Like Griptonite Games, Inc.

closed 8/2/2011 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile, acquired Griptonite Games, Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global publisher of social mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that it has acquired Griptonite Games, a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Griptonite has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a global publisher of Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world - supporting iOS, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7 devices and beyond. "
target parent: Foundation 9 Entertainment
target: Griptonite Games, Inc.
Griptonite Games is a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Based in Kirkland, WA, Griptonite employs approximately 200 people and has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
price ($mm)
$28
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$21
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closed 2/8/2011 via BusinessWire

24 Mobile Advertising Solutions, purchased Wireless Operations from THQ, Inc.

synopsis: 24MAS, a leader in mobile advertising and application distribution, has acquired THQ Inc.’s wireless operations and its global carrier business from parent company THQ Inc., a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software.
buyer: 24 Mobile Advertising Solutions
24MAS is an established leader for targeted mobile advertising, application solutions and application hosting in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America, Australia, and Europe. "
seller: THQ, Inc. (THQI:$830.84)
THQ Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices.
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announced 7/17/2007 via BusinessWire

Oberon Media, will acquire PixelPlay, Inc.

synopsis: Oberon Media, the world’s leading multi-platform casual-games company, announced its intention to acquire PixelPlay, the world’s leading creator and distributor of games and entertainment in the interactive TV market.
buyer: Oberon Media
Oberon Media is the world’s leading multi-platform casual-games company, with expertise in the online, mobile and interactive TV categories. The Oberon Game Center platform is the industry standard and has been adopted by some of the world's largest corporations. "
target: PixelPlay, Inc.
PixelPlay is the leading provider of interactive entertainment services and technology for emerging platforms including ITV, IPTV, the “broadband internet” and mobile devices worldwide. The company creates and distributes games featuring many top brands.
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closed 4/17/2007 via BusinessWire

GlobalFun AB, purchased mobile game division from Bryo srl

synopsis: GlobalFun, a leader in wireless entertainment publishing and development, has acquired the mobile game division of Italian distributor Bryo srl, in a move to strengthen GlobalFun's Italian market presence. Bryo, situated in Milano, Italy, is working as a mobile games distributor.
buyer: GlobalFun AB
GlobalFun is a leading wireless entertainment developer and publisher. GlobalFun brings state of the art, high quality wireless games to end-users worldwide by being a preferred supplier to wireless carriers, hand-set manufacturers and e-tailers. "
seller: Bryo srl
Bryo is an Italian publisher and distributor of PC and Mobile games. Bryo publishes previously unreleased PC titles through kiosks/newsstands, retails and chains in Italy. The extended distribution network permits the company to maximize sales and offer quality mobile games at a competitive price.
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closed 1/31/2007 via PR Newswire

PlayStar Corporation, acquired Function Inc.

synopsis: Playstar Corporation has closed its 100% acquisition of Function Inc. In a press release dated Dec 20th it was stated our acquisition was increased to 100% and in escrow until Jan 11th 2007. The transaction is closed and now operating as a full subsidiary of Playstar Corporation.
buyer: PlayStar Corporation
In 2006 PlayStar Corp. sold its fitness tape business and now plans to acquire Premier Mobile Technologies, a maker of text messaging systems. Since 2004 the company has been involved in such ventures as online financial services and Internet casino gambling. "
target: Function Inc.
Function Inc has filed many patents and trademarks worldwide of its proprietary SMS Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Text Message (SMS) and Online games. First quarter of 2007 Function Inc. will roll out their first series of proprietary SMS and Online games.
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closed 9/27/2006 via PR Newswire

Digital Orchid, acquired Blue Tech

synopsis: Digital Orchid, the leading developer and distributor of wireless applications for major sports, lifestyle and entertainment brands, has acquired Blue Tech, the prominent European developer and distributor of branded mobile games and wireless applications. The acquisition provides Digital Orchid with advanced Java and gaming application technology.
buyer: Digital Orchid
Digital Orchid, a San Diego based company, uses its patented and patent-pending technology to distribute wireless brand applications to mobile devices in the global community. "
target: Blue Tech
Based in Madrid, Blue Tech is the leading developer and publisher of mobile games in Europe and is the parent company of Kato Studios. Blue Tech's gaming applications are distributed in multiple languages across Java, Doja and Brew, and on popular mobile handsets.
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closed 3/6/2006 via PR Newswire

THQ, Inc., acquired Juice Games, Ltd.

synopsis: THQ, Inc. announced it has expanded its global studio system by acquiring its first European-based development studio, Juice Games Ltd. The UK-based studio has recently developed the critically-acclaimed Juiced for the PlayStation 2, the Xbox, and is redefining the handheld racing genre by bringing the franchise to the PSP.
buyer: THQ, Inc. (THQI:$830.84)
THQ Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. "
target: Juice Games, Ltd.
Juice Games is a UK-based console and handheld games developer. Founded in 2003 and acquired by THQ in 2006, Juice Games employs over 50 staff at its Warrington offices.
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announced 12/30/2005 via PR Newswire

Hurray! Holdings Co., Ltd., will acquire Shanghai Magma Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Hurray! Holdings Co., Ltd., a leader in advanced wireless value-added services, digital music production and distribution, and mobile telecommunication network software in the People's Republic of China, today announced the signing of definitive agreements to acquire 100% of the equity interest in Shanghai Magma Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
buyer: Hurray! Holdings Co., Ltd. (KUTV:$10.91)
Hurray! Holding Co., Ltd. is a leader in artist development, music production, concerts and other music events and offline distribution, and distributon of music and music-related products such as ringtones, in China. "
target: Shanghai Magma Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Magma Digital Technology Co., Ltd., a leading developer and publisher of wireless Java games in China. Magma has built up an experienced wireless game development team, which has successfully published approximately 200 original in-house games.
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$4.10
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closed 5/11/2005 via PR Newswire

