Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games

    March 12, 2014
    Chris Crum

Guitar Hero creator Charles Huang (along with Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend) announced the launch of Green Throttle Games roughly a year and a half ago to focus on gaming hardware. Its first project was a controller for Android devices.

Now, news is out that Google has acquired some of the company’s staff (including Crowley and Townsend) and some assets. PandoDaily reports that Google confirmed the acquisition, but did not disclose the terms.

Last year, Green Throttle announced that its Arena app (which offered games through its platform) would shut down in November. The message still remains on its homepage:

The Green Throttle team has some important news to share. Beginning November 8th, 2013, our Arena app will no longer be available on Google Play or the Amazon Appstore for Android and all backend support for the app will cease.

Current owners of Arena and Atlas controllers will notice little change to functionality. For instance, they can still use the app to launch their existing games and their controllers will still function and behave as normal HID controllers would, even without Arena. Atlas controllers will even remain available for purchase. However, no more Green Throttle supported titles will be added to Arena going forward.

We’d like to acknowledge the incredible support we’ve received from our community. To everyone who has supported Green Throttle, whether it be as a player or as a developer, we want to say Thank You! We’re so grateful that you were able to join us in our journey to bring Android to the big screen; it has been amazing getting to know you all over the past year.

Stick around and we’ll keep you posted on the evolution of Green Throttle.

The Green Throttle Team

So far, the page hasn’t kept us posted, even to confirm the Google news, but that’s probably because Green Throttle remains a business with Huang continuing to control it. He is not part of the acquisition.

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Chris Crum
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