By Embracer Group

closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Appeal Studios

synopsis: Embracer Group has announced that they have acquired Appeal Studios. Appeal Studios is a premier game development studio, located in Belgium, that’s brought together a team of veteran game developers.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Appeal Studios
Appeal Studios is a premier game development studio, located in Belgium, that’s brought together a team of veteran game developers. They bring games to life across a wide array of gaming platforms. One of their most famous games is the 1999 cult classic, Outcast.
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closed 5/12/2021 via Company Press Release

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired FRAME BREAK AB

synopsis: Amplifier Game Invest, a company that invests in talented game studios, has acquired FRAME BREAK AB, an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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: FRAME BREAK AB
FRAME BREAK is an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired KAIKO GmbH

synopsis: THQ Nordic, an Austrian video game publisher, has acquired KAIKO, a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: KAIKO GmbH
KAIKO is a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

HandyGames, acquired Massive Miniteam

synopsis: HandyGames, a game developer and publisher in Germany, has acquired Massive Miniteam, an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: HandyGames
HandyGames is a game developer and publisher in Germany. HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of platforms. The company is focused on developing games for iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, tablet computers, Android TV, and Wearables. "
target: Massive Miniteam
Massive Miniteam is an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
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announced 2/3/2021 via Company Press Release

Easybrain Ltd will be merged with Embracer Group,

synopsis: Embracer adds Easybrain, a leading mobile game developer with proven ability to launch, scale up and operate multiple global category leaders within the logic and puzzle game genre. Easybrain sees a great opportunity in being supported by Embracer to continue developing strong mobile game titles.
buyer: Embracer Group (OM:EMBRAC B:$1,094.55)
Based in Sweden, Embracer Group is the parent company of businesses developing and publishing PC, console and mobile games for the global games market. Embracer Group has an extensive catalogue of over 200 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Goat Simulator, Dead Island, Metro, amongst many others."
target: Easybrain Ltd
Based in Belarus, Easybrain has developed numerous popular puzzle and logic game titles and is currently operating 15 live mobile game titles with a long lifetime, of which multiple games have become category leaders within its dedicated niche.
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closed 2/3/2021 via BNC Analysis

Aspyr Media merged with Saber Interactive,

synopsis: Embracer Group, via its wholly owned subsidiary Saber Interactive, has acquired US-based developer Aspyr Media by merger. Aspyr Media is an American video game developer and publisher that has been behind games such as Civilization VI, Borderlands 2, Layers of Fear, Observer, Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy™, Torn, Jade Empire, and InnerSpace.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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. "
target: Aspyr Media
Aspyr Media, Inc. is an American video game developer and publisher that has been behind games such as Civilization VI, Borderlands 2, Layers of Fear, Observer, Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy™, Torn, Jade Empire, and InnerSpace.
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$101
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$41
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announced 11/19/2020 via BNC Analysis

DECA Games, will acquire Iugo Games

synopsis: Embracer Group AB, through its wholly-owned German subsidiary DECA Games, will IUGO Mobile Entertainment Inc., a Canadian mobile Free-to-Play (FTP) game developer. With the acquisition, DECA onboards a sizable team of 86 developers and expands its operations in the FTP mobile games segment, establishing an operating unit together with IUGO.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: DECA Games
DECA Games is a publisher and developer of video games that is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. The company's primary focus is on acquiring and operating older free-to-play games. They are the current owners and developers of the massively multiplayer online shooter Realm of the Mad God. "
target: Iugo Games
IUGO is a Canadian mobile Free-to-Play (FTP) game developer with longstanding experience in the gaming industry. IUGO is the co-creator and developer of the mobile title The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, as well as Middle-Earth: Shadows of War and Knights & Dragons.
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announced 11/18/2020 via Company Press Release

Saber Interactive, will acquire Sandbox Strategies

synopsis: Saber Interactive, an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment, will acquire Sandbox Strategies, LLC, a PR and influencer relations agency that specializes in gaming. Sandbox Strategies provides video game publishers and developers with comprehensive PR services and helps them to find the right influencers to play their games.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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. "
target: Sandbox Strategies
Sandbox Strategies is a PR and influencer relations agency that specializes in gaming and entertainment. Sandbox Strategies provides video game publishers and developers with comprehensive PR services and helps them to find the right influencers to play their games and engage their audience.
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announced 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

Koch Media, will acquire Flying Wild Hog Sp. z o.o.

synopsis: Koch Media GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of the Embracer Group AB has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Poland based Flying Wild Hog the renowned and growing independent Polish developer of PC and console games such as the critically acclaimed Shadow Warrior franchise.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target parent: Supernova Capital LLP
target: Flying Wild Hog Sp. z o.o.
Flying Wild Hog is an independent Polish video game studio that specializes in action-packed, fast-paced titles. Flying Wild Hog is best-known for their reboot of Shadow Warrior, a first person shooter video game series. Their other games include Hard Reset, Hard Reset: Exile, and JUJU.
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announced 11/18/2020 via Company Press Release

