Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the acquisition of Turbine, Inc, further expanding its position as one of the industry's fastest-growing games publishers.

"Turbine is a leader in online entertainment and a strong strategic fit for Warner Bros. as we continue to broaden our games portfolio and development capabilities," said Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. "Turbine's renowned online game development and publishing expertise will help us develop additional online product offerings, while also providing us with new and innovative ways to market and communicate with our consumers."

Founded in 1994, Turbine is the creator of Dungeons & Dragons Online, the free-to-play massively multiplayer online role playing game, and The Lord of the Rings Online, the first and only MMORPG based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The acquisition also unifies all games rights for the Lord of the Rings franchise under Warner Bros..

"We have been looking to expand access to our online worlds to more players and more markets," said Jim Crowley, president and CEO, Turbine, Inc. "This acquisition is very exciting because it allows us to expand globally while continuing to focus on creating spectacular online games that our loyal fans and players have come to expect."