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Opera acquires Game Maker Studio 2 creator Yoyo Games

Game Maker Studio 2

Browser developer Opera has acquired Yoyo Games, the creators of the 2D game engine Game Maker Studio 2. The deal is worth $10 million.

The purchase is described as a building block for the new Opera Gaming division. The new Opera GX browser is built specifically with gamers in mind. It sounds like the company plans to integrate Game Maker and the Opera GX browser, but details are light at this point.

“With Opera GX, Opera had adapted its proven, innovative browser tech platform to dramatically expand its footprint in gaming. We’re at the brink of a shift when more and more people start not only playing but also creating and publishing games,” says Opera EVP Krystian Kolondra.

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“Game Maker Studio 2 is best-in-class game development software, and lowers the barrier to entry for anyone to start making their games and offer them across a wide range of web-supported platforms, from PCs, to, mobile iOS/Android devices, to consoles,” Kolondra adds.

If you’re unfamiliar with it, Game Maker Studio is a 2D and 2.5D game development software and game engine. Part of its popularity comes from the fact that it does not require extensive coding skills. Many notable games were developed on the platform, including indie hits like Risk of Rain, Undertale, and Hyper Light Drifter.

As for Opera GX, the company’s website states that the browser comes with Discord/Twitch sidebar integration. It also has “built-in limiters for CPU, RAM, and network usage” if you need the browser open while gaming. It also identifies tabs that are resource hogs.