Amplifier Game Invest, will acquire Silent Games Ltd

synopsis: Embracer, through its wholly owned subsidiary Amplifier Game Invest, is to acquire 100 percent of Silent Games, a UK based studio with experienced developers and award-winning mentors within the British game development scene. They create the best cooperative multiplayer role-playing games that give players a sense of autonomy, mastery and purpose.
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: Silent Games Ltd
Silent Games is a UK based studio with experienced developers and award-winning mentors within the British game development scene. They create the best cooperative multiplayer role-playing games that give players a sense of autonomy, mastery and purpose.
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announced 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

DECA Games, will acquire A Thinking Ape

synopsis: DECA Games, a German video game publisher and developer, will acquire A Thinking Ape Entertainment Ltd., a Canadian mobile Free-to-Play (FTP) game development studio. A Thinking Ape develops mobile games with a social core. Their titles include Party in My Dorm, Kingdoms at War, Casino X and Kingdom of Heckfire.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: DECA Games
DECA Games is a publisher and developer of video games that is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. The company's primary focus is on acquiring and operating older free-to-play games. They are the current owners and developers of the massively multiplayer online shooter Realm of the Mad God. "
target: A Thinking Ape
A Thinking Ape is a Canadian mobile Free-to-Play (FTP) game development studio. A Thinking Ape develops mobile games with a social core. They aim to make great games that make millions of players happy. Their titles include Party in My Dorm, Kingdoms at War, Casino X and Kingdom of Heckfire.
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announced 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

Saber Interactive, will acquire Nimble Giant Entertainment

synopsis: Embracer Group AB, through its wholly owned subsidiary Saber Interactive, has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Argentina-based Nimble Giant Entertainment ("NGE"). NGE is the leading Latin American PC and console game developer with a reputable team of 75 people.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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. "
target: Nimble Giant Entertainment
Argentina-based Nimble Giant Entertainment ("NGE") is the leading Latin American PC and console game developer with a reputable team of 75 people. NGE has produced more than 30 titles and owns IP games, with two of the most important titles being Champions of Regnum and Quantum League.
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announced 11/18/2020 via PR Newswire

Saber Interactive, will acquire Zen Studios

synopsis: Saber Interactive, an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment, will acquire Zen Studios, an independent video game developer and publisher in Hungary. Zen Studios is best known for their Pinball FX and Zen Pinball franchises and has collaborated with entertainment studios to develop virtual pinball tables based on pop culture.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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. "
target: Zen Studios
Zen Studios is an independent video game developer and publisher in Hungary. Zen Studios is best known for their Pinball FX and Zen Pinball franchises. The studio has collaborated with entertainment studios to develop virtual pinball tables based on pop culture films, characters and themes.
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closed 11/18/2020 via Company Press Release

Saber Interactive, acquired 34BigThings srl

synopsis: Embracer Group AB, through its wholly owned subsidiary Saber Interactive, has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in 34BigThings (“34BT”). 34BT is a game developer of premium games across PC, console and mobile devices. 34BT is renowned as the studio behind Redout, a futuristic racing game.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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. "
target: 34BigThings srl
34BigThings, founded in 2013, is a developer of premium games for PC, console and mobile devices that has released 10 high-quality games including Super Inefficient Golf, Hyperdrive Massacre and multiple Redout titles, among others, 2019's Apple Arcade sensation Redout: Space Assault.
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closed 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Purple Lamp Studios GmbH

synopsis: Austrian video game publisher THQ Nordic has announced that they have fully-acquired Viennese game developer Purple Lamp Studios and its veteran team of developers. Purple Lamp’s portfolio includes several licensed titles such as Sea of Thieves, The Guild 3, and SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Purple Lamp Studios GmbH
Purple Lamp Studios is a Viennese game developer whose portfolio includes several licensed titles such as Sea of Thieves, The Guild 3, and SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
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announced 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

Saber Interactive, will acquire Snapshot Games Inc.

synopsis: Embracer Group will acquire 100 percent of the shares in Snapshot Games.  Snapshot Games will form a part of Embracer’s wholly owned subsidiary Saber Interactive. Snapshot Games, based in USA and Bulgaria, is the independent video game developer behind premium strategy title Phoenix Point.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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. "
target: Snapshot Games Inc.
Snapshot Games, based in USA and Bulgaria, is the independent video game developer behind premium strategy title Phoenix Point. The company is founded and led by industry visionary Julian Gollop, recognized as the creator of the X-COM franchise.
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announced 9/17/2020 via Company Press Release

Koch Media, will acquire Vertigo Games

synopsis: Koch Media is to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Dutch-based Vertigo Games, a multiplatform VR entertainment company group with offices in Rotterdam and Los Angeles. Vertigo Games focuses on development (Vertigo Studios) and publishing, both for home entertainment (Vertigo Publishing) as well as location-based-entertainment (Vertigo Arcades).
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: Vertigo Games
Vertigo Games is a multiplatform VR entertainment company group with offices in Rotterdam and Los Angeles. Vertigo Games focuses on development (Vertigo Studios) and publishing, both for home entertainment (Vertigo Publishing) as well as location-based-entertainment (Vertigo Arcades).
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired Rare Earth Games GmbH

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Rare Earth Games through its Amplifier Game Invest label. Rare Earth Games is a development studio focused on action-packed multiplayer game titles for PC, Consoles and Cloud services. They are based in Austria.
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: Rare Earth Games GmbH
Rare Earth Games is a development studio focused on action-packed multiplayer game titles for PC, Consoles and Cloud services. They are based in Austria.
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired Vermila Studios

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Vermila Studios through its Amplifier Game Invest label. Vermila Studios is a game development studio currently working on their first production, Crisol: Theater of Idols, a first-person horror adventure.
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: Vermila Studios
Vermila Studios is a game development studio currently working on their first production, Crisol: Theater of Idols. The game is a first-person horror adventure set in the town of Tormentosa, a Hispanian village with an ancient past, with captivating visuals based on warm Spanish red and gold colors.
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired Palindrome Interactive

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Palindrome Interactive through its Amplifier Game Invest label. Palindrome Interactive is a game development company based in Skövde, Sweden. Their first game, Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, is an engaging strategy game set in a dark vampire world in turmoil.
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: Palindrome Interactive
Palindrome Interactive is a game development company based in Skövde, Sweden. Their first game, Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, is an engaging strategy game set in a dark vampire world in turmoil.
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closed 6/4/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Facebook, acquired Unit 2 Games

synopsis: Facebook has acquired Unit 2 Games, an award-winning 40 person independent games studio based in Leamington Spa, UK. They are the developer behind free-to-play game creation and sharing tool Crayta. They plan to integrate Crayta’s creation toolset into Facebook Gaming’s cloud platform.
buyer: Facebook (FB:$94,399.00)
Facebook is a social utility that helps people better understand the world around them. Facebook develops technologies that facilitate the spread of information through social networks allowing people to share information online the same way they do in the real world. "
target: Unit 2 Games
Unit 2 Games is an award-winning 40 person independent games studio based in Leamington Spa, UK. They are the developer behind free-to-play game creation and sharing tool Crayta.
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closed 6/2/2021 via BusinessWire

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., acquired Nordeus Limited

synopsis: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. has acquired privately-held Nordeus, a mobile games company based in Belgrade, Serbia, best known for Top Eleven, the world’s most successful mobile soccer management game with over 240 million registered users.
buyer: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO:$3,372.77)
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. "
target: Nordeus Limited
Founded in 2010, Nordeus is a mobile games company based in Belgrade, Serbia, best known for Top Eleven, the world’s most successful mobile soccer management game with over 240 million registered users.
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announced 5/27/2021 via BNC Analysis

Zordix AB, will acquire Merge Games Ltd.

synopsis: UK-based video games publisher and developer Merge Games has been acquired by Swedish company Zordix. Merge Games was founded in 2010, and has gone on to publish and distribute the likes of Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Cloudpunk and Streets of Rage 4.
buyer: Zordix AB (NGM:ZORDIX B:$4.09)
Zordix is a multinational game developer & publisher with its headquarter in Umeå in northern Sweden. Zordix is divided into four main units: Zordix Racing, Dimfrost Studio, Invictus Games and Zordix Publishing. "
target: Merge Games Ltd.
Merge Games is a games publisher, based in England, that is privately owned by Australian, Luke Keighran. Merge comprises a mixture of experienced industry veterans and enthusiastic youth - the combination makes for a strong group of people all dedicated to the business of publishing indie games.
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announced 5/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Jam City, will acquire Ludia, Inc.

synopsis: Jam City, a leader in mobile entertainment, is to acquire Montreal-based Ludia from FremantleMedia Canada Inc. Ludia is one of Canada's leading mobile video game companies. Its portfolio includes original games based on internationally recognized brands such as Jurassic World Alive, Lovelink, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends and much more.
buyer: Jam City
Jam City is a leader in mobile entertainment, providing unique and deeply engaging games that appeal to broad global audiences. Jam City has studios in Los Angeles (HQ), Burbank, San Francisco, San Diego, Bogotá, Toronto, Buenos Aires, and Berlin. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Ludia, Inc.
Ludia Inc. is one of Canada's leading mobile video game companies. Its high-quality portfolio includes original games based on internationally recognized brands such as Jurassic World Alive, Warriors of Waterdeep, Lovelink, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends and much more.
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announced 5/19/2021 via PR Newswire

Platinum Equity, LLC, will acquire Game Taco, Inc.