Nival Interactive, acquired Targem Games

synopsis: Nival Interactive, a leading international video game developer headquartered in the United States, is pleased to announce its purchase of a controlling interest in Targem Games, one of Russia's leading game developers.
buyer: Nival Interactive
Nival Interactive is Russia's leading game developer, and also the largest, with four development teams and staff of over 140 dedicated professionals and true game enthusiasts. Nival Interactive has gained worldwide recognition from both press and gamers thanks to its impressive lineup of highly suc"
target: Targem Games
Targem, founded in 2002, is based in Ekaterinburg, Russia. With a team of 40, Targem has produced titles for the PC, Pocket PC & Mobile platforms. Their current projects include "Hard Truck: Apocalyptic Wars," an Action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where semi trucks have become the only way t
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closed 4/20/2005 via BusinessWire

JAMDAT Mobile Inc., acquired Blue Lava Wireless

synopsis: Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. announced the completion earlier today of its acquisition of Blue Lava Wireless, LLC for approximately $137 million.
buyer parent: Electronic Arts Inc.
buyer: JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (JMDT:$0.00)
Los Angeles-based JAMDAT Mobile Inc. has emerged as one of the most successful and influential wireless entertainment companies in the world. JAMDAT provides entertainment applications and proprietary enabling technologies that support multiple wireless platforms. "
target: Blue Lava Wireless
Blue Lava Wireless, was created to bring quality wireless gaming to the North American market. The company was founded by Henk Rogers, the entrepreneur widely recognized for his efforts in making Tetris into the mega-hit it is today.
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closed 7/2/2020 via

Zynga, Inc., acquired Peak Games

synopsis: Zynga Inc., a global leader in interactive entertainment, has acquired Peak, one of the most globally successful mobile gaming companies. Peak currently has two top charting mobile franchises -- Toon Blast and Toy Blast.
buyer: Zynga, Inc. (ZNGA:$1,605.21)
Zynga is an American video game developer running social video game services since 2007. The company develops social games that work stand-alone on mobile phone platforms such as Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone and on the Internet through its website, Zynga.com, and social networking websites. "
target: Peak Games
Peak is a leading mobile gaming company powered by a team that values relentless progress. Peak currently has two top charting mobile franchises -- Toon Blast and Toy Blast -- that have consistently ranked within the top 10 and top 20 U.S. Peak, founded in 2010, is based in Istanbul, Turkey.
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$1,800
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announced 5/27/2020 via BNC Analysis

CRIWARE, will acquire R-Force Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: CRI Middleware Co., Ltd. (CRIWARE), a Japan-based company that provides middleware to the video game industry, will acquire R-Force Entertainment, a Japanese video game developer that specializes in mobile games. R-Force Entertainment's catalogue of games include Boyfriend Glitter Note, MASS FOR THE DEAD, Panel Wakusei, and more.
buyer: CRIWARE (TSE:3698:$17.17)
Founded in 1983, CRI Middleware Co., Ltd. (CRIWARE) is a Japan-based company that provides middleware to the video game industry. CRIWARE's middlware consists of audio and video solutions that can be integrated with popular game engines such as Unity, Unreal Engine and Cocos2d-x. "
target: R-Force Entertainment Inc.
R-Force Entertainment is a Japanese video game developer that specializes in mobile games. R-Force Entertainment has worked on over 300 games for major publishers in Japan. Their catalogue of games include Boyfriend Glitter Note, MASS FOR THE DEAD, Panel Wakusei, and more.
price ($mm)
$2.38
rev ($mm)
$4
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EV / rev
0.6x
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closed 5/21/2020 via Company Press Release

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired DESTINYbit

synopsis: Amplifier Game Invest, a company that seeks out and invests internationally in the most talented game teams and game studios in the business, has acquired DESTINYbit, an innovative game studio, based in Ravenna, Italy.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Amplifier Game Invest
Amplifier Game Invest seeks out and invests internationally in the most talented game teams and game studios in the business. The goal is to, by contributing game development experience and expertise, build long term success for the companies, and better, more successful games. "
target: DESTINYbit
DESTINYbit is an innovative game studio, based in Ravenna, Italy. With their upcoming game launch of Dice Legacy, and their experience as game developers, the studio has proven themselves to be one of the most interesting small developers in Italy.
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closed 5/6/2020 via BNC Analysis

Modern Games Inc., acquired Beasts of Balance

synopsis: Modern Games, a new studio working to create games that combine physical and digital play, has acquired Beasts of Balance from Sensible Object. Beasts of Balance is a game that involves stacking physical animal pieces, while also scanning them into a companion app that keeps score and brings their fantastical skills to life.
buyer: Modern Games Inc.
Modern Games is a new studio working to create games that combine physical and digital play. Other Modern Games titles will be purely physical board and card games, released under its Modern Games brand. They are based in Los Angeles, California. "
target parent: Niantic, Inc.
target: Beasts of Balance
First released by Sensible Object in 2016, Beasts of Balance is a game that involves stacking physical animal pieces, while also scanning them into a companion app that keeps score and brings their fantastical skills to life.
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announced 4/29/2020 via Yahoo, Inc.

7Road, will acquire LOCOJOY Inc.

synopsis: 7Road, a top developer and an international distributor of web games and mobile games, is to acquire LOCOJOY Inc., a company that engages in developing games across iOS, Android, and Flash in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic, among others. Both companies are based in China.
buyer: 7Road (SEHK:797:$28.64)
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Shenzhen's NanShan Science and Technology Park, 7Road is a top developer and an international distributor of web games and mobile games. As a pioneer in expanding the global gaming market, 7Road is the top 1 grossing company in the browser game market. "
target: LOCOJOY Inc.
LOCOJOY Inc. engages in developing games across iOS, Android, and Flash in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic, among others. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Beijing, China.
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closed 4/22/2020 via BNC Analysis

