Acclaim acquired by social publisher Playdom

Social games publisher acquires Acclaim Games including key talent; will continue as an internal development studio.

Playdom has announced its acquisition of fellow free-to-play publisher Acclaim Games. The once-prominent third party publisher's name will live on as an internal studio at California-based Playdom and will continue on its new untitled Facebook game scheduled for release this summer. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Free-to-play Acclaim games like BOTS will now fall under the Playdom umbrella.

Originally founded in 1987 as a publisher for consoles, PCs, and arcades, Acclaim enjoyed mixed success until its filing for bankruptcy in 2004. It was responsible for critically lauded titles, such as Turok and Burnout 1 and 2, as well as less warmly received titles, such as BMX XXX, Batman Forever, and Space Jam.

Following the breakup of the company, Throwback Entertainment purchased many of Acclaim's key intellectual properties, while former Activision executive Howard Marks purchased the brand name.

Marks went on to reboot Acclaim Games as a free-to-play games portal and has had success with the rhythm action game RockFree, which has 15 million registered players. Marks will continue to run Acclaim under Playdom and will step up to a senior strategic role at the parent company. Acclaim's previous chief technology officer, Neil Malhotra, will also step up as Playdom's senior technical officer. Acclaim had also employed veteran developer Dave Perry as its chief creative officer, though he left the company in December to focus on the Gaikai streaming game service.

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Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

The south park game for the n64 was pretty fun, I thought acclaim was dead though, now it really is.

solaraguy240
solaraguy240

@blackace I think they also did ninja turtles for genisis. (hyperstone hyste?)

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

@firehawk998: lol they did have some horrible publicity stunts back in the day.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Ah Acclaim this companies final hours in Business were some of the worst . I once remember they were asking people to name their children turok on a certain date and they were also contacting people with deceased love ones to put the name Shadow Man on thier tombstones.

luckjon
luckjon

NBA Jam and Mortal Kombat, the only worthy titles out of Acclaim.

lock445
lock445

... hopefully they don't convert this decent company into a casual- only, social spot. Their F2P MMOGs are decent at best but they don't deserve to go down and under for it... they have a few good franchises under their belt deserving of pick up and reboots right?

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Wow Acclaim. I haven't that name in so long, they were out of the limelight long before they went under. I loved the All Star Baseball series.

blackace
blackace

acsam12304 this is going to sound sad to a lot of you. but whos Acclaim? ( im 21) ****************************************************************************** You probably don't know what a Genesis or SNES is either then. Acclaim was a publishing/development company that made and published games like Turok, NBA JAM, Mortal Kombat, Dave Mirra BMX, Spiderman, Simpson & WWF Wrestling games (when they had the rights.). You can read up on it here. [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acclaim_Entertainment[/url] Not sure why Wizards and Warriors isn't on the list. Acclaimed released 2 sequels as well. [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizards_and_Warriors[/url]

Slagar
Slagar

@runstalker Also like Sega hasn't really been Sega (even though they were always hit-and-miss even at the best of times).

acsam12304
acsam12304

this is going to sound sad to a lot of you. but whos Acclaim? ( im 21)

juxtapose519
juxtapose519

The Turok series was a pretty respectible edition to the N64 library, but I don't think it really needs to be revived when there are so many better out there today. I say let Acclaim die with what dignity it has left.

PHILRYABKIN
PHILRYABKIN

Acclaim please make a new Turok or better yet a Burnout in the classic style.

blackace
blackace

I would take an update to Wizards & Warriors and a new Inline Skating game. We're already getting a new NBA JAM game in a few weeks. ************************************************************************** juxtapose519 Posted May 20, 2010 3:07 pm PT The Turok series was a pretty respectible edition to the N64 library, but I don't think it really needs to be revived when there are so many better out there today. I say let Acclaim die with what dignity it has left. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Turok was already revived. http://www.gamestop.com/browse/search.aspx?N=0&Ntk=TitleKeyword&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntt=Turok http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/action/turok/review.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=summary%3Bread-review I guess some people forgot. Acclaim is dead to a lot of people already. Many didn't even know it was still around.

Darthrocker
Darthrocker

oh please pickup the fur fighters series... the first one was awesome...

X-RS
X-RS

xgra i feel is a video game necessity. where is it? (or even a cousin?)

runstalker
runstalker

Acclaim is like Atari: this company hasn't been 'really' Acclaim, like the old school original Acclaim, for many years. That company and its studio network died a while ago, and the Acclaim name and IPs were purchased by others, then again sold and purchased this week by Playdom. Much like Atari switching owners since the demise of the Lynx and Jaguar, eventually landing in the hands of the oft-maligned Infogrames France-based ownership group. So, don't think of this current "Acclaim", the post-1987 to 2004 Acclaim, with any connection to the original company whatsoever. These days it's a dreary Free-to-Play MMO grindhouse provider.

arbsetbse6
arbsetbse6

Forsaken was awesome, too bad there's only like 20 people playing online left.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Shadowman was Acclaim too wasnt it?