synopsis: Platinum Equity announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Game Taco, a premier skill-based mobile gaming platform that joins gamers from around the world to play and compete in tournaments for fun and cash prizes.
buyer: Platinum Equity, LLC
Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with more than $19 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world. Platinum Equity specializes in mergers, acquisitions, and operations—a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O."
target: Game Taco, Inc.
Game Taco, founded by Joshua Barrow in 2016, is an online skill-based game tournament platform. It is designed to provide a fun, friendly, and trusted destination for users to play skill-based games against opponents of similar ability for fun and cash prizes.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Appeal Studios

synopsis: Embracer Group has announced that they have acquired Appeal Studios. Appeal Studios is a premier game development studio, located in Belgium, that’s brought together a team of veteran game developers.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Appeal Studios
Appeal Studios is a premier game development studio, located in Belgium, that’s brought together a team of veteran game developers. They bring games to life across a wide array of gaming platforms. One of their most famous games is the 1999 cult classic, Outcast.
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closed 5/12/2021 via Company Press Release

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired FRAME BREAK AB

synopsis: Amplifier Game Invest, a company that invests in talented game studios, has acquired FRAME BREAK AB, an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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: FRAME BREAK AB
FRAME BREAK is an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired KAIKO GmbH

synopsis: THQ Nordic, an Austrian video game publisher, has acquired KAIKO, a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: KAIKO GmbH
KAIKO is a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

HandyGames, acquired Massive Miniteam

synopsis: HandyGames, a game developer and publisher in Germany, has acquired Massive Miniteam, an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: HandyGames
HandyGames is a game developer and publisher in Germany. HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of platforms. The company is focused on developing games for iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, tablet computers, Android TV, and Wearables. "
target: Massive Miniteam
Massive Miniteam is an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
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closed 4/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

People Can Fly, acquired Phosphor Games

synopsis: People Can Fly (PCF), a leading AAA game development studio in Poland, has acquired Phosphor Games, a Chicago-based game developer. Phosphor is dedicated to creating games that provide players with whimsical and twisted experiences across a range of cutting edge platforms. Their titles include The Dark Meadow, Horn, Corpse of Discovery, and more.
buyer: People Can Fly (WSE:PCF:$27.35)
People Can Fly (PCF) is a leading AAA game development studio in Poland. PCF specializes in creating games in the shooter genre. The studio is known for titles such as Bulletstorm, Gears of War: Judgment, Bulletstorm: Full Clip, Painkiller, and Outriders. "
target: Phosphor Games
Phosphor Games is a Chicago-based game developer. Phosphor is dedicated to creating games that provide players with beautifully whimsical and twisted experiences across a range of cutting edge platforms and genres. Their titles include The Dark Meadow, Horn, Corpse of Discovery, and more.
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announced 4/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

Trophy Games, will acquire Xombat ApS

synopsis: Trophy Games Development A/S entered into an agreement with DKSHA ApS to acquire 100% of the shares in Xombat ApS. Xombat is a Danish game developer company building games for the three major platforms: Facebook, Android, and iOS, including popular titles such as Airline Manager and Shipping Manager.
buyer: Trophy Games (CPSE:TGAMES:$5.00)
TROPHY GAMES is an innovative, Denmark-based game studio that develops and publishes mobile and PC games. The Company develops and publishes games with strategy and management challenges and predominantly focuses on football-themed games. "
target: Xombat ApS
Xombat is a Danish game developer company building games for the three major platforms: Facebook, Android, and iOS. Xombat's portfolio includes popular titles such as Airline Manager and Shipping Manager.
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closed 4/22/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Keywords Studios, acquired Climax Studios

synopsis: Keywords Studios, an international technical and creative services provider to the global video games industry, has acquired Climax Studios, an independent AAA games company in the UK. Climax Studios has developed games for some of the biggest names in the world. The studio has worked on titles such as Crackdown 3, Dirt Rally 2.0, and more.
buyer: Keywords Studios (AIM:KWS:$451.13)
Ireland’s Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. It provides integrated art creation, software engineering, testing, localization, audio and customer care services to a blue-chip client base. "
target: Climax Studios
Climax Studios is an independent AAA games company in the UK. Climax Studios has developed games for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, Sony, Konami and 2K Games. The studio has worked on titles such as Crackdown 3, Dirt Rally 2.0, Silent Hill: Origins and more.
price ($mm)
$37
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announced 4/1/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Nacon, will acquire Passtech Games

synopsis: Nacon, a French video game company, is to acquire 100% of Passtech Games. Created in 2012, Passtech has built its experience by developing several games (Space Run, Space Run Galaxy, Masters of Anima) on different platforms before specializing in rogue-like action games with Curse of the Dead Gods ®.
buyer: Nacon (ENXTPA:BIG:$179.92)
Nacon, formerly Bigben Interactive SA is a French video game company based in Lesquin. Established in 1981, the company designs and distributes accessories for video game consoles, and publishes and distributes video games for various platforms. "
target: Passtech Games
Created in 2012, Passtech has built its experience by developing several games (Space Run, Space Run Galaxy, Masters of Anima) on different platforms before specializing in rogue-like action games with Curse of the Dead Gods ®.
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announced 3/31/2021 via Company Press Release