My.Games, acquired BeInGame Limited

synopsis: My.Games, a Moscow-based video game company that creates and publishes games all over the world, has acquired BeInGame, the developers of Zero City, an online simulator game that features a refuge populated with survivors. BeInGame is based in Cyprus.
buyer parent: Mail.Ru LLC
buyer: My.Games
My.Games is a Moscow-based video game company that creates and publishes games all over the world. My.Games offers an extensive library of games and software that has reached over 500 million players worldwide. They create titles for PC, consoles, and mobile devices. "
target: BeInGame Limited
BeInGame are the developers of Zero City, an online simulator game that features a refuge populated with survivors. The goal is to create the mightiest squad, develop a base, and raise up new survivors to oppose other players and various infected mobs that inhabit nearby areas.
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closed 3/18/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Miniclip, acquired EightPixelsSquare

synopsis: Swiss mobile developer and publisher Miniclip has acquired Eight Pixels Square, an independent mobile free-to-play studio based in Derby, UK. With the acquisition of Eight Pixels Square, Miniclip has procured an experienced resource base that can expand its offering into the mobile shooter genre.
buyer parent: Tencent Holdings Ltd.
buyer: Miniclip
Based in Switzerland, Miniclip is a global leader in digital games. The company develops, publishes and distributes highly engaging games to an audience of 150 million monthly active users, across mobile, social and online platforms. "
target parent: Outplay Entertainment Ltd.
target: EightPixelsSquare
EightPixelsSquare is an independent mobile free-to-play studio based in Derby, UK. The company was founded to create engaging and high quality free-to-play mobile games. The studio comprises of 40 industry veterans, averaging 17 years in games and technology development.
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closed 3/4/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Phoenix Games, acquired Studio Firefly

synopsis: Phoenix Games, an international family of games companies, has acquired Studio Firefly, a live-ops specialist in Romania that aims to create amazing experiences through mobile games. Studio Firefly is focused primarily on extending the value of existing IPs by providing live-ops and development services.
buyer: Phoenix Games
Phoenix Games is an international group of free-to-play games companies. Phoenix is on a mission to to build a family of the world's most talented game developers and service providers. Phoenix believes that backing great companies with the freedom to create will yield exciting results for everyone."
target: Studio Firefly
Studio Firefly is a live-ops specialist in Romania that aims to create amazing experiences through mobile games. Studio Firefly is focused primarily on extending the value of existing IPs by providing live-ops and development services. The studio is also working on self-developed games.
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closed 2/26/2020 via Company Press Release

Atari, SA, acquired WONDER, Inc.

synopsis: Atari, an interactive entertainment production company, has acquired Wonder, an innovative gaming company with an all-in-one gaming platform to unite people in all the ways they play through an Android-based hybrid mobile gaming and entertainment platform.
buyer: Atari, SA (ENXTPA:ATA:$22.86)
Atari is an interactive entertainment production company. The company is globally recognized for its multi-platform, interactive entertainment and licensed products. Atari owns and/or manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises. "
target: WONDER, Inc.
Wonder is creating the next-generation, all-in-one gaming platform to unite people in all the ways they play. They're a new breed of gamers, geeks and fun-seekers bound by their credo: all of the fun, none of the compromises.
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closed 2/3/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., acquired Kolibri Games

synopsis: Ubisoft announced the acquisition of 75% of Berlin-based Kolibri Games, one of the premier developers of mobile free-to-play games and one of the leaders of  the “idle” games genre. Their mobile games "Idle Miner Tycoon"​ and “Idle Factory Tycoon” have reached millions of players around the world.
buyer: Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (ENXTPA:UBI:$1,959.78)
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin's Creed, Just Dance, Watch_Dogs, Tom Clancy's video game series, Rayman and Far Cry. "
target: Kolibri Games
Kolibri Games is a mobile games studio based in Berlin, Germany. Their mobile games "Idle Miner Tycoon"​ and “Idle Factory Tycoon” have reached millions of players around the world resulting in over 50 million downloads for “Idle Miner Tycoon”.
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closed 8/2/2011 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile, acquired Griptonite Games, Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global publisher of social mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that it has acquired Griptonite Games, a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Griptonite has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a global publisher of Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world - supporting iOS, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7 devices and beyond. "
target parent: Foundation 9 Entertainment
target: Griptonite Games, Inc.
Griptonite Games is a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Based in Kirkland, WA, Griptonite employs approximately 200 people and has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
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$28
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$21
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closed 1/8/2018 via BNC Analysis

Saber Interactive, purchased Moscow-based games development studio from Glu Mobile Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile has sold its Moscow-based games development studio to US games company Saber Interactive. The office housed around 120 employees and they are all expected to keep their jobs under the new owner following the deal.
buyer: Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Founded in 2001, Saber has grown into one of the largest and longest-standing developers of interactive games in Russia/Eastern Europe and one of the few remaining independent game studios producing AAA content. "
seller: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Originally acquired in 2008, Glu’s Moscow studio has focused on the development and live operations of shooter and action games including the Contract Killer, Frontline Commando, and Blood & Glory franchises. Glu Moscow also managed live operations for Deer Hunter 2017.
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closed 12/22/2016 via BNC Analysis

Glu Mobile Inc., acquired Plain Vanilla Games

synopsis: Leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games, Glu has purchased Plain Vanilla Games, the studio behind popular trivia game Quiz Up for $1.2m in cash.
buyer: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android™, Windows Phone and MAC OS. "
target: Plain Vanilla Games
Plain Vanilla is a rapidly growing mobile games company known for developing QuizUp, the world's first Real-Time Social Trivia Platform for mobile devices.
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closed 12/6/2016 via BNC Analysis

Glu Mobile Inc., acquired CrowdStar

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that it has acquired a controlling interest in Crowdstar, a leader in mobile and social gaming, developing entertainment for women worldwide, in an all-cash transaction valuing Crowdstar at approximately $45.5 million.
buyer: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android™, Windows Phone and MAC OS. "
target: CrowdStar
CrowdStar is the premier interactive entertainment company for women. The company's flagship fashion styling game Covet Fashion entertains millions of women daily. Founded in 2008, CrowdStar has deep roots in designing inventive games for women.
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closed 9/14/2016 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile Inc., acquired Poke Radar

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced the acquisition of community-driven App, Poke Radar, a Pokemon GO assistant application for discovering the location of any Pokemon found by other players.
buyer: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android™, Windows Phone and MAC OS. "
target: Poke Radar
Poke Radar for Pokemon GO is an assistant app for discovering the location of any Pokemon that have been found by other players. Their mission is make it easier for players of the popular Pokemon GO mobile game to "catch 'em all."
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closed 4/30/2014 via Yahoo, Inc.

