Like Puzzle and Sudoku Magazine Business

closed 5/31/2019 via DGAP

Keesing Media Group B.V., purchased Puzzle and Sudoku Magazine Business from Bastei Luebbe

synopsis: Keesing Media Group, one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe, has acquired Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house. Their puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand.
buyer parent: Ergon Capital Partners
buyer: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties. "
seller: Bastei Luebbe (DB:BST:$77.74)
Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house based in Cologne specialising in the publication of books, audio books and e-books with fiction and popular science content.
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announced 11/13/2020 via BNC Analysis

BC Partners, will acquire Keesing Media Group B.V.

synopsis: BC Partners, a leading UK investment firm, will acquire Keesing Media Group from Ergon Capital, a mid-market investment company. Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
buyer: BC Partners
UK-based BC Partners is a leading international investment firm with over €23 billion of assets under management in private equity, private credit and real estate. BC Partners has played an active role in developing the European buy-out market for three decades. "
target parent: Ergon Capital Partners
target: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
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announced 7/19/2017 via Company Press Release

Ergon Capital Partners, will acquire Keesing Media Group B.V.

synopsis: Ergon Capital Partners, a mid-market investment company, will acquire Keesing Media Group from Telegraaf Media Groep, one of the largest media companies in the Netherlands. Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. They have a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis.
buyer: Ergon Capital Partners
Ergon is a mid-market investment company with ~€500 million under management backed by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert Ergon is a disciplined and discreet value investor, which provides "patient and friendly capital" to entrepreneurs and managers. "
target parent: Telegraaf Media Groep N.V.
target: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
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closed 12/14/2005 via

D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd., acquired Puzzler Media Limited

synopsis: ABN AMRO Capital, the private equity business of ABN AMRO, today announces that it has sold Puzzler Media Group Limited ("Puzzler Media") to John Leng & Co, a subsidiary of the Dundee based publishing group DC Thomson, and the existing management team, for an enterprise value of GBP 85 mln.
buyer: D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
D.C. Thomson produce more than 200 million magazines, newspapers and comics each year. Our publications include: The Courier, The Evening Telegraph, The Sunday Post, Classic Stitches and The Scots Magazine. "
target parent: ABN AMRO Holding N.V.
target: Puzzler Media Limited
Puzzler Media is one of the UK’s most successful consumer magazine publishers with a wide range of interests that includes books, games, CDs; also interactive puzzles for various digital platforms, including TV, mobile phones and the internet.
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$151
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closed 7/17/2019 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Game Rant

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired GameRant.com, the popular and authoritative media outlet for video game related news, reviews, and discussion. They offer sharp analytical commentary on gaming, thoughtful reviews and fun list and countdown posts.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet, a leader in Online Media Publishing, creates and distributes original content for its brands and audiences, worldwide. Valnet has acquired and developed a variety of web properties including movie and TV news website ScreenRant.com. "
target: Game Rant
GameRant.com is a video game news site that brings readers the latest news on the hottest games available now and coming soon, plus reviews, trailers, editorial features and more. Sharp analytical commentary on gaming, thoughtful reviews and fun list and countdown posts.
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closed 7/26/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Enthusiast Gaming Inc., acquired The Escapist

synopsis: Enthusiast Gaming, an online network of websites devoted to video gaming and Canada's largest video-gaming expo, has acquired The Escapist Magazine, a leading online magazine focused on in-depth coverage of the video game industry in addition to movies, comics, TV, and more.
buyer: Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (TSXV:EGLX:$120.27)
Enthusiast owns and operates an online network of websites devoted to video gaming and Canada's largest video-gaming expo. Between its online digital media properties, its network of partner websites, and video-gaming gaming expo, Enthusiast engages millions of video gaming enthusiasts worldwide. "
target parent: Zelnick Media Capital
target: The Escapist
The Escapist covers digital culture with a progressive editorial style, with articles and columns by the top writers in and outside of the digital entertainment industry.
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announced 6/23/2016 via Company Press Release

