Feeds

Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

Killer Instinct Xbox maker joins Bezos and Chums

Boost IT visibility and business value

Amazon has bought a video games studio called Double Helix, fuelling rumours that it will soon release its own branded console.

The High Street Herod has already done its bit to hobble the book and record shop sectors.

Now it may have its sights on putting the boot into former console kings Nintendo, or even trying to nibble away at Sony and Microsoft's dominant market shares.

Double Helix most recently made a version of Killer Instinct for the Xbox One. The title was released as a launch game along with the console.

Double Helix was formed from a merger of Shiny Entertainment, makers of Earthworm Jim, and The Collective, which designed Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb as well as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

An Amazon spokesman said: "Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

Amazon is expected to allow Double Helix to finish the games it is currently working on. It will take on the game designers' staff as well as its IP.

The announcement was due to be made later on in February, but leaked prematurely.

Persistent rumours suggest Amazon is set to release an Android-based games console costing about £200.

If it does this, Amazon will be in direct competition with the console bigboys which, let's not forget, rely on Amazon for much of their sales.

Perhaps Amazon's Killer Instinct could be set to to wreck this cosy relationship. ®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.