Freelancer acquires Vworker, targets Elance, oDesk and Guru

Freelancer.com has announced that it has acquired vWorker.com, formerly known as Rentacoder, to strengthen its number one position in the competitive world of online job outsourcing marketplace.

vWorker was the fourth largest freelance marketplace in the world and the second largest by number of users. The new Freelancer.com now brings together a whopping 6.6 million freelancers worldwide across 600 skill categories and with a historical database of four million projects.

The acquisition means that the online freelancing market is now a deeply polarized one with Freelancer.com competing with Elance.com, Guru.com and ODesk.

The exact details of the acquisition haven’t been divulged but Techcrunch says that it is worth “millions of dollars”.

It is interesting to note that Freelancer.com, which was previously known as Getafreelancer.com, is an amalgamation of a number of websites including Scriptlance, Freelancer.co.uk, EUFreelance and Webmaster-talk.com.

It looks therefore as if the market is going through a round of consolidations, a maturation step that has been described by some vWorker customers as being a “nightmare” because no prior warning was given.

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