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Sony Sells Online Game Developing Unit

San Diego — Sony said Monday it sold online gaming division Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) to Columbus Nova.

SOE has developed games, including the “EverQuest” series, since the 1990s, and has focused on the Windows and Sony platforms, but will now operate as an independent game development studio and is expected to expand support to the Xbox and mobile platforms as well.

The company, which will be known as Daybreak Game Company going forward, will continue to focus on creating online games for players around the world, as well as multi-platforms.

For customers, the company said, “it will be business as usual and all SOE games will continue on their current path of development and operation. In fact, we expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition.”

The sale is part of a wide-ranging streamlining effort Sony has undertaken in a bid to restore lost profitability with a renewed focus on core businesses.