Future plc, will acquire Imagine Publishing Limited

synopsis: Future, an award-winning international media group and leading digital publisher, has agreed terms to acquire Imagine Publishing Limited, one of the UK’s fastest-growing consumer technology publishers.
buyer: Future plc (LSE:FUTR:$606.80)
Future is an award-winning international media group and leading digital publisher. They reach more than 51 million international consumers a month and create world-class content and advertising solutions online, on tablet & smartphone and in print. "
target: Imagine Publishing Limited
Imagine publishing is one of the UK’s fastest-growing consumer technology publishers, with 20 magazines, 200 bookazines, 30 apps and 30 websites published worldwide within four key market sectors - knowledge/science, technology, photography and videogames.
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$20
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closed 6/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Webedia SAS, acquired JeuxVideo.com

synopsis: Webedia, the 10th largest French media company on the internet, has announced its acquisition of JeuxVideo.com from Hi-Media. JeuxVideo.com offers an online news magazine for video games, personal computers and consoles.
buyer parent: Fimalac SA
buyer: Webedia SAS
Webedia SAS operates as a website publisher. It is the 10th largest French media company on the internet. It hosts a number of websites such as PurePeople, PureTrend, Purefans, Shopoon, Dailyconso, and Onlydesign. "
target parent: Hi-Media Group
target: JeuxVideo.com
Jeuxvideo.com offers an online news magazine for video games, personal computers and consoles. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Aurillac, France.
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$123
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announced 6/2/2009 via PR Newswire

Steve Harris, will acquire Electronic Gaming Monthly

synopsis: Steve Harris, founder of "Electronic Gaming Monthly" magazine, announced that he has entered into an agreement with Ziff Davis Media to re-acquire certain assets, including trademarks and publishing rights, with plans to re-launch EGM in the second half of 2009.
buyer: Steve Harris
Steve Harris founded Electronic Gaming Monthly in 1988. "
target parent: Willis Stein & Partners
target: Electronic Gaming Monthly
Electronic Gaming Monthly (aka EGM) was launched in 1988 by Steve Harris to provide independent news, reviews, and other content of interest to video game enthusiasts. The magazine enjoyed rapid success that continued after Harris sold the publication to Ziff Davis in 1996.
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closed 2/3/2009 via BusinessWire

Gamefly, Inc., acquired Shacknews, Ltd.

synopsis: GameFly.com, the leading subscription-based videogame rental company, announced that it has acquired Shacknews Ltd., the parent company of the Web’s leading independent news site, Shacknews.com, and videogames-related digital download site, FileShack.com.
buyer: Gamefly, Inc.
GameFly™ is the leading online video game rental service. eFly™ is the leading online video game rental service. With a choice of more than 6,000 titles, GameFly offers the widest selection of games for the PlayStation® 2, PlayStation® 3, Xbox™ etc.. without the hassle of due dates or late fees. "
target: Shacknews, Ltd.
Founded in 1995 by Steve Gibson, Shacknews Ltd. has been a leader in online video game information and downloads for over a decade. Shacknews.com and FileShack.com are home to one of the largest and most active gaming communities in the world.
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closed 8/16/2006 via BusinessWire

AOL, LLC., acquired GameDAILY

synopsis: AOL LLC announced today that it has acquired GameDaily, one of the Internet's leading independent video game publications, from Gigex, Inc. AOL's agreement with Gigex closed on August 10th, 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: AOL, LLC. (AOL:$2,569.00)
AOL is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL’s business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. "
target parent: Gigex, Inc.
target: GameDAILY
GameDaily is the Internet's leading independent video game publication, serving the mainstream gaming audience and industry decision makers. GameDaily reaches the coveted demographic of consumers ages 18 to 34.
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closed 5/12/2005 via Reuters

Future plc, acquired Echo Software and Hardware LLC

synopsis: Magazine publisher Future Plc said it bought Cheat Planet, a U.S. computer games website, from Echo Software and Hardware LLC for $8.7 million cash.
buyer: Future plc (LSE:FUTR:$606.80)
Future plc is an international special-interest media group. Founded in 1985 with one UK magazine, today it creates over 150 special-interest publications, websites and events with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, automotive, sports, crafts and leisure sectors. "
target: Echo Software and Hardware LLC
Echo Software and Hardware LLC operates Cheat Planet, a U.S. computer games website.
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closed 5/4/2022 via BNC Analysis

