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Social game developer Kabam has snapped up indie gamers with an impressive Hollywood pedigree -- Fearless Studios.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Fearless launched in 2010 by Haden Blackman and Cedrick Collomb, both alumni from LucasArts.

Blackman worked on seven Star Wars titles published by LucasArts and is also a comic book writer while Collomb was director of engineering for LucasArts, and previously worked as a programmer with Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment and Sega.

“The Fearless Studios team brings a wealth of talent and experience in creating outstanding, highly successful AAA titles across a range of genres,” said Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam.

“Their skills in game design, emerging technologies and proficiency in making the transition from 2D to 3D on consoles mesh perfectly with Kabam’s strategy. We’ll significantly strengthen our industry leadership as the online gaming market transitions to higher fidelity, 3D gameplay with our acquisition of Fearless Studios.”

Kabam titles include The Godfather: Five Families, Dragons of Atlantis, Edgeworld and Kingdoms of Camelot.

Chou added that the teaming was a perfect fit between people who share the same vision on the future of gaming lies online. “We’re looking forward to the team’s contributions as we look to use next gen web technologies (think 3D) and push the development of higher fidelity F2P, web-based games designed for our audience of core gamers,” he said. ®

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