Question: Who owns GameMaker?

Answer

GameMaker is a popular game development engine that has been under the ownership of several companies over its history. GameMaker was owned by Opera Software. Opera, primarily known for its web browsers, acquired GameMaker from YoYo Games in January 2021.

Opera's acquisition aimed to expand its reach into the gaming industry, leveraging GameMaker's user-friendly platform for developing 2D games. GameMaker Studio 2 is the latest version of the software, which offers a range of tools for both novice and experienced developers to create games for various platforms.

Here is a brief history of GameMaker's ownership:

  • Mark Overmars: Created the original Animo program, which later evolved into GameMaker.
  • YoYo Games: Purchased by Sandy Duncan and others in 2007, they developed and released GameMaker Studio and GameMaker Studio 2.
  • Playtech: Acquired YoYo Games in 2015, before selling it to Opera Software.
  • Opera Software: The current owner , after acquiring YoYo Games.

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