Damage Media Group OÜ, acquired Esports Headlines

synopsis: Damage Media Group (DMG) announced the acquisition of Esports Headlines (EsportsHeadlines.com), a digital magazine known for its coverage of competitive gaming topics through news articles, guides, tutorials, and reviews. Esports Headlines focuses on popular titles, including CS: GO, Fortnite, LoL, Overwatch, Apex Legends, DotA 2 and others.
buyer: Damage Media Group OÜ
An independent digital publishing group based in Tallinn, Estonia, Damage Media Group (DMG) specializes in creating content-driven experiences for technology and gaming enthusiasts. Since 2020, DMG has been acquiring websites that operate within their markets of interest. "
target: Esports Headlines
Esports Headlines is a digital magazine known for its coverage of competitive gaming topics through news articles, guides, tutorials, and reviews. Initially launched in August 2016, the site focuses on popular titles, including CS: GO, Fortnite, LoL, Overwatch, Apex Legends, DotA 2 and others.
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closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
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$2
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closed 3/14/2018 via Company Press Release

Gfinity plc, acquired RealSport

synopsis: Gfinity plc, a leading international esports entertainment group, announced that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of RealSM Limited, owner of the fan-oriented digital sports media platform, RealSport. Founded in January 2016, RealSport provides sports fans with all the latest news from across the globe.
buyer: Gfinity plc (AIM:GFIN:$5.99)
Founded in 2012, Gfinity has established itself as one of the world's leading esports companies. The London-based business enjoys strong relationships with game publishers, players and the wider esports community and has built a solid reputation for delivering high quality competitions. "
target: RealSport
RealSport is a fan-oriented, tech-forward sports media platform with commitment to simple UI and quality and exciting original content, from Football to eSports. RealSport believes in providing the highest quality original and unique content, written by real sports fans.
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$3.33
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announced 11/13/2012 via BNC Analysis

NosJuniors.com, will acquire NumeriKids

synopsis: NosJuniors.com, the information site for parents acquires rival NumeriKids, who publishes an online magazine about the digital environment of children for an unknown amount. Numerikids.com specializes in news and trends on the digital environment for children, whether it be video games, tablets, smartphones and dedicated application environments.
buyer: NosJuniors.com
Nos Juniors is an online magazine dedicated to parents of children aged 6-12 years. NosJuniors.com aims to answer key questions posed by parents of children between 6 and 12 years in all areas of daily life. "
target: NumeriKids
NumeriKids operates as an internet magazine which offers information about current events and trends relating to the digital environment of children, regarding video games, tablets, smart phones, and dedicated application environments.
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closed 8/22/2018 via Company Press Release

Dexerto Limited, acquired Charlie INTEL

synopsis: Dexerto is delighted to welcome charlieINTEL.com and fortniteINTEL.com to their fast-growing network of platforms covering esports, gaming and digital stars. charlieINTEL.com is a news site dedicated to delivering the latest news on the popular Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise.
buyer: Dexerto Limited
Dexerto is a global provider of esports and entertainment news, videos and live broadcasting. They offer an unmatched insight into the lives of professional gamers and Internet-grown celebrities, blending sports-style and lifestyle coverage. "
target: Charlie INTEL
charlieINTEL.com is a news site dedicated to delivering the latest news on the popular Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise. charlieINTEL is one of the biggest Call of Duty fan community sites. Associated site, FortniteIntel.com, is a new site dedicated to Epic Games' Fortnite Battle Royale.
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announced 2/24/2022 via BNC Analysis

Hachette Livre SA, will acquire La Boîte de Jeu

synopsis: Hachette Livre has signed an agreement to acquire majority stake in La Boîte de Jeu, an independent French board game publishing company founded in 2013 and based in Arceau, France. La Boîte de Jeu's current catalogue comprises around 20 games, mainly aimed at fans of strategy games.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Livre SA
Hachette Livre, a subsidiary of the French media giant Lagardère, is a repository of part of France’s cultural heritage. The Group brings together a broad spectrum of prestigious publishers covering the entire consumer and education book markets. "
target: La Boîte de Jeu
La Boîte de Jeu is an independent French board game publishing company founded in 2013 and based in Arceau, France. La Boîte de Jeu's current catalogue comprises around 20 games, mainly aimed at fans of strategy games.
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closed 9/19/2018 via PE Hub

