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closed 2/5/2020 via BNC Analysis

Cards Against Humanity, acquired ClickHole

synopsis: Cards Against Humanity,  the company behind the card game of the same name, has acquired the satirical site ClickHole from G/O Media. ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy.
buyer: Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity, LLC is a Chicago-based game design firm. Following a successful Kickstarter project, their first product, Cards Against Humanity, became the top-selling game on Amazon.com and has sold out three printings. "
target parent: Great Hill Partners LLC
target: ClickHole
ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy. It was launched on June 12, 2014, in conjunction with The Onion's decision to stop its print edition and shift its focus exclusively to the internet.
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closed 4/21/2016 via PR Newswire

Literally Media, acquired Cheezburger, Inc.

synopsis: Literally Media, a technology-driven publisher targeting Millennials and Generation Z audiences, has announced the acquistion of Cheezburger, one of the largest online humor publishers in the world.
buyer: Literally Media
Literally media manages a collection of highly successful humor and entertainment websites to create one of the world's largest content platforms for the Millennial and Generation Z audiences. Literally Media is part of a selected group of companies owned and backed by Jacob Nizri. "
target parent: Pet Holdings, Inc.
target: Cheezburger, Inc.
Cheezburger, the company which publishes popular sites such as I Can Has Cheezburger?, FAIL Blog, Memebase, and The Daily What, is one of the largest online humor publishers in the world where millions of people come every month to get their 5-minutes of happiness.
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closed 3/20/2013 via PR Web

Rebellion Media Group Inc, acquired KayfabeNews.com

synopsis: Rebellion Media continues the expansion of its network of sports and entertainment properties with the acquisition of KayfabeNews.com, a professional wrestling site with a comical twist. Kayfabe News is the world’s only satirical wrestling site, offering hilarious “unreal news about an unreal sport.”
buyer: Rebellion Media Group Inc
Rebellion Media is a leading digital media company. They create and acquire digital media properties within their targeted categories (health & wellness, technology, entertainment and sports) and power them with an innovative content, traffic and monetization platform. "
target: KayfabeNews.com
Kayfabe News is the world’s only satirical wrestling site, offering hilarious “unreal news about an unreal sport,” making it a perfect fit for the millions of readers who follow Rebellion Media’s portfolio of wrestling and mixed martial arts sites.
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announced 1/8/2020 via Bloomberg

CH Media, will acquire CH Media

synopsis: Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActive Corp. plans to sell CH Media, the parent of CollegeHumor and other digital brands, to the unit’s chief creative officer, Sam Reich. CH Media is comprised of the award-winning digital properties CollegeHumor, Dorkly, Drawfee, and the subscription service DROPOUT.
buyer: CH Media
Sam Reich is a longtime executive of CH Media and the unit's Chief Creative Officer. As a part of CollegeHumor since 2006, Sam Reich built the video team from scratch, earning the comedy brand 30M followers, a 50M+ weekly reach, 200M+ monthly video views, and 25+ Webby Awards. "
target parent: IAC
target: CH Media
CH Media is comprised of the award-winning digital properties CollegeHumor, Dorkly, Drawfee, and the subscription service DROPOUT. CH Media’s ad-supported properties are highly sought-after by brands who want to reach a younger, entertainment-loving audience.
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closed 3/28/2018 via Company Press Release

Vulture, acquired Splitsider

synopsis: New York Media, publisher of influential brands including New York Magazine, Vulture, and the Cut, announced that it has acquired Splitsider, the website about comedy and its creators, from the Awl Network. The addition of Splitsider will accelerate a major comedy push at Vulture.
buyer parent: New York Media Holdings, LLC
buyer: Vulture
Vulture, the culture and entertainment site from New York magazine, offers passionate fans smart, comprehensive coverage of movies, TV, music and much more. "
target parent: Awl Network
target: Splitsider
Splitsider is a website about comedy and the people who create it. It covers movies, TV shows, web videos, books and any other format that exists to make people laugh. Splitsider was founded by Adam Frucci and is run by Editor Megh Wright.
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closed 11/5/2008 via BusinessWire

