Amazon acquires game studio Double Helix following console rumours

Amazon has acquired game studio Double Helix, the maker of the Xbox One exclusive game Killer Instinct.  

"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,"  the company confirmed to Pocket-lint.

TechCrunch first reported the deal on Wednesday, saying it was for both talent and intellectual property. Double Helix was formed in 2007 when studios The Collective and Shiny Entertainment combined. It now employs about 75 people. 

With a game studio in its ranks, Amazon could be getting serious about invading your living room. 

The acquisition of the Double Helix follows rumours that the online retailer will launch a set-top box/video game console in 2014. The design of the hardware is said to be similar to the PSone redesign, being grey in colour with sharp edges and an oblong shape. It will also reportedly have third-party apps and content from a variety of sources. 

Amazon wouldn't comment on what the Double Helix team will be working on, but it will continue to operate out of its Orange County offices in California. 



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