Mason Wells, acquired Buffalo Games

synopsis: Mason Wells, a leading Midwest-based private equity firm, has acquired Buffalo Games, a leading manufacturer, innovator and marketer of jigsaw puzzles and board, table and party games for adults, families and children. The Company sells its products to the mass retail, online, specialty, craft/hobby and book store channels.
buyer: Mason Wells
Mason Wells is a leading Midwest-based private equity firm with approximately $1.0 billion in assets under management across its current private equity funds. Mason Wells is currently investing out of Mason Wells Buyout Fund IV, a $615 million fund. "
target: Buffalo Games
Buffalo Games is a leading manufacturer, innovator and marketer of jigsaw puzzles and board, table and party games for adults, families and children. The Company sells its products to the mass retail, online, specialty, craft/hobby and book store channels.
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closed 4/28/2008 via BusinessWire

GamerDNA, acquired It Can Talk Inc.

synopsis: GamerDNA announced that it completed the acquisition of It Can Talk Inc., owner of the popular Xbox community website 360voice.com. The Xbox 360 is a popular videogame console with an installed base of over 18 million units, and the 360voice.com website is a community that serves this audience.
buyer: GamerDNA
GamerDNA is building a community for the millions of people globally who are passionate about the immersive, engaging experiences that can be found through games. GamerDNA is led by a team of online media and computer games veterans from Eprise, New York Times Digital and Electronic Arts Mythic. "
target: It Can Talk Inc.
360voice (owned by It Can Talk Inc.) is a leading online community for the Xbox 360 with a twist. Using unique technology, the data from your Xbox Live gamercard is transformed from a snapshot into a rich history of your gaming, told in blog format from the perspective of your Xbox.
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closed 5/31/2019 via DGAP

Keesing Media Group B.V., purchased Puzzle and Sudoku Magazine Business from Bastei Luebbe

synopsis: Keesing Media Group, one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe, has acquired Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house. Their puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand.
buyer parent: Ergon Capital Partners
buyer: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties. "
seller: Bastei Luebbe (DB:BST:$77.74)
Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house based in Cologne specialising in the publication of books, audio books and e-books with fiction and popular science content.
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announced 8/30/2018 via Company Press Release

saltation GmbH & Co. KG, will acquire beam Shop GmbH

synopsis: saltation Beteiligungs GmbH, a Germany-based provider of IT services, will acquire beam Shop Gmbh from Bastei Lübbe AG, a German publishing house. beam Shop is an online platform in Germany that sells e-books. beam focuses on e-books in the science fiction genre but also offers westerns, fantasy, horror, erotica, and more.
buyer: saltation GmbH & Co. KG
saltation is a Germany-based provider of IT services. saltation provides IT consulting and software development services. The company creates high-quality systems and applications, and helps their clients find the most optimal solution for their needs. "
target parent: Bastei Luebbe
target: beam Shop GmbH
beam Shop Gmbh is an online platform in Germany that sells e-books. beam focuses on e-books in the science fiction genre but also offers westerns, fantasy, horror, erotica, and more. Beam offers thousands of e-books that can be instantly downloaded in ePub, PDF, and Mobipocket formats.
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announced 8/27/2018 via Company Press Release

Omega-Alpha SA, will acquire BookRix

synopsis: Bastei Lübbe AG signed an agreement to sell its 54 % stake in BookRix GmbH & Co KG, Munich. The purchaser is Omega-Alpha SA, Luxembourg. BookRix is a free self publishing platform that offers ebook distribution services to independent writers.
buyer: Omega-Alpha SA
Omega-Alpha SA is a holding company based in Luxembourg. "
target parent: Bastei Luebbe
target: BookRix
BookRix is a free self publishing platform that offers ebook distribution services to independent writers. Users can share their writing, connect with other readers and discover new stories and authors – all in one place.
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closed 9/10/2014 via BNC Analysis

Bastei Luebbe, acquired beam GmbH

synopsis: Bastei Lübbe AG is further expanding its digital activities through the acquisition of the successful online shop platform beam-ebooks.de. The 100% stake in the web platform, which specialises in eBooks, is intended to strengthen and broaden the Cologne-based media corporation's portfolio in the area of new media.
buyer: Bastei Luebbe (DB:BST:$77.74)
Bastei Lübbe AG is a publically traded media company organised around its publishing venture. It publishes books, audio books, ebooks and digital products in both the literary and popular science genres, as well as serialised novels and puzzle magazines. "
target: beam GmbH
beam GmbH develops and operates a Web platform for the retail of e-books. The company is based in Cologne, Germany.
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closed 5/22/2014 via Company Press Release