Glu Mobile Inc., acquired PlayFirst

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that the company has agreed to acquire PlayFirst, creators of the DASH® series, which has been downloaded more than 750 million times across all platforms over the past 10 years.
buyer: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android™, Windows Phone and MAC OS. "
target: PlayFirst
PlayFirst develops great mobile games for family and friends, and tens of millions of fans worldwide have played our hit titles. PlayFirst's portfolio of games includes the DASH® series.
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closed 8/2/2012 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile Inc., acquired GameSpy Industries, Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that it has acquired GameSpy Technology from IGN Entertainment. GameSpy is one of the leading providers of technologies and services for multiplayer and server-based gaming across a wide array of platforms.
buyer: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu’s unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world – supporting iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Google Chrome and beyond. "
target parent: News Corporation
target: GameSpy Industries, Inc.
GameSpy Industries, Inc. provides connected gaming technology solutions and services for the video game industry. It offers GameSpy Connect, a family of SDK and services that provide networking, matchmaking, usage analysis, CD key, patching, and administrative functions for online multiplayer games.
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closed 4/4/2012 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile Inc., purchased Deer Hunter® trademark from Atari, Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced it has completed the acquisition of the iconic Deer Hunter® trademark and associated domain names from Atari. Glu now will control the rights to this valuable gaming franchise.
buyer: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu’s unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world – supporting iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Google Chrome and beyond. "
seller parent: Atari Group
seller: Atari, Inc.
Deer Hunter is a series of hunting simulation video games. Originally available for Windows platform published by WizardWorks Software, it was also published on Mac, and later on Game Boy Color, PlayStation 2, and mobile phones.
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closed 8/2/2011 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile, acquired Griptonite Games, Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global publisher of social mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that it has acquired Griptonite Games, a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Griptonite has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a global publisher of Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world - supporting iOS, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7 devices and beyond. "
target parent: Foundation 9 Entertainment
target: Griptonite Games, Inc.
Griptonite Games is a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Based in Kirkland, WA, Griptonite employs approximately 200 people and has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
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closed 8/2/2011 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile, acquired Blammo Games Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global publisher of social mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that it has acquired leading game developer Blammo Games. Based in Toronto, Canada, Blammo is run by Christopher Locke who was one of the creators as well as producer of several freemium top ten grossing iOS titles.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a global publisher of Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world - supporting iOS, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7 devices and beyond. "
target: Blammo Games Inc.
Blammo Games, a downtown-Toronto-based mobile gaming development studio, was created in 2011 with the goal of providing players with compelling, imaginative worlds that they can explore and engage in.
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closed 3/21/2008 via

Glu Mobile, acquired Superscape Group plc

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc. announced a tender offer to acquire Superscape Group plc a leading developer and publisher of mobile games. The acquisition of Superscape will considerably expand Glu’s US presence and add significant development and publishing capabilities to Glu’s existing world-class resources.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and Brain Genius, and titles based on major brands from partners. "
target: Superscape Group plc
Superscape is the world's leading publisher of 3D mobile games. Superscape is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has corporate offices in San Clemente, California (USA) and Fleet, Hampshire (UK), together with a development and production facility in Moscow.
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$17
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closed 12/20/2007 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile, acquired MIG Information Technology Co. Ltd.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc. has completed the acquisition of Beijing Zhangzhong MIG Information Technology Co. Ltd., a leading developer and publisher of mobile games for China. The addition of MIG expands the company's presence in China and deepens Glu's relationship with China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in China.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and Brain Genius, and titles based on major brands from partners. "
target: MIG Information Technology Co. Ltd.
MIG is a leading developer and publisher of mobile games for China. Founded in 2002, MIG is based in Beijing, China with a development studio in Hefei, China. MIG focuses on culturally relevant and popular local titles such as Journey to the West and Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
price ($mm)
$15
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closed 1/16/2007 via PR Newswire

Wmode Inc., purchased ProvisionX from Glu Mobile

synopsis: Wmode, the leading provider of mobile content managed services under the ClearMode brand, announced the acquisition of ProvisionX, the third party mobile games delivery business for mobile operators from Glu Mobile, a leading global publisher of mobile games.
buyer: Wmode Inc.
Wmode operates ClearMode, a mobile content distribution service that provides for the recruitment, management, discovery, delivery and payment of mobile content. Wmode offers a complete suite of technologies and services as a managed service. "
seller: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and Brain Genius, and titles based on major brands from partners.
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closed 4/4/2006 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile, acquired iFone

synopsis: Glu Mobile, a leading developer and global publisher of mobile entertainment, announced the acquisition of iFone, a leading global wireless entertainment publisher. The acquisition of iFone strengthens Glu's position as one of the premier worldwide publishers of mobile games and reinforces Glu's marketing and sales capabilities throughout Europe.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and Brain Genius, and titles based on major brands from partners. "
target: iFone
iFone was named the top-performing mobile games publisher in 2004 and 2005 according to a yearly analysis of the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) Mobile Charts conducted by the Informa Telecoms & Media publication, Mobile Games Analyst.
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announced 12/1/2004 via BusinessWire

Sorrent, Inc., will acquire Macrospace

synopsis: Sorrent, Inc., a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, today announced an agreement to acquire Macrospace, an award-winning mobile games publisher based in London.
buyer: Sorrent, Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and Brain Genius, and titles based on major brands from partners. "
target: Macrospace
Macrospace develops and publishes mobile games and provides mobile gaming solutions for network operators, service providers, handset manufacturers, media companies and brand owners around the world. Macrospace products and services are available through more than 90 carriers and 70 service provide
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closed 8/2/2011 via BusinessWire

Glu Mobile, acquired Griptonite Games, Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global publisher of social mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices, announced that it has acquired Griptonite Games, a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Griptonite has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
buyer: Glu Mobile (GLUU:$252.92)
Glu Mobile is a global publisher of Social Mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu's unique technology platform enables its titles to be accessible to a broad audience of consumers all over the world - supporting iOS, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7 devices and beyond. "
target parent: Foundation 9 Entertainment
target: Griptonite Games, Inc.
Griptonite Games is a leading developer of high-quality titles for handheld platforms. Based in Kirkland, WA, Griptonite employs approximately 200 people and has shipped dozens of titles on Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PSP, and iPhone platforms.
price ($mm)
$28
rev ($mm)
$21
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.7x
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/22/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Tilting Point, acquired FTX Games

synopsis: Tilting Point, a leading free-to-play game publisher, has acquired free-to-play mobile games and assets from gambling technology software leader Playtech plc. Tilting Point's acquisition includes FTX Games, known for publishing The Walking Dead: Free Casino Slots and Russia-based Plamee Studios, the developer behind Narcos: Cartel Wars.
buyer: Tilting Point
Tilting Point is a next-generation games partner that provides top development studios with capital, expert resources, services, and operational support to scale the success of high-quality free-to-play games. "
target parent: Playtech plc
target: FTX Games
FTX Games is an award-winning publisher of mobile and social games based on major box-office films and TV shows. Russia-based Plamee is a leading, cross-platform, casual and mid-core games developer for mobile players across all devices.
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closed 1/22/2020 via BNC Analysis

