NetEase acquired Skybox Labs, a leading Canadian-based game studio

Leading internet and gaming services provider NetEase Inc. has announced that it has acquired Canadian game company SkyBox Labs by its game branch, NetEase Games.

Shyang Kong, co-founder of SkyBox Labs, says: “Over the last decade, we’ve had the pleasure to work on beloved games such as Halo Infinite, Minecraft, and Fallout 76. We remain committed to growing our presence in Canada, supporting our current and future partners, and co-developing more AAA games for some of the biggest game studios around the world. We have built a team of talented individuals who are passionate and creative, and by joining NetEase Games, we will also be able to accelerate our plans to pursue new creative opportunities, and enjoy access to world-class operational resources and the full breadth and depth of NetEase’s services so we can scale faster in Canada.”

NetEase will support the Skylabs Box studio with resources and execution capabilities

Under the direction of its three co-founders, Shyang Kong, Derek MacNeil, and Steven Silvester, SkyBox Labs will continue to run independently within NetEase Games and offer a complete spectrum of game development services to current and potential partners.

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SkyBox Labs will receive assistance from NetEase in the form of resources and execution capabilities so that the studio can scale more quickly without sacrificing the caliber of its output. SkyBox Labs will keep expanding, keeping its current team, and adding new people in Canada in all game development disciplines, including art, engineering, design, production, and QA. In addition to assisting local communities in Canada, NetEase and SkyBox Labs actively engage in cultural events and other endeavours.

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