Disney acquire Tapulous, the makers of Tap Tap Revenge and Twinkle

The Walt Disney Company has confirmed it has bought app-based music gaming company Tapulous, the company behind the Tap Tap Revenge franchise.

Financial details were not disclosed but as part of the deal Tapulous co-founders Bart Decrem and Andrew Lacy will become SVPs at Disney Interactive Media Group.

Tapulous has over 30m users of its different games and has built bespoke versions of Tap Tap Revenge for acts including Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Nickelback.

It has also launched the motion-based Riddim Ribbon game built around the music of Black Eyed Peas and the Tap Tap Radiation game for the iPad.

It is expected Disney will now move deeper into both mobile and gaming with its music properties such as Hannah Montana and High School Musical.

When asked by MocoNews why his company had acquired Tapulous, Disney Interactive Media Group president Steve Wadsworth said, “Because they have great talent. They have proven success with iPhone games and applications, and they’ve built a big footprint with the applications they have. And they’ve demonstrated an ability to very effectively monetize what they do.”

Last month, Warner Music signed a deal with Tapulous to build bespoke apps around a number of its acts.

Tap Tap Revenge was one of the first apps to allow in-app track purchasing and through this, it has sold over 5m downloads.

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