Stillfront Group AB, acquired Storm8, Inc.

synopsis: Stillfront Group, a market leader in the free-to-play online strategy games genre, has acquired Storm8. A leading mobile game network, Storm8 creates a world of play and discovery. Based in Redwood City, California, Storm8’s network includes over 45 games published across multiple genres—so there is something for everyone.
buyer: Stillfront Group AB (OM:SF:$215.53)
Headquartered in Sweden, Stillfront is a global group of gaming studios and a market leader in the free-to-play online strategy games genre. Their diverse and exciting game portfolio has two common themes; loyal users and long lifecycle games. "
target: Storm8, Inc.
Leading mobile game network, Storm8 creates a world of play and discovery. Based in Redwood City, California, Storm8’s network includes over 45 games published across multiple genres—so there is something for everyone.
price ($mm)
$304
rev ($mm)
$119
EBITDA ($mm)
$62
EV / rev
3.4x
EV / EBITDA
6.6x
closed 10/30/2019 via gamesindustry.biz

Bethesda Softworks, acquired Alpha Dog Games Inc.

synopsis: Bethesda Softworks, a leading video game publisher, has acquired Alpha Dog Games, a Canadian mobile game developer. Alpha Dog creates innovative and original mobile, tablet, and social games for gamers. Their games include MonstroCity: Rampage!, Wraithborne, and more.
buyer parent: ZeniMax Media, Inc.
buyer: Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda is a leading video game publisher. Bethesda has a long history of success as a publisher of award-winning video games. The Company's growing library of intellectual properties includes such major franchises as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonored, DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein, and more. "
target: Alpha Dog Games Inc.
Alpha Dog Games is a Canadian mobile game developer. Alpha Dog creates innovative and original mobile, tablet, and social games for gamers. Harnessing the power of Unity and Unreal Engine 4, their goal is to build an iconic brand through evolutionary design and pushing the limit of mobile games.
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closed 9/25/2019 via BNC Analysis

Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd., acquired SportsUnity Pvt. Ltd.

synopsis: Nazara Technologies Ltd, a mobile game developer in India, has acquired a majority stake in SportsUnity Pvt. Ltd, an Indian video game developer. SportsUnity is the developer of Qunami, India's #1 mobile quiz game. Qunami is cricket quiz platform that allows users to compete in tournaments or one-on-one battles for fun or money.
buyer: Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Nazara is a leading mobile games publisher focused on the large mobile consumer base in India and other emerging markets. In addition to publishing a range of branded and original mobile games, Nazara also runs gaming subscription service across 60 countries. "
target: SportsUnity Pvt. Ltd.
SportsUnity is an Indian video game developer. SportsUnity is the developer of Qunami, India's #1 mobile quiz game. Qunami is cricket quiz platform that allows users to challenge their friends and compete in tournaments or one-on-one battles for fun or money.
price ($mm)
$1.05
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announced 12/19/2018 via Company Press Release

Gameloft, will acquire FreshPlanet

synopsis: Gameloft, leader in the development and publishing of mobile games, announced an agreement to acquire FreshPlanet, makers of the multi-awarded SongPop games on mobile. In line with Gameloft’s philosophy to provide the best gaming experiences to players of all ages & countries, this acquisition is a new milestone in the company’s expansion strategy.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Gameloft (ENXTPA:GFT:$268.27)
Leader in the development and publishing of mobile games, Gameloft® has established itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for all digital platforms. Gameloft distributes its games in over 100 countries and employs 4,600 people worldwide. "
target: FreshPlanet
FreshPlanet is the maker of the multi-awarded SongPop games on mobile. SongPop and SongPop 2 are the world’s biggest music trivia games which received several awards. These highly social games feature clips from the most popular songs to guess and are extremely fun to play with.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$342
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
announced 9/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Hugo Games A/S, will acquire 5th Planet Games Inc.

synopsis: Hugo Games is pleased to announce that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire California-based "5th Planet Games". 5th Planet Games is a leading community-focused mobile and browser-based game company. It was founded in 2009 by owner Robert Winkler.
buyer: Hugo Games A/S (OB:HUGO:$0.71)
Hugo Games is an award winning mobile games publisher and developer located in Copenhagen and Nottingham. Established in 2011, Hugo Games has reached millions of players worldwide with titles such as Hugo Troll Race 2, Kick ‘n’ Run and Super Stars Cristiano Ronaldo. "
target: 5th Planet Games Inc.
5th Planet Games is an exciting, young company dedicated to making story driven, content rich games for social and mobile platforms. All applications are developed in-house using proprietary technology while partnering with some of the best companies in the industry.
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closed 9/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

PlayStack Ltd, acquired Hisome

synopsis: PlayStack, a London-based games publisher, has acquired Hisome, a Helsink-based game development studio. Hisome develops social games for iOS and Android devices. The company aims to revolutionize gaming by combining games with messaging and social media.
buyer: PlayStack Ltd
PlayStack is a London-based games publisher. Their mission is to find, fund, and promote the best new games in the industry. PlayStack offers end-to-end funding, publishing expertise, and technologies to help developers build a strong gamer audience and community. "
target: Hisome
Hisome is a Helsink-based game development studio. Hisome develops social games for iOS and Android devices. The company aims to revolutionize gaming by combining games with messaging and social media.
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announced 8/31/2018 via BNC Analysis

