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in Websites - 12 Jul, 2012
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Freelancer buys competition – similar websites

In a move to grow it’s user base and consolidate it’s position as the world’s number 1 freelance marketplace,  Freelancer.com has bought one of its competitors, Canada’s Scriptlance (the fifth-largest freelance marketplace).

Scriptlance was started in 2001 and claims to have more than 360,000 enterprise and professional users from 244 countries, and more than 600,000 projects posted to its site, with US$43 million paid out to users.
In a message sent to the Scriptlance users, Freelance lure them to be active on the new platform:

You’ve just become part of something big! We are pleased to announce that Scriptlance has recently been acquired by Freelancer.com – the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace.

From today, all Scriptlance members will be transitioned over to our Freelancer.com platform. You can be assured that it’s business as usual as your account, projects and funds will be transferred to ensure you feel right at home during this exciting transition.

By becoming a member of Freelancer, you’ll notice improved features, ease of use, better security as well as 24/7 live customer support. Additionally, you’ll find a much deeper marketplace with over 4 million skilled freelancers ready to complete your work.

With over 2.3 million projects completed to date in over 450 skill categories, the opportunities available to you are now greater than ever before!

As a valued member of Freelancer.com, we are pleased to provide you with this bonus:

  • You will receive 30 days Free Standard Membership (value US$24.95).
  • Your profile will be highlighted with a special “Foundation Scriptlance Member” badge.
  • Your account, projects and funds have been merged with your existing Freelancer.com account.

With this acquisition Freelancer.com officially enters into the Canadian market.

Scriptlance members will be automatically transitioned to the Freelancer.com platform, those who have accounts on both sites will have their accounts merged into one Freelancer.com account.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with the global leader in the space. Selling to Freelancer made a lot of sense for us — they have the number one brand, and the best scale and geographic reach of anyone in the industry,” Trescases Founder of Scriptlance said.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.