NetEase Acquires Halo Infinite & Minecraft Co-Developer, SkyBox Labs

Today, through an announcement, it was revealed that NetEase, a Chinese gaming and tech giant, has acquired SkyBox Labs. However, the cost of this acquisition was not disclosed. 

About  SkyBox Labs

SkyBox Labs Inc. is a Canadian video game developer located in Burnaby, British Columbia. Founded in 2011 by Derek MacNeil, Shyang Kong, and Steven Silvester, formerly from EA Vancouver, they are mostly known for their work with Xbox Game Studios on the Halo, Age of Empires, and Minecraft franchises.

SkyBox Labs is best known for its work as a support studio, and the teams at SkyBox Labs work with well-established titles, including Minecraft, Fallout 76, and Halo Infinite. Other than that, the studio also has two original games under its belt; TASTEE: Lethal Tactics and Stela

It is confirmed that even under its new owner, SkyBox Labs will operate independently with its current leadership intact. The partner developers working with SkyBox Labs are also unaffected, and the number of partner studios is expected to increase in the future. 

However, this acquisition will help the studio to access cutting-edge technology and adequate funding to reach its goals more efficiently while maintaining the quality of work they are known for. As one of the co-founders of SkyBox Labs, Shyang Kong, said:

Over the last decade, we’ve had the pleasure to work on beloved games such as Halo Infinite, Minecraft and Fallout 76. We remain committed to growing our presence in Canada, supporting our current and future partners, and co-developing more AAA games for some of the biggest game studios around the world.  

We have built a team of talented individuals who are passionate and creative, and by joining NetEase Games, we will also be able to accelerate our plans to pursue new creative opportunities, and enjoy access to world-class operational resources and the full breadth and depth of NetEase’s services so we can scale faster in Canada.”

What are your thoughts about this new acquisition by NetEase? And how will this acquisition change the dynamics at SkyBox Labs? Let us know in the comment section below.


Abdullah Amin

Abdullah is passionate about staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the gaming industry. With a strong background in writing and research, he is able to provide in-depth analysis and informative articles for a wide range of gaming audiences.
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