Opera released the world’s “first” video gaming web browser back in 2019: Opera GX. Opera’s video gaming ambitions don’t stop there: it has simply purchased YoYo Games, the folks behind one of the most newbie-friendly game engines on the market; GameMaker Studio 2.

This news was announced on Opera’s official blog today, so it seems the acquisition went through relatively recently.

With YoYo Games under its wing, Opera has developed a new division, aptly called “Opera Video gaming.” Its core focus will be on “expanding Opera’s reach and abilities within the gaming space,” whatever that indicates.

Opera EVP of Browsers Krystian Kolondra hopes YoYo Games’ acquisition will permit it to discover “future synergies” in between Opera GX and GameMaker, though, once again, it’s hard to identify what that could mean.

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Perhaps Opera is preparing a bit of cross-advertising?

Possibly Opera is hoping that the engine’s novice-friendly nature will gain the attention of GX-using PC players who might have an interest in entering the advancement side of the market.

As far as I can keep in mind, I’ve never ever become aware of a browser maker buying any gaming company, not to mention one that makes its own relatively popular game engine

As such, it’ll be intriguing to see where this acquisition takes Opera and YoYo in the future– will they prosper, or will it end up being a big mistake? Just time will inform.


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