"Since we started in 2015, our goal has been to build active esports scenes around the games people love to play," Smash.gg wrote on its website under the banner headline "Smash.gg has been acquired by Microsoft!" The company said its service will continue running.
Microsoft confirmed the acquisition through its MSN Esports brand, which livestreams competitions and popular athletes as they play. The company declined to say how much it paid.
Smash.gg previously listed Microsoft as a partner company.
The move marks the latest way Microsoft's been expanding its gaming chops. Its Xbox division, which has been offering game consoles and high-profile titles like the Halo space war franchise since 2001, is one of the biggest players in the . Microsoft's also spent big to buy key video game makers, including in 2014; $7.5 billion for Fallout, Doom and The Elder Scrolls maker ZeniMax Media this year; and acquisitions of .
Not all of Microsoft's gaming acquisitions have gone smoothly, though. Microsoft bought theto compete with Amazon's popular Twitch.tv, both of which are designed for people to watch entertainers, professionals and fans play games live over the internet. Microsoft and built its capabilities into the Xbox video game console. Ultimately, , and Microsoft shut down the service earlier this year.