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Break Media Makes Another Gaming Move, Acquires FileFront Networks

Another move into gaming for Break Media, the dudecentric Web network. The Los Angeles-based company has acquired FileFront, a network of videogame sites.

The companies haven’t disclosed a purchase price, but a person familiar with the transaction said it was a cash deal in the “low- to mid-seven figures.” I assume, but don’t know, that there’s an earn-out clause as part of the deal.

Last month, Break announced plans to start developing its own lightweight Web games, following a path blazed by the likes of Zynga and Playfish, a unit of Electronic Arts (ERTS). FileFront comes at gaming from a different perspective–like News Corp.’s (NWS) IGN and CBS’s (CBS) GameSpot, it is heavy on videos, reviews, and guides, etc., to big-budget videogames, typically played on Sony’s (SNE) PS3 or Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox 360 consoles.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik