Acclaim acquired by social publisher Playdom

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

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

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

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Acclaim had actually been bought (at least) once before this already. It was originally a New York-based company before being bought over and absorbed into a new company of nearly the same name in California.

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I see. I thought it is Accolade, I'm still stuck in the 90s & 80s. Test Drive. see this: TD2 [url]<< LINK REMOVED >>[/url]

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It's the way of the world :)

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

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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.

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

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... 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?

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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.

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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]<< LINK REMOVED >>[/url] Not sure why Wizards and Warriors isn't on the list. Acclaimed released 2 sequels as well. [url]<< LINK REMOVED >>[/url]

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

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

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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.

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

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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. << LINK REMOVED >>+matchallpartial&Ntt=Turok << LINK REMOVED >> I guess some people forgot. Acclaim is dead to a lot of people already. Many didn't even know it was still around.

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

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

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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.

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

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Shadowman was Acclaim too wasnt it?

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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.

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

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

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

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Wrestlemania on the original NES. That was Acclaim.

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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?

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

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

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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: << LINK REMOVED >>

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

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

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Oh Acclaim... oh how you have fallen...

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

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

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

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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.

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The flock? Acclaim is still around? RUN!

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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@blackace 2moons

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

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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.

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