CD Projekt RED, will acquire Digital Scapes

synopsis: CD Projekt RED, a world-renowned videogame development studio in Poland, will acquire Digital Scapes, an ambitious video game development studio in Canada. Digital Scapes specializes in developing AAA multiplayer, console and PC games. The studio has worked on blockbuster games like Dying Light, Prototype, Warhammer 40,000, Cyberpunk 2077 and more.
buyer parent: CD Projekt S.A.
buyer: CD Projekt RED
CD Projekt RED is a world-renowned videogame development studio in Poland, famous for The Witcher series of RPG videogames. CD Projekt RED's mission is to make the best RPG games on the planet. The studio is home to over 300 game-making professionals from all over the globe. "
target: Digital Scapes
Digital Scapes is an ambitious video game development studio in Canada. Digital Scapes specializes in developing AAA multiplayer, console and PC games. The studio has worked on blockbuster games like Dying Light, Prototype, Warhammer 40,000, Cyberpunk 2077, and more.
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closed 3/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Visual Concepts, purchased Game Division from HookBang

synopsis: 2K has acquired HookBang, LLC’s Austin-based video game division which will become part of Visual Concepts, the distinguished, wholly-owned studio and developer of the iconic NBA® 2K video game franchise.
buyer parent: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
buyer: Visual Concepts
Founded in 1988, Visual Concepts is the developer behind the 2K Sports games and the dominating success of the NBA 2K franchise. "
seller: HookBang
The acquisition includes HookBang, LLC’s Austin-based video game division. HookBang is a Creative Technology Studio that provides full-service software design and development for brands, agencies, and technology companies with hard problems.
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closed 3/24/2021 via Reuters

Nuverse (Hong Kong) Ltd, acquired Moonton Technology Co., Ltd.

synopsis: ByteDance said its video games unit Nuverse has agreed to acquire Shanghai-based gaming studio Moonton Technology, as it seeks to further expand into the video games business. The deal values the gaming studio at around $4 billion, two sources told Reuters.
buyer parent: ByteDance
buyer: Nuverse (Hong Kong) Ltd
Nuverse, based in Hong Kong, is a game development and publishing company for players and developers around the world. They are dedicated to serving gamers worldwide by offering top-tier games, building a global community, and providing fun and inspiring experiences for every gamer. "
target: Moonton Technology Co., Ltd.
Moonton, based in Shanghai, is a mobile game designer that aims to provide the best mobile game experience to the players all over the world. Founded in 2014, Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., Ltd. (MOONTON) specializes in R&D and distribution of games to other countries.
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closed 3/24/2021 via BNC Analysis

Playrix, acquired Boolat LLC

synopsis: Playrix has acquired Ukrainian-based Boolat Games. Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse.
buyer: Playrix
Playrix is a mobile game development company founded in 2004. They focus on free-to-play games for smartphones and tablets. Their games, Township, Fishdom and Gardenscapes have consistently been among the Top 50 Grossing Apps for iOS and Google Play since their release. "
target: Boolat LLC
Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse. They are based in Ukraine.
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closed 3/18/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Keywords Studios, acquired Tantalus Media

synopsis: Game services provider Keywords Studios has acquired a 85% interest in Tantalus Media, an Australian video game developer based in Australia. They were founded in 1994 and have worked on over 100 titles since, including Age of Empires, Cities Skylines, Mass Effect, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
buyer: Keywords Studios (AIM:KWS:$451.13)
Ireland’s Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. It provides integrated art creation, software engineering, testing, localization, audio and customer care services to a blue-chip client base. "
target: Tantalus Media
Tantalus Media is an Australian video game developer based in Australia. They were founded in 1994 and have worked on over 100 titles since, including Age of Empires, Cities Skylines, Mass Effect, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
price ($mm)
$31
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$6
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7.8x
closed 3/3/2021 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Tonic Games Group

synopsis: Epic Games announced the acquisition of Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic. In addition to Mediatonic, Tonic Games Group includes publishing label The Irregular Corporation (Murder by Numbers, PC Building Simulator) and start-up studio Fortitude Games.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Tonic Games Group
Tonic Games Group is the parent company of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic. In addition to Mediatonic, Tonic Games Group includes publishing label The Irregular Corporation (Murder by Numbers, PC Building Simulator) and start-up studio Fortitude Games.
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announced 2/25/2021 via BNC Analysis

Enad Global 7 AB, will acquire Innova Intellectual Properties S.à r.l.