National Lampoon, acquired BarackObamaJokes.com

synopsis: National Lampoon, Inc., the most widely recognized brand in comedy, announced it has acquired the website BarackObamaJokes.com for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is part of the company’s continuing strategy to increase the size and strength of its National Lampoon Humor Network, currently the most trafficked humor sites on the Internet.
buyer: National Lampoon (US:NLMP:$0.00)
National Lampoon is and has been one of the leading brands in comedy for the last 30 years. National Lampoon is active in a broad array of entertainment activities, including feature films, television programming, interactive entertainment, home video, comedy audio CDs and book publishing. "
target: BarackObamaJokes.com
BarackObamaJokes.com is an online blog, aggregating political jokes and videos, focusing on our next United States President along with the overall political climate.
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closed 9/23/2008 via BusinessWire

Pangea Media, acquired LaughNetwork

synopsis: Pangea Media , a leader in online quizzes and quiz technology, announced that it has acquired LaughNetwork , a network of Web sites focused on humor, quizzes and casual entertainment.
buyer: Pangea Media
Pangea Media is a casual entertainment and online advertising company that uses the power of quizzes to bring consumers and marketers together. Pangea operates a network of quiz sites including Quibblo.com, QuizRocket.com and MyCareerQuizzes. "
target: LaughNetwork
LaughNetwork is a network of Web sites focused on humor, quizzes and casual entertainment.
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closed 8/15/2006 via PR Newswire

IAC/InterActiveCorp, acquired Connected Ventures, LLC

synopsis: IAC/InterActiveCorp has acquired a 51% stake and full voting control of Connected Ventures, LLC, parent of leading comedy site CollegeHumor.com. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. CollegeHumor is the first site to join IAC Programming, launched earlier this year to buy and build branded online content properties.
buyer: IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC:$2,786.38)
IAC operates more than 35 leading and diversified Internet businesses across 40 countries... our mission is to harness the power of interactivity to make daily life easier and more productive for people all over the world. "
target: Connected Ventures, LLC
Connected Ventures, LLC operates online content and retail properties, including leading comedy site CollegeHumor.com. CollegeHumor delivers comedic content, including videos, pictures, articles and jokes to its core audience of college students and recent graduates.
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closed 5/25/2022 via PR Newswire

Sirius XM Holdings Inc., acquired Team Coco

synopsis: SiriusXM, the leading audio entertainment company in the U.S., announced the acquisition of Team Coco, including the critically-acclaimed hit podcast Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, and the Conan O'Brien-led podcast network and digital media business.
buyer: Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI:$8,824.00)
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. is the leading audio entertainment company in the U.S., and the premier programmer and platform for subscription- and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S."
target: Team Coco
Team Coco is the production and podcasting company behind the popular podcast Conan Needs a Friend. The Team Coco podcast network also includes acclaimed podcasts such as Nicole Byer's Why Won't You Date Me? and JB Smoove's May I Elaborate? They are located in Burbank, CA.
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closed 8/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Omnia Media, Inc., acquired Wisecrack

synopsis: Blue Ant Media subsidiary and leading gaming content company, Omnia Media, has acquired Wisecrack, the digital video and podcasting company behind such shows as “Thug Notes,” and “The Philosophy of Everything,” as well as the “Rick and Morty” podcast “The Squanch.”
buyer parent: Blue Ant Media
buyer: Omnia Media, Inc.
Omnia Media is a leading gaming content company with a global reach of over 50 million monthly visitors and nearly three billion views a month via digital and OTT platforms such as YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Amazon and Roku. "
target: Wisecrack
Wisecrack is the digital video and podcasting company behind such shows as “Thug Notes,” and “The Philosophy of Everything,” as well as the “Rick and Morty” podcast “The Squanch.”
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closed 7/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Project M Group, acquired The Hard Times

synopsis: Project M Group, a digital media and e-commerce company, has acquired The Hard Times, a satirical punk news website. The Hard Times is focused on punk, alt music, and millennial culture. The site features satirical articles on music, news and politics, activism, piercings and tattoos, weed, and more. They also offer opinions, videos, and podcasts.
buyer: Project M Group
Project M Group is a digital media and e-commerce company. Project M is focused on acquiring genre-specific media brands, refurbishing and relaunching those brands while diversifying revenue streams focused on advertising, e-commerce and events. "
target: The Hard Times
The Hard Times is a satirical punk news website. The Hard Times is focused on punk, alt music, and millennial culture. The site features satirical articles on music, news and politics, activism, piercings and tattoos, weed, and more. They also offer opinions, videos, and podcasts.
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closed 4/5/2022 via GlobeNewswire

