TechCrunch is reporting that Slide has been acquired by Google for a reported $182 million, in which the deal will be announced on Friday. TechCrunch’s sources are also reporting that this won’t be the last of Google’s M&A activity in the social gaming space. Just a few weeks ago, Google also reportedly invested $100 million into Zynga.
Until the deal is confirmed by Slide or Google, it’s hard to tell on what the future of Slide, and the executive team will be. Slide’s founder Max Levchin is also the first investor in Slide, and has a majority steak in the company. For those who aren’t aware, Levchin founded PayPal, and sold it to eBay.
For Google, this would be a huge step in the world of social gaming, which is currently ruled by Zynga, and their Facebook games. If it’s true, Google will also be coming out with its “Facebook killer,” where they’ve appointed Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra to lead the charge.
Slide was founded in 2005, and has currently 125 employees based in offices around the world, with the companies headquarters being in San Francisco.
This won’t be the last we hear from Google in the social gaming space.
Update: Just like predicted, Google announced a few minutes ago that they indeed have acquired Slide.