synopsis: Enad Global 7 AB (publ) (EG7), a group of companies that develop, market, and publish video games, will acquire Innova Intellectual Property S.à r.l., a leading video game publisher in Russia. Innova focuses on publishing free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) titles. The company also publishes indie mobile games.
buyer: Enad Global 7 AB (OM:EG7:$78.25)
EG7 (Enad Global 7) is a family of companies within the gaming industry that develops, markets, publishes and distributes PC, console and mobile games to the global gaming market. The company employs 100+ game developers and develops its own original IP:s. "
target: Innova Intellectual Properties S.à r.l.
Innova is a leading video game publisher in Russia. Innova focuses on publishing free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) titles. Their games include Lineage 2, Ragnarök Online, Point Blank, Aion, RF Online and more. The company also publishes indie mobile games.
price ($mm)
$133
rev ($mm)
$40
EBITDA ($mm)
$16
EV / rev
3.3x
EV / EBITDA
8.1x
closed 6/4/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Facebook, acquired Unit 2 Games

synopsis: Facebook has acquired Unit 2 Games, an award-winning 40 person independent games studio based in Leamington Spa, UK. They are the developer behind free-to-play game creation and sharing tool Crayta. They plan to integrate Crayta’s creation toolset into Facebook Gaming’s cloud platform.
buyer: Facebook (FB:$94,399.00)
Facebook is a social utility that helps people better understand the world around them. Facebook develops technologies that facilitate the spread of information through social networks allowing people to share information online the same way they do in the real world. "
target: Unit 2 Games
Unit 2 Games is an award-winning 40 person independent games studio based in Leamington Spa, UK. They are the developer behind free-to-play game creation and sharing tool Crayta.
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closed 6/2/2021 via BusinessWire

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., acquired Nordeus Limited

synopsis: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. has acquired privately-held Nordeus, a mobile games company based in Belgrade, Serbia, best known for Top Eleven, the world’s most successful mobile soccer management game with over 240 million registered users.
buyer: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO:$3,372.77)
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. "
target: Nordeus Limited
Founded in 2010, Nordeus is a mobile games company based in Belgrade, Serbia, best known for Top Eleven, the world’s most successful mobile soccer management game with over 240 million registered users.
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$215*
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announced 5/27/2021 via BNC Analysis

Zordix AB, will acquire Merge Games Ltd.

synopsis: UK-based video games publisher and developer Merge Games has been acquired by Swedish company Zordix. Merge Games was founded in 2010, and has gone on to publish and distribute the likes of Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Cloudpunk and Streets of Rage 4.
buyer: Zordix AB (NGM:ZORDIX B:$4.09)
Zordix is a multinational game developer & publisher with its headquarter in Umeå in northern Sweden. Zordix is divided into four main units: Zordix Racing, Dimfrost Studio, Invictus Games and Zordix Publishing. "
target: Merge Games Ltd.
Merge Games is a games publisher, based in England, that is privately owned by Australian, Luke Keighran. Merge comprises a mixture of experienced industry veterans and enthusiastic youth - the combination makes for a strong group of people all dedicated to the business of publishing indie games.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$18
EBITDA ($mm)
$4
EV / rev
0.0x
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0.0x
announced 5/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Jam City, will acquire Ludia, Inc.

synopsis: Jam City, a leader in mobile entertainment, is to acquire Montreal-based Ludia from FremantleMedia Canada Inc. Ludia is one of Canada's leading mobile video game companies. Its portfolio includes original games based on internationally recognized brands such as Jurassic World Alive, Lovelink, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends and much more.
buyer: Jam City
Jam City is a leader in mobile entertainment, providing unique and deeply engaging games that appeal to broad global audiences. Jam City has studios in Los Angeles (HQ), Burbank, San Francisco, San Diego, Bogotá, Toronto, Buenos Aires, and Berlin. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Ludia, Inc.
Ludia Inc. is one of Canada's leading mobile video game companies. Its high-quality portfolio includes original games based on internationally recognized brands such as Jurassic World Alive, Warriors of Waterdeep, Lovelink, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends and much more.
price ($mm)
$175
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announced 5/19/2021 via PR Newswire

Platinum Equity, LLC, will acquire Game Taco, Inc.

synopsis: Platinum Equity announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Game Taco, a premier skill-based mobile gaming platform that joins gamers from around the world to play and compete in tournaments for fun and cash prizes.
buyer: Platinum Equity, LLC
Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with more than $19 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world. Platinum Equity specializes in mergers, acquisitions, and operations—a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O."
target: Game Taco, Inc.
Game Taco, founded by Joshua Barrow in 2016, is an online skill-based game tournament platform. It is designed to provide a fun, friendly, and trusted destination for users to play skill-based games against opponents of similar ability for fun and cash prizes.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Appeal Studios

synopsis: Embracer Group has announced that they have acquired Appeal Studios. Appeal Studios is a premier game development studio, located in Belgium, that’s brought together a team of veteran game developers.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Appeal Studios
Appeal Studios is a premier game development studio, located in Belgium, that’s brought together a team of veteran game developers. They bring games to life across a wide array of gaming platforms. One of their most famous games is the 1999 cult classic, Outcast.
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closed 5/12/2021 via Company Press Release