Ranker, acquired Listverse

synopsis: Ranker, a digital media company, has acquired Listverse, the original top 10 site. Listverse serves over eighteen million pages a month to more than eight million readers. They are focused on lists that intrigue and educate, specializing in the bizarre or lesser- known trivia.
buyer: Ranker
Ranker is a digital media company located in Los Angeles. The site features polls on entertainment, brands, sports, food and culture. Ranker claims to be one of the largest databases of opinions with more than 1 billion votes gathered on over millions of subjective voters. "
target: Listverse
Listverse, the original top 10 site, serves over eighteen million pages a month to more than eight million readers. They are focused on lists that intrigue and educate, specializing in the bizarre or lesser- known trivia.
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closed 11/17/2020 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Collider

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired Collider.com, a popular entertainment website that specializes in bringing its readers the best coverage of movies, television, video games, and more. It is also the one-stop shop for exclusive interviews, scoops on the biggest films, and daily coverage of the day's hottest entertainment stories.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet is a leading multi-vertical digital media publisher and owner of a variety of premium digital publications, including movie news authority ScreenRant.com, pop culture site CBR.com and video game news site GameRant.com. "
target: Collider
Collider is a popular entertainment website that specializes in bringing its readers the best coverage of movies, television, video games, and more. It is also the one-stop shop for exclusive interviews, scoops on the biggest films, and daily coverage of the day's hottest entertainment stories.
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announced 4/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Polsat Media, will acquire Interia Group

synopsis: Telewizja Polsat sp. z o.o. entered into a preliminary agreement with Bauer Media for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Grupa Interia.pl sp. z o.o. The Interia.pl Group is a leading player on the new generation Polish media market. Every month, almost 19 million people use access to the latest information, trivia and entertainment.
buyer parent: Pola Investments Ltd.
buyer: Polsat Media
Telewizja Polsat is the first independent and the leading TV station in Poland that is part of the Cyfrowy Polsat media group. The program offer is built mainly on the basis of own TV series combined with a rich portfolio of feature films, foreign series and world-class entertainment. "
target parent: Bauer Media Group
target: Interia Group
The Interia.pl Group is a leading player on the new generation Polish media market. Every month, almost 19 million people use access to the latest information, trivia and entertainment, as well as the best way to communicate with the world.
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$102
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announced 5/30/2018 via BNC Analysis

The E&M Co., Ltd., will acquire Chic News Co., Ltd.

synopsis: The E&M Co., Ltd., an entertainment and media company in Korea, will acquire Chic News Co., Ltd., a Korean news website. Chic News provides news articles that cover the topics of fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Their entertainment articles cover TV shows, movies, bands, and celebrities.
buyer: The E&M Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ:A089230:$13.58)
The E&M Co., Ltd. is an entertainment and media company in Korea. The company operates two live streaming platforms in Korea, POPKON TV and CELUV TV. POPKON TV is designed for consumer use while CELUV TV is a platform that allows famous celebrities to interact and communicate with viewers. "
target: Chic News Co., Ltd.
Founded in 2012, Chic News Co., Ltd. is a Korean news website. Chic News provides news articles that cover the topics of fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Their entertainment articles cover TV shows, movies, bands, and celebrities.
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$3.24
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announced 3/28/2018 via BNC Analysis

Oath Inc., will acquire Yahoo!7 Pty Ltd.