Evolable Asia Corp., will acquire Kayac Hanoi Co., Ltd

synopsis: Evolable Asia, a Tokyo-based company that operates three popular online travel portals, will acquire Kayac Hanoi from Kayac, a game development studio in Japan. Kayac Hanoi is a mobile video game development company in Vietnam that focuses on planning, developing and operating casual social games.
buyer: Evolable Asia Corp. (TSE:6191:$47.36)
Evolable Asia is a Tokyo-based company that operates three popular online travel portals. Through their portals the company provides travel and hotel booking services at competitive prices. Over 600 travel sites use their technology to power their own flight, hotel, and tour package searches. "
target parent: KAYAC Inc.
target: Kayac Hanoi Co., Ltd
Kayac Hanoi is a mobile video game development company in Vietnam that focuses on planning, developing and operating casual social games. Their portfolio of games include Stickman Striker, Ninja Legend, and Fantasy Rush.
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announced 6/20/2018 via Company Press Release

funplex, Inc., will acquire ORATTA, Inc.

synopsis: funplex, Inc., a Japanese video game developer that designs and develops social mobile games in various genres, will acquire ORATTA, Inc., a video game developer in Japan. ORATTA develops social mobile games to connect people all over the world. Their portfolio of games include Sengoku Asuka Zero, Dragon Solitaire, Gamera Battle, and more.
buyer parent: Gree, Inc.
buyer: funplex, Inc.
Founded in 2015, funplex, Inc. is a Japanese video game developer. funplex designs and develops social mobile games in various genres. The company's portfolio of games includes over 20 titles in the hack and slash, role playing game, and fantasy genres. "
target: ORATTA, Inc.
Founded in 2010, ORATTA, Inc. is a video game developer in Japan. ORATTA develops social mobile games to connect people all over the world. Their portfolio of games include Sengoku Asuka Zero, Chloris Garden, Dragon Solitaire, Chaos Blade, Soul Saviour, Gamera Battle, and more.
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closed 4/26/2018 via BNC Analysis

Mail.Ru LLC, acquired Bit.Games

synopsis: Russian internet company Mail.ru Group has acquired a 51 percent stake in Bit.Games, a Russian game developer that creates social and mobile games. Bit.Games has launched 11 games across different platforms, and their games attract over 400,000 players per day.
buyer: Mail.Ru LLC (LSE:MAIL:$1,350.66)
Mail.Ru Group develops Internet communications and entertainment services in Russia and globally. The company operates Russian language social networks Vkontakte (VK), Odnoklassniki (OK) and Moi Mir (My World), instant messenger services in Russia — Agent Mail.Ru and ICQ and more. "
target: Bit.Games
Founded in 2002, Bit.Games is a Russian game developer that creates social and mobile games for the most popular platforms. Bit.Games has launched 11 games across different platforms, and their games attract over 400,000 players per day.
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closed 3/14/2018 via BusinessWire

Jam City, acquired Brainz Games

synopsis: Jam City, a global leader in mobile entertainment, providing social gaming experiences for millions of players around the world, announced that it has acquired the assets of Brainz, a Bogota, Colombia-based mobile game developer, including the upcoming action strategy game World War Doh.
buyer: Jam City
Jam City is a global leader in mobile entertainment, providing social gaming experiences for millions of players around the world. They are the go-to studio for Hollywood, having developed immersive, narrative mobile games around iconic entertainment brands including Harry Potter and Family Guy. "
target: Brainz Games
With offices in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia, Brainz Games is the developer of World War Doh, a fast-paced strategy game in which players lead the Commander and his (not entirely willing) band of allies in real-time combat while deploying troop and spell combinations into the battlefield.
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closed 1/24/2018 via BNC Analysis

Pocket Aces Pvt. Ltd., acquired Loco Quiz App

synopsis: Sequoia Capital-backed digital media company Pocket Aces acquired trivia game show app Loco. Loco, an Indian Android app, allows users to log in to play a live quiz game.
buyer: Pocket Aces Pvt. Ltd.
Pocket Aces is a digital entertainment company that is leveraging technology to create and distribute engaging content for the Indian millennial. Pocket Aces' FilterCopy is a mixed-media offering for all things shareable, such as articles, relatable videos, funny memes and more. "
target: Loco Quiz App
Loco, which was earlier known as Showtime, is an Indian app that offers an interactive trivia game show that lets users answer 10 multiple choice questions and win money in real time.
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closed 1/8/2018 via BNC Analysis

Saber Interactive, purchased Moscow-based games development studio from Glu Mobile Inc.

synopsis: Glu Mobile has sold its Moscow-based games development studio to US games company Saber Interactive. The office housed around 120 employees and they are all expected to keep their jobs under the new owner following the deal.
buyer: Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Founded in 2001, Saber has grown into one of the largest and longest-standing developers of interactive games in Russia/Eastern Europe and one of the few remaining independent game studios producing AAA content. "
seller: Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU:$252.92)
Originally acquired in 2008, Glu’s Moscow studio has focused on the development and live operations of shooter and action games including the Contract Killer, Frontline Commando, and Blood & Glory franchises. Glu Moscow also managed live operations for Deer Hunter 2017.
price ($mm)
$2.80
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closed 10/19/2017 via Market Wire

Munzee Inc. merged with Freeze Tag, Inc.,

synopsis: Munzee Inc., the ultimate experience in location-based gaming, has merged with Freeze Tag, Inc., a leading creator of mobile social games that are fun and engaging for all ages. Munzee is a social platform that blends gamification, geolocation and marketing elements into an experience that rewards players for going places in the physical world.
buyer: Freeze Tag, Inc. (OTCPK:FRZT:$0.12)
Freeze Tag, Inc. is a leading creator of mobile social games that are fun and engaging for all ages. Players can download and enjoy their games for free, or they can purchase virtual items and additional features within the game to increase the fun factor. "
target: Munzee Inc.
Munzee is a social platform that blends gamification, geolocation and marketing elements into an experience that rewards players for going places in the physical world. Utilizing QR code and GPS technology, Munzee is able to validate a person's location and provide them points to level up.
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announced 7/24/2017 via Reuters

Aeria Inc., will acquire Eitarosoft, inc.