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired FRAME BREAK AB

synopsis: Amplifier Game Invest, a company that invests in talented game studios, has acquired FRAME BREAK AB, an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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: FRAME BREAK AB
FRAME BREAK is an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired KAIKO GmbH

synopsis: THQ Nordic, an Austrian video game publisher, has acquired KAIKO, a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: KAIKO GmbH
KAIKO is a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

HandyGames, acquired Massive Miniteam

synopsis: HandyGames, a game developer and publisher in Germany, has acquired Massive Miniteam, an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: HandyGames
HandyGames is a game developer and publisher in Germany. HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of platforms. The company is focused on developing games for iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, tablet computers, Android TV, and Wearables. "
target: Massive Miniteam
Massive Miniteam is an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
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closed 4/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

People Can Fly, acquired Phosphor Games

synopsis: People Can Fly (PCF), a leading AAA game development studio in Poland, has acquired Phosphor Games, a Chicago-based game developer. Phosphor is dedicated to creating games that provide players with whimsical and twisted experiences across a range of cutting edge platforms. Their titles include The Dark Meadow, Horn, Corpse of Discovery, and more.
buyer: People Can Fly (WSE:PCF:$27.35)
People Can Fly (PCF) is a leading AAA game development studio in Poland. PCF specializes in creating games in the shooter genre. The studio is known for titles such as Bulletstorm, Gears of War: Judgment, Bulletstorm: Full Clip, Painkiller, and Outriders. "
target: Phosphor Games
Phosphor Games is a Chicago-based game developer. Phosphor is dedicated to creating games that provide players with beautifully whimsical and twisted experiences across a range of cutting edge platforms and genres. Their titles include The Dark Meadow, Horn, Corpse of Discovery, and more.
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announced 4/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

Trophy Games, will acquire Xombat ApS

synopsis: Trophy Games Development A/S entered into an agreement with DKSHA ApS to acquire 100% of the shares in Xombat ApS. Xombat is a Danish game developer company building games for the three major platforms: Facebook, Android, and iOS, including popular titles such as Airline Manager and Shipping Manager.
buyer: Trophy Games (CPSE:TGAMES:$5.00)
TROPHY GAMES is an innovative, Denmark-based game studio that develops and publishes mobile and PC games. The Company develops and publishes games with strategy and management challenges and predominantly focuses on football-themed games. "
target: Xombat ApS
Xombat is a Danish game developer company building games for the three major platforms: Facebook, Android, and iOS. Xombat's portfolio includes popular titles such as Airline Manager and Shipping Manager.
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closed 4/22/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Keywords Studios, acquired Climax Studios

synopsis: Keywords Studios, an international technical and creative services provider to the global video games industry, has acquired Climax Studios, an independent AAA games company in the UK. Climax Studios has developed games for some of the biggest names in the world. The studio has worked on titles such as Crackdown 3, Dirt Rally 2.0, and more.
buyer: Keywords Studios (AIM:KWS:$451.13)
Ireland’s Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. It provides integrated art creation, software engineering, testing, localization, audio and customer care services to a blue-chip client base. "
target: Climax Studios
Climax Studios is an independent AAA games company in the UK. Climax Studios has developed games for some of the biggest names in the world, including Microsoft, Sony, Konami and 2K Games. The studio has worked on titles such as Crackdown 3, Dirt Rally 2.0, Silent Hill: Origins and more.
price ($mm)
$37
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announced 4/1/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Nacon, will acquire Passtech Games

synopsis: Nacon, a French video game company, is to acquire 100% of Passtech Games. Created in 2012, Passtech has built its experience by developing several games (Space Run, Space Run Galaxy, Masters of Anima) on different platforms before specializing in rogue-like action games with Curse of the Dead Gods ®.
buyer: Nacon (ENXTPA:BIG:$179.92)
Nacon, formerly Bigben Interactive SA is a French video game company based in Lesquin. Established in 1981, the company designs and distributes accessories for video game consoles, and publishes and distributes video games for various platforms. "
target: Passtech Games
Created in 2012, Passtech has built its experience by developing several games (Space Run, Space Run Galaxy, Masters of Anima) on different platforms before specializing in rogue-like action games with Curse of the Dead Gods ®.
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announced 3/31/2021 via Company Press Release