synopsis: Seven West Media (SWM) has announced that Oath Inc. is to take full control of Yahoo7 by acquiring SWM’s 50 percent stake in the business. Yahoo7 is a premium media and publishing company which reaches nearly half of the Australian population every month.
buyer parent: Verizon Communications
buyer: Oath Inc.
Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, is a values-led company committed to building brands people love. They reach one billion people around the world with a dynamic house of media and technology brands. Oath brands include Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost, Engadget, TechCrunch, Tumblr, MAKERS and the Build Series. "
target parent: Seven West Media Limited
target: Yahoo!7 Pty Ltd.
Yahoo7 is a premium media and publishing company in the ANZ market, which reaches nearly half of the Australian population every month. Yahoo7 aims to bring all the best articles in news, entertainment and lifestyle in the one place.
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closed 12/7/2017 via BNC Analysis

Webedia SAS, acquired Creators Media

synopsis: Paris-based publishing group Webedia has acquired majority control of Creators Media, the L.A.-based company that runs entertainment fan site Movie Pilot and video channel Super News covering nerd culture.
buyer parent: Fimalac SA
buyer: Webedia SAS
Webedia, a subsidiary of Fimalac, is a company specializing in online media. It is headquartered in Levallois-Perret, France. The company claims to be the number one French media group in online entertainment with an audience of 28 million unique visitors per month. "
target: Creators Media
Creators Media is the L.A.-based company that runs entertainment fan site Movie Pilot and video channel Super News covering nerd culture. Creators Media is the first fan-centric media company, empowering users to create content around the fandoms they love and are passionate about.
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announced 11/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Ziff Davis, Inc., will acquire Mashable

synopsis: Ziff Davis, a leading global digital-media company operating in the technology, gaming, entertainment and lifestyle verticals, is to acquire Mashable, a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe.
buyer parent: j2 Global, Inc.
buyer: Ziff Davis, Inc.
Ziff Davis, a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc., is a leading global digital-media company operating in the technology, gaming, entertainment and lifestyle verticals. "
target: Mashable
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe.
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closed 4/4/2016 via Market Wire

Fitness Gurls Magazine, acquired Hollywood Tuna

synopsis: FG Fitness & Media Group along with its flagship publication Fitness Gurls Magazine, and all of its ancillary products is continuing its aggressive expansion and growth with the acquisition of Hollywood Tuna a network of gossip sites and relationships that is ranked as one of the top 50,000 sites in the world for its traffic.
buyer parent: FG Fitness & Media Group, Inc.
buyer: Fitness Gurls Magazine
Fitness Gurls Magazine covers health, fitness, nutrition, exercise routines and showcases some of the most beautiful women in the world of sport, fitness and entertainment. "
target: Hollywood Tuna
Hollywood Tuna is a network of gossip sites and relationships that is ranked as one of the top 50,000 sites in the world for its traffic.
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closed 12/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

migme, acquired Hipwee

synopsis: Migme announced the acquisition of Indonesian social news site Hipwee. Hipwee delivers original and community-generated content focused on entertainment, relationships, and travel. It targets Indonesian urbanites.
buyer: migme (ASX:MIG:$16.11)
migme is a global digital media company focused on emerging markets. The company delivers social entertainment services through our portfolio brands migme, LoveByte, alivenotdead and Sold. "
target: Hipwee
Hipwee is an Indonesian social news site. Hipwee.com focuses on creating high quality content on topics most interesting for 18-34 year old urban and educated Indonesians, such as personal growth, lifestyle tips, relationships, opinions etc.
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closed 2/5/2020 via BNC Analysis

Cards Against Humanity, acquired ClickHole

synopsis: Cards Against Humanity,  the company behind the card game of the same name, has acquired the satirical site ClickHole from G/O Media. ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy.
buyer: Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity, LLC is a Chicago-based game design firm. Following a successful Kickstarter project, their first product, Cards Against Humanity, became the top-selling game on Amazon.com and has sold out three printings. "
target parent: Great Hill Partners LLC
target: ClickHole
ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy. It was launched on June 12, 2014, in conjunction with The Onion's decision to stop its print edition and shift its focus exclusively to the internet.
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closed 2/5/2020 via BNC Analysis