Bastei Luebbe, acquired BookRix

synopsis: Bastei Lübbe AG, a publically traded media company, has acquired a majority share of BookRix GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading self-publishing platforms in Germany. At present roughly 1,000 new eBooks are published each month on the platform. The eBooks distributed by BookRix via its proprietary platform reach its base of some 560,000 users.
buyer: Bastei Luebbe (DB:BST:$77.74)
Bastei Lübbe AG is a publically traded media company organised around its publishing venture. It publishes books, audio books, ebooks and digital products in both the literary and popular science genres, as well as serialised novels and puzzle magazines. "
target: BookRix
BookRix GmbH & Co. KG is one of Germany's largest self-publishing platforms. As a shop-independent provider, BookRix delivers content from its authors to roughly 60 different stores - including market leaders Amazon and iTunes. It is also free.
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announced 11/13/2020 via BNC Analysis

BC Partners, will acquire Keesing Media Group B.V.

synopsis: BC Partners, a leading UK investment firm, will acquire Keesing Media Group from Ergon Capital, a mid-market investment company. Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
buyer: BC Partners
UK-based BC Partners is a leading international investment firm with over €23 billion of assets under management in private equity, private credit and real estate. BC Partners has played an active role in developing the European buy-out market for three decades. "
target parent: Ergon Capital Partners
target: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
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closed 5/31/2019 via DGAP

Keesing Media Group B.V., purchased Puzzle and Sudoku Magazine Business from Bastei Luebbe

synopsis: Keesing Media Group, one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe, has acquired Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house. Their puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand.
buyer parent: Ergon Capital Partners
buyer: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties. "
seller: Bastei Luebbe (DB:BST:$77.74)
Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house based in Cologne specialising in the publication of books, audio books and e-books with fiction and popular science content.
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announced 7/19/2017 via Company Press Release

Ergon Capital Partners, will acquire Keesing Media Group B.V.

synopsis: Ergon Capital Partners, a mid-market investment company, will acquire Keesing Media Group from Telegraaf Media Groep, one of the largest media companies in the Netherlands. Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. They have a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis.
buyer: Ergon Capital Partners
Ergon is a mid-market investment company with ~€500 million under management backed by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert Ergon is a disciplined and discreet value investor, which provides "patient and friendly capital" to entrepreneurs and managers. "
target parent: Telegraaf Media Groep N.V.
target: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
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closed 5/31/2019 via DGAP

Keesing Media Group B.V., purchased Puzzle and Sudoku Magazine Business from Bastei Luebbe

synopsis: Keesing Media Group, one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe, has acquired Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house. Their puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand.
buyer parent: Ergon Capital Partners
buyer: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties. "
seller: Bastei Luebbe (DB:BST:$77.74)
Bastei Lübbe AG's puzzle and Sudoku magazine business includes 33 puzzle magazines under the PMV brand. Bastei Lübbe is a German publishing house based in Cologne specialising in the publication of books, audio books and e-books with fiction and popular science content.
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BC Partners, will acquire Keesing Media Group B.V.

synopsis: BC Partners, a leading UK investment firm, will acquire Keesing Media Group from Ergon Capital, a mid-market investment company. Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
buyer: BC Partners
UK-based BC Partners is a leading international investment firm with over €23 billion of assets under management in private equity, private credit and real estate. BC Partners has played an active role in developing the European buy-out market for three decades. "
target parent: Ergon Capital Partners
target: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
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Ergon Capital Partners, will acquire Keesing Media Group B.V.

synopsis: Ergon Capital Partners, a mid-market investment company, will acquire Keesing Media Group from Telegraaf Media Groep, one of the largest media companies in the Netherlands. Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. They have a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis.
buyer: Ergon Capital Partners
Ergon is a mid-market investment company with ~€500 million under management backed by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert Ergon is a disciplined and discreet value investor, which provides "patient and friendly capital" to entrepreneurs and managers. "
target parent: Telegraaf Media Groep N.V.
target: Keesing Media Group B.V.
Keesing Media Group is one of the biggest publishers of puzzle magazines in Europe. With a print run of 86 million puzzle magazines on an annual basis, Keesing has conquered the hearts of millions of puzzle fans. From arrowwords to sudokus, and more, Keesing offers all kinds of puzzle varieties.
price ($mm)
$120*
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closed 12/14/2005 via