CD Projekt RED, will acquire Digital Scapes

synopsis: CD Projekt RED, a world-renowned videogame development studio in Poland, will acquire Digital Scapes, an ambitious video game development studio in Canada. Digital Scapes specializes in developing AAA multiplayer, console and PC games. The studio has worked on blockbuster games like Dying Light, Prototype, Warhammer 40,000, Cyberpunk 2077 and more.
buyer parent: CD Projekt S.A.
buyer: CD Projekt RED
CD Projekt RED is a world-renowned videogame development studio in Poland, famous for The Witcher series of RPG videogames. CD Projekt RED's mission is to make the best RPG games on the planet. The studio is home to over 300 game-making professionals from all over the globe. "
target: Digital Scapes
Digital Scapes is an ambitious video game development studio in Canada. Digital Scapes specializes in developing AAA multiplayer, console and PC games. The studio has worked on blockbuster games like Dying Light, Prototype, Warhammer 40,000, Cyberpunk 2077, and more.
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closed 3/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Visual Concepts, purchased Game Division from HookBang

synopsis: 2K has acquired HookBang, LLC’s Austin-based video game division which will become part of Visual Concepts, the distinguished, wholly-owned studio and developer of the iconic NBA® 2K video game franchise.
buyer parent: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
buyer: Visual Concepts
Founded in 1988, Visual Concepts is the developer behind the 2K Sports games and the dominating success of the NBA 2K franchise. "
seller: HookBang
The acquisition includes HookBang, LLC’s Austin-based video game division. HookBang is a Creative Technology Studio that provides full-service software design and development for brands, agencies, and technology companies with hard problems.
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closed 3/24/2021 via Reuters

Nuverse (Hong Kong) Ltd, acquired Moonton Technology Co., Ltd.

synopsis: ByteDance said its video games unit Nuverse has agreed to acquire Shanghai-based gaming studio Moonton Technology, as it seeks to further expand into the video games business. The deal values the gaming studio at around $4 billion, two sources told Reuters.
buyer parent: ByteDance
buyer: Nuverse (Hong Kong) Ltd
Nuverse, based in Hong Kong, is a game development and publishing company for players and developers around the world. They are dedicated to serving gamers worldwide by offering top-tier games, building a global community, and providing fun and inspiring experiences for every gamer. "
target: Moonton Technology Co., Ltd.
Moonton, based in Shanghai, is a mobile game designer that aims to provide the best mobile game experience to the players all over the world. Founded in 2014, Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., Ltd. (MOONTON) specializes in R&D and distribution of games to other countries.
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closed 3/24/2021 via BNC Analysis

Playrix, acquired Boolat LLC

synopsis: Playrix has acquired Ukrainian-based Boolat Games. Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse.
buyer: Playrix
Playrix is a mobile game development company founded in 2004. They focus on free-to-play games for smartphones and tablets. Their games, Township, Fishdom and Gardenscapes have consistently been among the Top 50 Grossing Apps for iOS and Google Play since their release. "
target: Boolat LLC
Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse. They are based in Ukraine.
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closed 3/18/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Keywords Studios, acquired Tantalus Media

synopsis: Game services provider Keywords Studios has acquired a 85% interest in Tantalus Media, an Australian video game developer based in Australia. They were founded in 1994 and have worked on over 100 titles since, including Age of Empires, Cities Skylines, Mass Effect, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
buyer: Keywords Studios (AIM:KWS:$451.13)
Ireland’s Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. It provides integrated art creation, software engineering, testing, localization, audio and customer care services to a blue-chip client base. "
target: Tantalus Media
Tantalus Media is an Australian video game developer based in Australia. They were founded in 1994 and have worked on over 100 titles since, including Age of Empires, Cities Skylines, Mass Effect, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
price ($mm)
$31
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$6
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
7.8x
closed 3/3/2021 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Tonic Games Group

synopsis: Epic Games announced the acquisition of Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic. In addition to Mediatonic, Tonic Games Group includes publishing label The Irregular Corporation (Murder by Numbers, PC Building Simulator) and start-up studio Fortitude Games.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Tonic Games Group
Tonic Games Group is the parent company of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic. In addition to Mediatonic, Tonic Games Group includes publishing label The Irregular Corporation (Murder by Numbers, PC Building Simulator) and start-up studio Fortitude Games.
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announced 2/25/2021 via BNC Analysis

Enad Global 7 AB, will acquire Innova Intellectual Properties S.à r.l.

synopsis: Enad Global 7 AB (publ) (EG7), a group of companies that develop, market, and publish video games, will acquire Innova Intellectual Property S.à r.l., a leading video game publisher in Russia. Innova focuses on publishing free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) titles. The company also publishes indie mobile games.
buyer: Enad Global 7 AB (OM:EG7:$78.25)
EG7 (Enad Global 7) is a family of companies within the gaming industry that develops, markets, publishes and distributes PC, console and mobile games to the global gaming market. The company employs 100+ game developers and develops its own original IP:s. "
target: Innova Intellectual Properties S.à r.l.
Innova is a leading video game publisher in Russia. Innova focuses on publishing free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) titles. Their games include Lineage 2, Ragnarök Online, Point Blank, Aion, RF Online and more. The company also publishes indie mobile games.
price ($mm)
$133
rev ($mm)
$40
EBITDA ($mm)
$16
EV / rev
3.3x
EV / EBITDA
8.1x

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