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This half-billion dollar Zynga acquisition just paid off

Max A. Cherney
This half-billion dollar Zynga acquisition just paid off

The half-billion-dollar bet that Zynga Inc. made three chief executives ago may have just paid off. After the market closed Tuesday, the videogame maker announced that it had signed a deal with Walt Disney Co. (DIS) for the rights to develop and publish a new “Star Wars” mobile game under its NaturalMotion studio. The deal is a considerable victory for Zynga, which has struggled to earn back its 2014 investment of $527 million in the U.K.-based NaturalMotion.