Cards Against Humanity, acquired ClickHole

synopsis: Cards Against Humanity,  the company behind the card game of the same name, has acquired the satirical site ClickHole from G/O Media. ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy.
buyer: Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity, LLC is a Chicago-based game design firm. Following a successful Kickstarter project, their first product, Cards Against Humanity, became the top-selling game on Amazon.com and has sold out three printings. "
target parent: Great Hill Partners LLC
target: ClickHole
ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy. It was launched on June 12, 2014, in conjunction with The Onion's decision to stop its print edition and shift its focus exclusively to the internet.
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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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announced 1/14/2017 via BNC Analysis

Brooklyn Indie Games will be merged with Galileo Games,

synopsis: Brooklyn Indie Games, a boutique tabletop role-playing, board, and card game publisher, is merging with Galileo Games, publisher of fiction and tabletop role-playing games. Brooklyn Indie Games has created and published Ghost Pirates, Backstory Cards, Omega Zone, and Heartcatchers.
buyer: Galileo Games
Galileo Games is a publisher of innovative role-playing games and fiction. Galileo was founded in 1996 by Brennan Taylor to publish his fantasy role-playing game The Legend of Yore. "
target: Brooklyn Indie Games
Brooklyn Indie Games is a small game publisher and professional services provider in Brooklyn that brings independent designers and artists together to create great games.
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closed 9/2/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Enthusiast Gaming Inc., acquired GameKnot LLC

synopsis: Canada-based Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc., a media and content platform for video game and esports fans to connect and engage, has acquired GameKnot LLC, a news, strategy, and community site for casual and competitive chess players that offers multiple forms of competition via chess tournaments, leagues, and ladders.
buyer: Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (TSXV:EGLX:$120.27)
Based in Canada, Enthusiast Gaming is building the largest media and content platform for video game and esports fans to connect and engage worldwide. Enthusiast Gaming provides a unique opportunity and integrated approach to reach and connect with its coveted GenZ and Millennial audience. "
target: GameKnot LLC
GameKnot is a news, strategy, and community site for casual and competitive chess players, offering multiple forms of competition via chess tournaments, leagues, and ladders. With free and premium subscription offerings, the site also provides resources including lessons and puzzles.
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closed 5/25/2018 via PR Newswire

University Games, acquired The Haywire Group

synopsis: University Games, a San Francisco-based game and puzzle company, announced the acquisition of The Haywire Group, the award-winning manufacturer of dozens of games including Flickin' Chicken and Pizza Party dice game.
buyer: University Games
University Games was founded by Cris Lehman and Bob Moog on April 1, 1985. The company is active in more than 60 countries developing, marketing and distributing board games, puzzles, STEAM products and pre-school activities. "
target: The Haywire Group
Haywire was founded in 2005 by Barbara and Michael Fisher. The Company specializes in learning games starting with the award winning Dicecapades. Currently the company markets games to children and families. Top sellers include Flickin' Chicken®, Pizza Party®, Kerfuffle® and Shaboom®.
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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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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 6/8/2012 via BNC Analysis

Frog God Games LLC, acquired Necromancer Games

synopsis: Frog God Games, the makers of roleplaying games and books, announced that they are acquiring Necromancer Games, the award-winning publishing house known for Necropolis, Rappan Athuk, City of Brass, Tomb of Abysthor, Crucible of Freya, Tome of Horrors, and many other famous titles.
buyer: Frog God Games LLC
Founded in April 2010, Frog God Games publishes resources for the tabletop roleplaying games Pathfinder Roleplaying Games and Swords & Wizardry. Its products are known for their grand adventure settings and high quality production values. "
target: Necromancer Games
Necromancer Games is the award-winning publishing house known for Necropolis, Rappan Athuk, City of Brass, Tomb of Abysthor, Crucible of Freya, Tome of Horrors, and many other famous titles.
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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
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closed 1/22/2007 via BNC Analysis

