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Bonfire Goes Zynga, or: You Can't Keep a Local Gaming Company Down on the Farmville

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Hard to believe it's been almost two years since we posted

that item about the two local companies to rise from the ashes

of Ensemble Studios -- Robot Entertainment and Bonfire Studios, each consisting of ex-Microsofties scattered to the virtual winds after

Ensemble's September '08 demise

. Robot's still mining familiar territory, making

Age of Empire Online

for Microsoft and offering

Halo Wars

upgrades, while Bonfire went the social-gaming route, making as-yet-unreleased games for the Facebook.

Which only makes today's announcement all the more appropriate: Zynga, makers of FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has snapped up Bonfire. For how much? Doesn't say, but the three founders -- David Rippy, Bill Jackson and Scott Winsett -- will stay at the top. Bonfire's website's already gone, and not many more deets are known -- for the most part, as it says here, because "Bonfire's name hasn't been attached to any new games since it was founded." That'll more than likely change sooner than later.

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