D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd., acquired Puzzler Media Limited

synopsis: ABN AMRO Capital, the private equity business of ABN AMRO, today announces that it has sold Puzzler Media Group Limited ("Puzzler Media") to John Leng & Co, a subsidiary of the Dundee based publishing group DC Thomson, and the existing management team, for an enterprise value of GBP 85 mln.
buyer: D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
D.C. Thomson produce more than 200 million magazines, newspapers and comics each year. Our publications include: The Courier, The Evening Telegraph, The Sunday Post, Classic Stitches and The Scots Magazine. "
target parent: ABN AMRO Holding N.V.
target: Puzzler Media Limited
Puzzler Media is one of the UK’s most successful consumer magazine publishers with a wide range of interests that includes books, games, CDs; also interactive puzzles for various digital platforms, including TV, mobile phones and the internet.
price ($mm)
$151
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/17/2019 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Game Rant

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired GameRant.com, the popular and authoritative media outlet for video game related news, reviews, and discussion. They offer sharp analytical commentary on gaming, thoughtful reviews and fun list and countdown posts.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet, a leader in Online Media Publishing, creates and distributes original content for its brands and audiences, worldwide. Valnet has acquired and developed a variety of web properties including movie and TV news website ScreenRant.com. "
target: Game Rant
GameRant.com is a video game news site that brings readers the latest news on the hottest games available now and coming soon, plus reviews, trailers, editorial features and more. Sharp analytical commentary on gaming, thoughtful reviews and fun list and countdown posts.
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closed 7/26/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Enthusiast Gaming Inc., acquired The Escapist

synopsis: Enthusiast Gaming, an online network of websites devoted to video gaming and Canada's largest video-gaming expo, has acquired The Escapist Magazine, a leading online magazine focused on in-depth coverage of the video game industry in addition to movies, comics, TV, and more.
buyer: Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (TSXV:EGLX:$120.27)
Enthusiast owns and operates an online network of websites devoted to video gaming and Canada's largest video-gaming expo. Between its online digital media properties, its network of partner websites, and video-gaming gaming expo, Enthusiast engages millions of video gaming enthusiasts worldwide. "
target parent: Zelnick Media Capital
target: The Escapist
The Escapist covers digital culture with a progressive editorial style, with articles and columns by the top writers in and outside of the digital entertainment industry.
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announced 6/23/2016 via Company Press Release

Future plc, will acquire Imagine Publishing Limited

synopsis: Future, an award-winning international media group and leading digital publisher, has agreed terms to acquire Imagine Publishing Limited, one of the UK’s fastest-growing consumer technology publishers.
buyer: Future plc (LSE:FUTR:$606.80)
Future is an award-winning international media group and leading digital publisher. They reach more than 51 million international consumers a month and create world-class content and advertising solutions online, on tablet & smartphone and in print. "
target: Imagine Publishing Limited
Imagine publishing is one of the UK’s fastest-growing consumer technology publishers, with 20 magazines, 200 bookazines, 30 apps and 30 websites published worldwide within four key market sectors - knowledge/science, technology, photography and videogames.
price ($mm)
$20
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closed 6/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Webedia SAS, acquired JeuxVideo.com

synopsis: Webedia, the 10th largest French media company on the internet, has announced its acquisition of JeuxVideo.com from Hi-Media. JeuxVideo.com offers an online news magazine for video games, personal computers and consoles.
buyer parent: Fimalac SA
buyer: Webedia SAS
Webedia SAS operates as a website publisher. It is the 10th largest French media company on the internet. It hosts a number of websites such as PurePeople, PureTrend, Purefans, Shopoon, Dailyconso, and Onlydesign. "
target parent: Hi-Media Group
target: JeuxVideo.com
Jeuxvideo.com offers an online news magazine for video games, personal computers and consoles. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is based in Aurillac, France.
price ($mm)
$123
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announced 6/2/2009 via PR Newswire

