Disney acquires Tapulous for undisclosed sum

Fri, Jul 2, 2010


Tapulous, the makers of the immensely popular Tap Tap Revenge franchise for the iPhone, were recently bought out by Disney according to a report in TechCrunch earlier this week.

Tapulous’ music-oriented games appeal to a younger crowd in particular. The company puts out versions of Tap Tap Revenge featuring the songs of specific artists such as Justin Bieber Revenge, Lady Gaga Revenge, Nickelback Revenge, and Nine Inch Nails Revenge. Its other mobile music,Riddim Ribbon is also a hit.

Disney Interactive Studios sells a slew of video games built around Disney movies and characters such as Toy Story, Cars, and Hannah Montana. Most of these games are for consoles like the Xbox, PS3, or GameBoy. Buying Tapulous gets it into the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad gaming platform and gives it a strong presence in music-related games.

In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Tapulous founder Bart Decrem noted that Tapulous will be a key part of Disney’s Interactive Media Group and will help broaden their mobile entertainment offerings.

As part of Disney Interactive Media Group, we’ll develop more games, more quickly and with the resources of the world’s leading entertainment company. We will continue to develop apps that live at the intersection of music and gaming, but we’ll also push into new and exciting areas of mobile social entertainment.

Impressively, Decrem also notes that Tap Tap Revenge has been downloaded over 35 million times. A purchase price for the deal was not made available.



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