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

I didn't think Acclaim still existed anymore. This is a surprise to me. They made and published some pretty good games back in the day.

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

@ dgnr82cool But not the Acclaim since the bankrupt and the company IP bought out since 2004.

Michael324
Michael324

Ive always HATED Acclaim since the Mortal Kombat Snes/Genesis days. They took Midway's masterpeiece and messed it up even back then.

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

It's like weekend with Bernie. Just a corpse being dragged around.

dgnr82cool
dgnr82cool

Wrestlemania on the original NES. That was Acclaim.

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

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Nerkcon
Nerkcon

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blackace
blackace

Marques123 Posted May 20, 2010 8:20 am PT Posted May 20, 2010 3:39 pm GMT I thought Acclaim went under 4-5yrs ago. I know they were suppose to have an online only gaming site, but I never wasted much time checking it out. . . . Originally founded in 1987 as a publisher for consoles, PCs and arcades, Acclaim enjoyed mixed success until its filing for bankruptcy in 2004. *********************************************************************** Ok, 6 years ago. I was close. Still they didn't go completely under. They has a free online gaming site where they were making money from advertising. Don't know if they dabbled in phone games as well. I can't remember. ******************************************************************* gamer082009 I don't play many Acclaim games so I don't care.. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Why are you commented then? lol!! That's like sitting on an inner-tube in a pool and saying, "I don't swim, so I don't care." You cared enough to make a comment. See my point?

gamer082009
gamer082009

I don't play many Acclaim games so I don't care.. :D

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

LOL they corrected themselves. Under the picture it used to say 'Acclaim will now make games for Playdom'.

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

A LOT of you seem to be confused. The good Acclaim did die back in 2004 and then Throwback Entertainment bought out all their games. Then a completely different guy bought out Acclaim and the company became a completely different kind of video game company and have since then published (not make) bad quality free to play Korean MMORPGs (which means PC gamers always had been able to play 'their' games). Basically since 2004 the company has been transformed from within and has only been the same IN. NAME. AND. LOGO. ONLY. If you don't believe me this information has been on Wikipedia for a while and you can see all their games here: http://www.acclaim.com/

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Oh Acclaim...I remember you well.... Saw the logo dozens of times when I booted up Redline. xD

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

acclaim was still around? i remember the acclaim logo on the burnout games... but well, you know how that went!

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

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King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

I always wanted a Vexx 2 but I know that will never happen

Ovirew
Ovirew

I didn't know Acclaim was still around, to be honest.

awarriorg
awarriorg

Forsaken, Turok II, Extreme-G, Burnout - those were some good N64 games.

nate1222
nate1222

Some of Acclaims older games rocked. Now PC gamers will have access to them. Honestly, with downloading becoming the norm, I see this industry shift continuing. Over time, more and more consloe devs/publishers are going to make their back-catalogs downloads via PC. And why not? At least then they can continue making money off of their back-catalogs. There'd no dev costs (these games were developed 10-15 years ago), being downloads means they get paid per purchase (no USED stuff) and they'd have a built in consumer base (Retro gamers, like myself). The Playdom/Acclaim deal isn't structured that way, but others will be.

Nerkcon
Nerkcon

Wait, why are they buying out a publisher to make games? Acclaim didn't make any of the games they publish right now.

Big_Mac4547
Big_Mac4547

NICE did they get LJN too because that would be the start of a power house i tells ya! and if you need to know LJN made some of teh worst games of all time on the NES

Marques123
Marques123

Posted May 20, 2010 3:39 pm GMT I thought Acclaim went under 4-5yrs ago. I know they were suppose to have an online only gaming site, but I never wasted much time checking it out. . . . Originally founded in 1987 as a publisher for consoles, PCs and arcades, Acclaim enjoyed mixed success until its filing for bankruptcy in 2004.

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

Yeah Acclaim had a very mixed record with me. Turok games were good, Burnout was good but not much else besides those ones.

Code-Llama
Code-Llama

I used to play Dance! Online a lot, until they stopped caring about it. I then moved to the Chinese version of the game. Good times.

Scottopia
Scottopia

This actually makes me smile. Most of my favorite games from back in the day were from Acclaim. Glad to see them live on in some way.

ne0man
ne0man

don't forget Forsaken, and all those fun 2d wwf games

blackace
blackace

I thought Acclaim went under 4-5yrs ago. I know they were suppose to have an online only gaming site, but I never wasted much time checking it out. Some of my favorite Acclaim games were Wizards and Warriors, Dave Mirra BMX series, NBA Jam, Turok, Re-Volt, Mortal Kombat 1 & 2, Agressive Inline Skating and Burnout. Everything else was pretty much crap. The Simpson series was a total disaster and so were most of the Wrestly games. I was so happy when TH-Q took over the WWF/WWE franchise. If you've never played Agressive Inline Skaking, defnitely search out a copy of this game. It's similar to Tony Hawk's earlier skateboarding, but it has it's own charm. I don't think there are any other "Inline skating" games on the market.