synopsis: Aeria Inc., a provider of online game services, will acquire Eitarosoft, inc., a developer of mobile and social video games for iPhones and Androids. Eitarosoft's games cover a variety of genres such as MMORPGs, dating sims, and puzzle games. Their portfolio of games include Brave Online, I will take care of you!, Luminous Hearts and many more.
buyer: Aeria Inc. (JASDAQ:3758:$186.90)
Aeria, Inc. engages in the business of online gaming services. It operates through the following segments: Online Content and Information Technology (IT) Services. The Online Content segment handles the development, distribution and operation of online games for smart phone and tablets. "
target: Eitarosoft, inc.
Eitarosoft, inc. develops mobile and social video games for iPhones and Androids. Eitarosoft's games cover a variety of genres such as MMORPGs, dating sims, and puzzle games. Their portfolio of games include Brave Online, I will take care of you!, Battle Brave, Luminous Hearts and many more.
price ($mm)
$1.01
rev ($mm)
$3
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/23/2017 via BusinessWire

Hachette Livre SA, acquired IsCool Entertainment

synopsis: Hachette Livre, the world’s third-largest book publisher for the general public and educational markets, has acquired IsCool Entertainment, a passionate, creative and innovative leader in social games for mobile and Facebook. They produce high quality, free-to-play, highly social games for friends to play together and share a fun experience.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Livre SA
Hachette Livre, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère SCA, is the world’s third-largest book publisher for the general public and educational markets. It publishes around 16,000 new titles a year under more than one hundred different imprints in a dozen languages. "
target: IsCool Entertainment (ENXTPA:ALISC:$6.37)
IsCool Entertainment is a passionate, creative and innovative leader in social games for mobile and Facebook. They produce high quality, free-to-play, highly social games for friends to play together and share a fun experience.
price ($mm)[EV]
$7.24 [$6.65]*
rev ($mm)
$6
EBITDA ($mm)
$0
EV / rev
1.4x
EV / EBITDA
276.9x
closed 4/11/2017 via PR Newswire

Scientific Games Corporation, acquired Spicerack Media, Inc.

synopsis: Scientific Games Corporation ("Scientific Games") announced it completed the acquisition of privately held mobile and social game company Spicerack Media, Inc. ("Spicerack"). The addition of Spicerack, creator of the Bingo Showdown social bingo game app, complements Scientific Games' impressive stable of social casino games and mobile offerings.
buyer: Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS:$3,248.40)
Scientific Games Corporation is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming, lottery and interactive markets. The Company's portfolio includes gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities; and more. "
target: Spicerack Media, Inc.
Spicerack Media, Inc. is a privately held mobile and social game company. Their leading product, Bingo Showdown, which constitutes the large majority of Spicerack's revenue, was a top five social bingo title in 2016, and has seen increased growth and market share gains each quarter since its launch
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closed 2/28/2017 via BNC Analysis

Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., acquired Growtopia

synopsis: Ubisoft announced it has acquired Growtopia, the beloved massively multiplayer and social game that gives players the framework and tools to create interactive game worlds. Growtopia is available on mobile, tablet and PC.
buyer: Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (ENXTPA:UBI:$1,959.78)
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. "
target parent: Robinson Technologies Corporation
target: Growtopia
Launched in 2013, Growtopia is a free-to-play game supported by a highly-engaged community of more than 20 million registered users. In Growtopia, players can create an infinite number of worlds, and make each one their own.
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closed 2/8/2017 via BusinessWire

