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Zynga Continues Growth by Acquisition With Purchase of DNA Games

Zynga has acquired DNA Games, a small maker of Facebook games, including titles such as Casino City, Slot City and Bar World.

The acquisition for Zynga, which is also aggressively hiring, marks its 14th in the past 12 months. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In this case, Zynga is acquiring the company’s games in addition to its employees. With other recent acquisitions, Zynga was only interested in the talent. For instance, in March, it “acqhired” six employees from Boston-area Floodgate Entertainment.

It’s unclear what will be the fate of DNA’s games, which attract a fairly small audience on Facebook, or roughly 288,431 daily users and 2.4 million monthly users, according to AppData.

DNA games, which is based in San Francisco, was funded by Battery Ventures and Bain Capital Ventures, and raised around $2 million in venture capital. It was founded in 2009 by Jon Lee and Shaun Haase.

Zynga said DNA’s team will be the basis for a studio focused on creating new games. Lee will be a general manager, reporting to Mark Skaggs, Zynga’s SVP of product development.