Entertainment Rights plc, acquired Where's Wally

synopsis: Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER") the UK's leading global media group specialising in the ownership of children's and family programming, characters and brands announces today the acquisition of worldwide publishing phenomenon, Where's Wally?
buyer: Entertainment Rights plc
Entertainment Rights Plc is one of the UK's leading specialist media companies. Together with its US-based wholly owned subsidiary Classic Media Holdings, Inc., the Group is a leading global force in children's and family content. "
target: Where's Wally
First published in 1987, Where's Wally? is one of the most recognisable children's characters in the world. Where's Wally? has strong heritage around the world and is most popular in key territories including Europe, Japan and the US where he is known as Where's Waldo?
price ($mm)
$4.94
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closed 6/21/2017 via PR Newswire

Enthusiast Gaming Inc., acquired Destructoid

synopsis: Enthusiast Gaming Inc., the fastest growing online community of video gamers, is excited to announce that it has acquired Destructoid.com, a leading online authority for over 10 years as the alternative to mainstream gaming news sites and a sought-after destination for gamers to blog about their favorite video games.
buyer: Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (TSXV:EGLX:$120.27)
Enthusiast Gaming is the fastest growing online community of video gamers. Together with its owned digital properties and live events, it reaches over 50 million gamers monthly across 50 websites worldwide. "
target: Destructoid
Based in San Francisco, Destructoid has been a leading online authority for over 10 years as the alternative to mainstream gaming news sites and a sought-after destination for gamers to blog about their favorite video games. They consistently attract 5 million monthly visitors.
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closed 3/31/2017 via BNC Analysis

Resero Network, acquired VideoGamer.com

synopsis: Resero Network, the firm behind Xbox Achievements and PlayStation Trophies, announced the acquisition of VideoGamer.com, a London-based website focused on video game news, reviews, previews and videos. The website was formerly owned by Candy Banana.
buyer: Resero Network
Resero Network, the firm behind Xbox Achievements and PlayStation Trophies, is a network that offers video game reviews, trailers and interviews. They are based in London, England. "
target parent: Candy Banana
target: VideoGamer.com
VideoGamer.com is a London-based website focused on video game news, reviews, previews and videos. They offer the best in video and written video game coverage on the internet, specializing on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.
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closed 4/27/2016 via Company Press Release

8Kdata, acquired Otogami

synopsis: 8KData, a R&D (Research and Development) company focused on developing new services and innovative solutions in the database space, has acquired Otogami. With the largest online catalog of video games, Otogami helps users find them at the best prices. Otogami is based in Madrid, Spain.
buyer: 8Kdata
8Kdata is a R&D (Research and Development) company focused on developing new services and innovative solutions in the database space. Their product, ToroDB, is an open source NoSQL database that runs on top of a RDBMS (relational database management system). "
target: Otogami
With the largest online catalog of video games, Otogami helps users find them at the best prices. Otogami is based in Madrid, Spain.
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closed 9/12/2013 via Company Press Release

Tech in Asia, acquired GameSaku

synopsis: Tech in Asia, one of the largest English-language tech and startup media companies in Asia, announced that it has acquired GameSaku, which operates as an online technology blog and news website about mobile games. The company is based in Indonesia.
buyer: Tech in Asia
Tech in Asia is a digital media blog based in Singapore. Tech in Asia is also known for its Startup Asia conferences, which are held in Singapore and Jakarta. They also hosts frequent Meetups in cities across Asia where entrepreneurs can connect and learn from industry leaders. "
target parent: App Foundry Pte Ltd.
target: GameSaku
GameSaku operates as an online technology blog and news website about mobile games. The company is based in Indonesia.
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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 11/14/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Enthusiast Gaming Inc., acquired Operation Sports

synopsis: Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc., a digital media company building the largest community of authentic gamers, has acquired the assets of Operation Sports LLC, one of the largest online sports video gaming news and community forums.
buyer: Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (TSXV:EGLX:$120.27)
Founded in 2014, Enthusiast is the fastest-growing online community of video gamers. Through the Company’s unique acquisition strategy, it has a platform of over 70 owned and affiliated websites and currently reaches over 75 million monthly visitors with its unique and curated content. "
target: Operation Sports
Since its inception in 1998, Operation Sports has grown from a small community driven news site into an industry leading destination for sports video gaming enthusiasts to connect online.
price ($mm)
$0.35
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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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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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