Zynga Picks Up iOS Game Engine Developers Through Partial Acquisition of Sapus Media

Zynga brought on two major contributors to an open source 2-D game engine for the iPhone today through a partial acquisition of Sapus Media. Ricardo Quesada and Rolando Abarca, two South American developers from Argentina and Chile, are joining the company.

They both were very active in building cocos2d, an iOS gaming library that’s used by large game developers like ngmoco, South Korea’s Gamevil and Atari.

Zynga has actively been trying to improve its performance in mobile gaming. It not only hired Yahoo executive David Ko to run its mobile division, but it’s also made a series of mobile acquisitions in the last year including Words With Friends maker Newtoy and the U.K.’s Wonderland Software.

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