Google Acquires Social App Firm Slide

Google has acquired web entertainment company Slide.

The acquisition is set to help Google to develop an online gaming division for its upcoming social networking platform.

According to a report by Silicon India, Google has paid $182 million to buy Slide, along with an additional $46 million as an employee retention bonus.

“The web is about people, and we are working to develop open, transparent, interesting and fun ways to allow our users to take full advantage of how technology can bring them closer to friends and family," said Google’s engineering director David Glazer in his blog.

The acquisition of Slide comes after Google invested $150 million in social gaming leader Zynga last month.

Slide is a San Francisco-based developer of applications for social networking platforms, including Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster and Orkut and was founded by Max Levchin, and has developed online applications like SuperPoke Pets, Top Fish, SPP Range and SuperPocus Academy of Magic.