Viber may be looking to make more gaming options available to Viber users. That’s how we interpret the news that Viber has acquired a social gaming startup. Nextpeer, a tech firm that helps programmers make mobile games work with social media networks, was purchased by Viber for $9 million.
Viber COO Michael Shmilov said in a statement that Nextpeer will be joining Viber to improve the platform for developers, although details were not forthcoming. “We are delighted to welcome the Nextpeer team to the Viber family. In this deal, we looked for a team that shares our passion, drives innovative thinking, and brings its expertise in building an open platform for developers,” he said.
Viber released Viber Games in December 2014, and a few games have already become popular with the messaging app’s 600 million users. More games and more functionality are likely to come in the future–we will let you know as they roll out!