TT Games Group, acquired Playdemic

synopsis: TT Games has acquired the UK-based Playdemic, one of Europe’s highest-regarded mobile games companies. Playdemic will stand alongside TT Games studios, Traveller’s Tales and TT Fusion, creating new LEGO games designed and built for the latest generation of players on mobile. Playdemic focuses on creating innovative, meaningful mobile games.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: TT Games Group
TT Games is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit games LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes and The LEGO® Movie Videogame. TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality. "
target parent: RockYou
target: Playdemic
Founded in 2010, Playdemic is one of Europe's leading mobile games companies. Based just outside Manchester in the UK, they focus on creating innovative, meaningful mobile games that engage and delight players. Their mission is to surprise players with games that exceed their expectations.
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$112.87
EBITDA ($mm)
$19.67
EBIT ($mm)
$5.77
Net Income ($mm)
$0.11
Employees
0
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Ticker: TSE:3793
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Drecom Co., Ltd.
Drecom Co., Ltd.
Drecom Co., Ltd. engages in the entertainment web and marketing solution businesses. The company’s Entertainment Web segment plans, develops, and provides entertainment contents to individual Internet users.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$99.08
EBITDA ($mm)
($1.07)
EBIT ($mm)
($5.33)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
407
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Ticker: SZSE:30005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shenzhen ZQGame Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen ZQGame Co., Ltd.
ZQGame, Inc. is an online gaming company driven to create compelling entertainment experiences across online, mobile, and tablet platforms for the hardcore gamer.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$51.93
EBITDA ($mm)
$10.47
EBIT ($mm)
$8.19
Net Income ($mm)
$8.17
Employees
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Ticker: SZSE:30031
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ourpalm Co.,Ltd
Ourpalm Co.,Ltd
Ourpalm was founded in Beijing in 2004 as a government licensed telecommunications and service provider. Early beginnings in web and mobile content have since evolved and secured Ourpalm a place as one of China's leading web and mobile game developer, publisher and operator of today.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$42.29
EBITDA ($mm)
$13.99
EBIT ($mm)
$12.76
Net Income ($mm)
$15.64
Employees
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A194510
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PATI Games
PATI Games
Based in South Korea, Pati Games creates mobile games, software development, and game publishing. Their products include mobile and social games. Some games that they have developed are: I Love Nikki, I Love Coffee, and Dragon Heroes.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$23.71
EBITDA ($mm)
($6.01)
EBIT ($mm)
($7.54)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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Ticker: GTSM:3662
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
XPEC Entertainment Inc.
XPEC Entertainment Inc.
XPEC Entertainment is one of the leading game developers in Greater China and has developed well-known titles for console and PC Online and mobile platforms. Founded in Taipei, Taiwan in August 2000, XPEC now has offices in Taiwan, Kaohsiung, Suzhou and Beijing, with more than 850 employees.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$22.78
EBITDA ($mm)
($4.02)
EBIT ($mm)
($4.61)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
850
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Ticker: A217270
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Neptune Ltd.
Neptune Company Ltd. develops computer and mobile games. The company offers games such as Nexon Pro-Baseball Master 2014, Pro-Baseball for Kakao, Legendary Touch Hunter and LINE Touch Touch. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$17.67
EBITDA ($mm)
($8.35)
EBIT ($mm)
($10.38)
Net Income ($mm)
$27.58
Employees
0
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Ticker: GLUU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Glu Mobile Inc.
Glu Mobile Inc.
Glu Mobile is a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play games for smartphone and tablet devices. Glu is focused on creating compelling original IP games on a wide range of platforms including iOS, Android™, Windows Phone and MAC OS.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$252.92
EBITDA ($mm)
($52.78)
EBIT ($mm)
($66.63)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
754
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Ticker: SZSE:30005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shenzhen ZQGame Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen ZQGame Co., Ltd.
ZQGame, Inc. is an online gaming company driven to create compelling entertainment experiences across online, mobile, and tablet platforms for the hardcore gamer.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$51.93
EBITDA ($mm)
$10.47
EBIT ($mm)
$8.19
Net Income ($mm)
$8.17
Employees
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Ticker: OTCPK:FRZT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Freeze Tag, Inc.
Freeze Tag, Inc.
Freeze Tag, Inc. is a leading creator of mobile social games that are fun and engaging for all ages. Players can download and enjoy their games for free, or they can purchase virtual items and additional features within the game to increase the fun factor.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$0.12
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.64)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
10
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Ticker: TSE:2432
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DeNA Global, Inc.
DeNA Global, Inc.
DeNA is the global leader in mobile internet entertainment. DeNA develops and operates a broad range of mobile and online services including games, e-commerce and entertainment content distribution.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$1,148.98
EBITDA ($mm)
$205.30
EBIT ($mm)
$103.13
Net Income ($mm)
$73.77
Employees
2475
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Ticker: ZNGA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zynga, Inc.
Zynga, Inc.
Zynga is an American video game developer running social video game services since 2007. The company develops social games that work stand-alone on mobile phone platforms such as Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone and on the Internet through its website, Zynga.com, and social networking websites.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$1,605.21
EBITDA ($mm)
($15.21)
EBIT ($mm)
($91.80)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
1883
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Ticker: TSXV:LAB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tangelo Games
Tangelo Games
Tangelo's team of gaming experts committed to deliver cutting-edge, future ready, scalable gaming assets to the marketplace. This translates into a collection of fun, casual, casino themed games that are free to play and generate revenue primarily through the in-game/in-app sale of virtual coins.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$11.56
EBITDA ($mm)
($2.63)
EBIT ($mm)
($2.62)
Net Income ($mm)
$0.40
Employees
35
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Ticker: EGAM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
eGames, Inc.
eGames, Inc.
eGames is taking a G-rated approach to PC entertainment. Formerly RomTech, eGames markets ''Family Friendly'' video games that are easy to use and nonviolent. Its titles, like Spooky Castle and Mahjongg Master, typically sell for under $20 and are marketed under brand names including Galaxy of Game
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$3.08
EBITDA ($mm)
($1.14)
EBIT ($mm)
($1.15)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
16
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A299910
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vespa Inc
Vespa Inc
Vespa, Inc is a leading game developer based in Seoul, South Korea. They are the creators behind "King’s Raid", a mobile game that’s available on all app stores.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$109.59
EBITDA ($mm)
$25.02
EBIT ($mm)
$24.85
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
0
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A060240
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Longtu Korea Inc.
Longtu Korea Inc.
Longtu Korea Inc. is an Android game developer that has been active since 2015. The current app portfolio contains 4 games. Longtu Korea is known for its popular mobile MMORPG Sword and Magic.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$53.10
EBITDA ($mm)
$4.05
EBIT ($mm)
$0.42
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
77
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Ticker: ASX:AB1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands is a mobile game publisher and developer. Animoca Brands develops and publishes great mobile games based on globally loved popular brands like Garfield, Ben10, Doraemon, Ultraman and Astro Boy. The company's games have been downloaded over 280 million times.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$8.69
EBITDA ($mm)
($3.50)
EBIT ($mm)
($3.73)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
70
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Ticker: TSE:3659
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEXON Co., Ltd.
NEXON Co., Ltd.
Based in Japan, NEXON Co. is a global leader in online games, with more than 100 live games operated across more than 190 countries. Nexon pioneered micro-transactions and the free-to-play business model, and is widely credited with unmatched global expertise in sophisticated live game operations.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$2,372.01
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,035.14
EBIT ($mm)
$970.78
Net Income ($mm)
$1,059.35
Employees
6441
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A263750
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pearl Abyss
Pearl Abyss
Pearl Abyss is the Korean studio behind the hit PC MMORPG Black Desert Online, which was named MMORPG of the Year in 2016. Since the company's founding in 2010, it has successfully launched its game in South Korea, Japan, Russia, North/South America, Europe, Taiwan, and 100 other countries.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$104.01
EBITDA ($mm)
$58.85
EBIT ($mm)
$57.44
Net Income ($mm)
$43.97
Employees
0
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Ticker: WSE:MGS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Macro Games S.A.
Macro Games S.A.
Macro Games S.A. is a Polish company that operates CSCenter.pl and MyCraft.pl, gaming websites that provide the latest news, videos and live streams for the games Counter-Strike and Minecraft. The company produces games as well, mainly in the MMORPG genre using a free-to-play business model.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$1.24
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.25
EBIT ($mm)
$0.14
Net Income ($mm)
$0.06
Employees
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Ticker: NGM:BUBL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bublar Group AB
Bublar Group AB
Bublar Group AB is the Nordic region's largest gaming studio and enterprise solutions company within Augmented Reality (AR) Virtual Reality (VR) technology. The game development is run by the subsidiary Virtual Brains AB and enterprise solutions by the subsidiary Vobling AB.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1.84
EBITDA ($mm)
($3.45)
EBIT ($mm)
($4.65)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
0
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Ticker: TSE:3632
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gree, Inc.
Gree, Inc.
GREE develops games at its studios in Japan, North America, and South Korea, producing high-ranking titles in the app markets of each region. The company was founded in 2004.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$703.90
EBITDA ($mm)
$97.60
EBIT ($mm)
$85.11
Net Income ($mm)
$42.53
Employees
1416
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