SoftBank buys game-maker Supercell, eyes distributor Brightstar

Sprint parent SoftBank has purchased majority control of Finnish gaming developer Supercell, the Japanese carrier disclosed Tuesday, and said today that it is in talks to acquire Brightstar, a closely held U.S.-based distributor of smartphones. Supercell will provide SoftBank with a deeper involvement in the booming mobile gaming business. "Our long-term vision is to build the first truly global games company, one with a strong foothold in the big Western markets as well as in each of the big three Asia markets," Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen said.

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