Like any business the gaming industry is full of significant challenges, especially for small-to-medium sized companies. It isn't particularly surprising, then, when those with a little more success look to expand through acquiring smaller businesses, as now appears to be the case with Maximum Games taking over Avanquest Software Publishing.
Eager followers of the eShop may recognise the names. Examples of titles that Maximum Games has brought to 3DS include Putty Squad, Myst and Safari Quest; Avanquest has developed and published Jewel Quest games in addition to licensed titles such as Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest.
The acquisition means that Avanquest will now operated fully under the Maximum Games name, with the US-based company highlighting the deal as an opportunity to expand its reach and business in Europe.
Both of these companies have brought a host of titles to Nintendo's current-generation hardware, and it'll be interesting to see whether that continues in years to come.