Playdom Takes Over Metaplace

Mountain View, CA-based social gaming company Playdom announced yesterday that it has acquired Metaplace, a San Diego-based startup that built social virtual worlds software and introduced two Facebook social games, Island Life and My Vineyard, earlier this year. Metaplace co-founder and CEO John Donham will run Playdom’s new San Diego office, according to the announcement, while co-founder and president Raph Koster and several other staff will move to Playdom’s Mountain View headquarters. As Bruce reported, Metaplace closed its consumer-facing virtual worlds site last December after failing to generate enough business. The terms of this week’s acquisition weren’t disclosed; Metaplace had raised at least $9.4 million from a group of investors that included Charles River Ventures, Crescendo Ventures, Marc Andreessen, and Ben Horowitz.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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