Here's an odd but true story. Online retailer and Kindle Fire maker Amazon has acquired Killer Instinct creator Double Helix for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Irvine, California-based company that created Killer Instinct for the Xbox One console, was founded in 2007 through the merger of The Collective and Shiny Entertainment. The company currently employs around 75 people, who will continue to operate out of their Orange County offices, according to TechCrunch.
The deal was leaked online after Amazon sent out an invitation to a joint recruiting event from Amazon and Double Helix Games taking place in L.A. on February 13th. Amazon has confirmed that the deal has happened, though how much it spent to acquire the studio remains a mystery.
"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers," the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.
This acquisition also throws fuel to the speculative fire about Amazon planning to launch a set-top box/home console system later in the year capable of playing games and streaming video content à la its Amazon Prime service.