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Video: Here Are the Dudes Disney Got With Tapulous

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Last year, BoomTown visited the downtown Palo Alto, Calif., storefront office of Tapulous, the maker of the hugely popular iPhone music game app Tap Tap Revenge.

Disney (DIS) confirmed it bought the Silicon Valley start-up yesterday.

The company was one of the first big successes on the Apple (AAPL) service, growing its innovative games strongly with only a small amount of angel funding.

But Tapulous is one of many online games makers in the increasingly competitive arena, and its sale is part of what will be an inevitable consolidation in the space.

Numerous sources said the company had been looking to sell for some time now, especially since music fees were high for the smaller outfit and hindered its ability to grow its business. Presumably that will not be the case at Disney.

In any case, here’s an interview I did then with co-founders Andrew Lacy and Bart Decrem–both of whom are staying with Disney to work on mobile games initiatives–about the iPhone ecosystem and where it is all going:


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