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21st Century Fox unit buys mobile game developer Aftershock

FoxNext, the video games division of 21st Century Fox Inc. said June 6 that it acquired mobile games developer Aftershock.

Aftershock was spun off earlier in the year from gaming developer Kabam Inc., prior to the latter's acquisition by South Korea's NetMarble Games Corp. The company, which has studios in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is currently working with Lightstorm Entertainment to create a massively multiplayer mobile game based on James Cameron's "Avatar" franchise.

Aftershock's Aaron Loeb and his team will join FoxNext, with Loeb serving as president of studios. Other members of Aftershock's leadership team, including COO Yoko Nakao, Vice President and General Manager Amir Rahimi and marketing chief Jordan Edelstein, will also join FoxNext.

The deal is FoxNext's first acquisition since it was formed in January to develop mobile and online games based on virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as location-based entertainment for Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group.