Steve Harris, will acquire Electronic Gaming Monthly

synopsis: Steve Harris, founder of "Electronic Gaming Monthly" magazine, announced that he has entered into an agreement with Ziff Davis Media to re-acquire certain assets, including trademarks and publishing rights, with plans to re-launch EGM in the second half of 2009.
buyer: Steve Harris
Steve Harris founded Electronic Gaming Monthly in 1988. "
target parent: Willis Stein & Partners
target: Electronic Gaming Monthly
Electronic Gaming Monthly (aka EGM) was launched in 1988 by Steve Harris to provide independent news, reviews, and other content of interest to video game enthusiasts. The magazine enjoyed rapid success that continued after Harris sold the publication to Ziff Davis in 1996.
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closed 2/3/2009 via BusinessWire

Gamefly, Inc., acquired Shacknews, Ltd.

synopsis: GameFly.com, the leading subscription-based videogame rental company, announced that it has acquired Shacknews Ltd., the parent company of the Web’s leading independent news site, Shacknews.com, and videogames-related digital download site, FileShack.com.
buyer: Gamefly, Inc.
GameFly™ is the leading online video game rental service. eFly™ is the leading online video game rental service. With a choice of more than 6,000 titles, GameFly offers the widest selection of games for the PlayStation® 2, PlayStation® 3, Xbox™ etc.. without the hassle of due dates or late fees. "
target: Shacknews, Ltd.
Founded in 1995 by Steve Gibson, Shacknews Ltd. has been a leader in online video game information and downloads for over a decade. Shacknews.com and FileShack.com are home to one of the largest and most active gaming communities in the world.
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closed 8/16/2006 via BusinessWire

AOL, LLC., acquired GameDAILY

synopsis: AOL LLC announced today that it has acquired GameDaily, one of the Internet's leading independent video game publications, from Gigex, Inc. AOL's agreement with Gigex closed on August 10th, 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: AOL, LLC. (AOL:$2,569.00)
AOL is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL’s business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. "
target parent: Gigex, Inc.
target: GameDAILY
GameDaily is the Internet's leading independent video game publication, serving the mainstream gaming audience and industry decision makers. GameDaily reaches the coveted demographic of consumers ages 18 to 34.
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closed 5/12/2005 via Reuters

Future plc, acquired Echo Software and Hardware LLC

synopsis: Magazine publisher Future Plc said it bought Cheat Planet, a U.S. computer games website, from Echo Software and Hardware LLC for $8.7 million cash.
buyer: Future plc (LSE:FUTR:$606.80)
Future plc is an international special-interest media group. Founded in 1985 with one UK magazine, today it creates over 150 special-interest publications, websites and events with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, automotive, sports, crafts and leisure sectors. "
target: Echo Software and Hardware LLC
Echo Software and Hardware LLC operates Cheat Planet, a U.S. computer games website.
price ($mm)
$8.70
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/4/2022 via BNC Analysis

Damage Media Group OÜ, acquired Esports Headlines

synopsis: Damage Media Group (DMG) announced the acquisition of Esports Headlines (EsportsHeadlines.com), a digital magazine known for its coverage of competitive gaming topics through news articles, guides, tutorials, and reviews. Esports Headlines focuses on popular titles, including CS: GO, Fortnite, LoL, Overwatch, Apex Legends, DotA 2 and others.
buyer: Damage Media Group OÜ
An independent digital publishing group based in Tallinn, Estonia, Damage Media Group (DMG) specializes in creating content-driven experiences for technology and gaming enthusiasts. Since 2020, DMG has been acquiring websites that operate within their markets of interest. "
target: Esports Headlines
Esports Headlines is a digital magazine known for its coverage of competitive gaming topics through news articles, guides, tutorials, and reviews. Initially launched in August 2016, the site focuses on popular titles, including CS: GO, Fortnite, LoL, Overwatch, Apex Legends, DotA 2 and others.
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closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$2
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/14/2018 via Company Press Release

Gfinity plc, acquired RealSport

synopsis: Gfinity plc, a leading international esports entertainment group, announced that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of RealSM Limited, owner of the fan-oriented digital sports media platform, RealSport. Founded in January 2016, RealSport provides sports fans with all the latest news from across the globe.
buyer: Gfinity plc (AIM:GFIN:$5.99)
Founded in 2012, Gfinity has established itself as one of the world's leading esports companies. The London-based business enjoys strong relationships with game publishers, players and the wider esports community and has built a solid reputation for delivering high quality competitions. "
target: RealSport
RealSport is a fan-oriented, tech-forward sports media platform with commitment to simple UI and quality and exciting original content, from Football to eSports. RealSport believes in providing the highest quality original and unique content, written by real sports fans.
price ($mm)
$3.33
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 11/13/2012 via BNC Analysis

NosJuniors.com, will acquire NumeriKids

synopsis: NosJuniors.com, the information site for parents acquires rival NumeriKids, who publishes an online magazine about the digital environment of children for an unknown amount. Numerikids.com specializes in news and trends on the digital environment for children, whether it be video games, tablets, smartphones and dedicated application environments.
buyer: NosJuniors.com
Nos Juniors is an online magazine dedicated to parents of children aged 6-12 years. NosJuniors.com aims to answer key questions posed by parents of children between 6 and 12 years in all areas of daily life. "
target: NumeriKids
NumeriKids operates as an internet magazine which offers information about current events and trends relating to the digital environment of children, regarding video games, tablets, smart phones, and dedicated application environments.
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closed 8/22/2018 via Company Press Release

Dexerto Limited, acquired Charlie INTEL

synopsis: Dexerto is delighted to welcome charlieINTEL.com and fortniteINTEL.com to their fast-growing network of platforms covering esports, gaming and digital stars. charlieINTEL.com is a news site dedicated to delivering the latest news on the popular Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise.
buyer: Dexerto Limited
Dexerto is a global provider of esports and entertainment news, videos and live broadcasting. They offer an unmatched insight into the lives of professional gamers and Internet-grown celebrities, blending sports-style and lifestyle coverage. "
target: Charlie INTEL
charlieINTEL.com is a news site dedicated to delivering the latest news on the popular Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise. charlieINTEL is one of the biggest Call of Duty fan community sites. Associated site, FortniteIntel.com, is a new site dedicated to Epic Games' Fortnite Battle Royale.
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announced 2/24/2022 via BNC Analysis

Hachette Livre SA, will acquire La Boîte de Jeu

synopsis: Hachette Livre has signed an agreement to acquire majority stake in La Boîte de Jeu, an independent French board game publishing company founded in 2013 and based in Arceau, France. La Boîte de Jeu's current catalogue comprises around 20 games, mainly aimed at fans of strategy games.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Livre SA
Hachette Livre, a subsidiary of the French media giant Lagardère, is a repository of part of France’s cultural heritage. The Group brings together a broad spectrum of prestigious publishers covering the entire consumer and education book markets. "
target: La Boîte de Jeu
La Boîte de Jeu is an independent French board game publishing company founded in 2013 and based in Arceau, France. La Boîte de Jeu's current catalogue comprises around 20 games, mainly aimed at fans of strategy games.
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closed 9/19/2018 via PE Hub

Mason Wells, acquired Buffalo Games

synopsis: Mason Wells, a leading Midwest-based private equity firm, has acquired Buffalo Games, a leading manufacturer, innovator and marketer of jigsaw puzzles and board, table and party games for adults, families and children. The Company sells its products to the mass retail, online, specialty, craft/hobby and book store channels.
buyer: Mason Wells
Mason Wells is a leading Midwest-based private equity firm with approximately $1.0 billion in assets under management across its current private equity funds. Mason Wells is currently investing out of Mason Wells Buyout Fund IV, a $615 million fund. "
target: Buffalo Games
Buffalo Games is a leading manufacturer, innovator and marketer of jigsaw puzzles and board, table and party games for adults, families and children. The Company sells its products to the mass retail, online, specialty, craft/hobby and book store channels.
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closed 4/28/2008 via BusinessWire

GamerDNA, acquired It Can Talk Inc.

synopsis: GamerDNA announced that it completed the acquisition of It Can Talk Inc., owner of the popular Xbox community website 360voice.com. The Xbox 360 is a popular videogame console with an installed base of over 18 million units, and the 360voice.com website is a community that serves this audience.
buyer: GamerDNA
GamerDNA is building a community for the millions of people globally who are passionate about the immersive, engaging experiences that can be found through games. GamerDNA is led by a team of online media and computer games veterans from Eprise, New York Times Digital and Electronic Arts Mythic. "
target: It Can Talk Inc.
360voice (owned by It Can Talk Inc.) is a leading online community for the Xbox 360 with a twist. Using unique technology, the data from your Xbox Live gamercard is transformed from a snapshot into a rich history of your gaming, told in blog format from the perspective of your Xbox.
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