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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Radish

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment will acquire storytelling platform based Radish Media, Inc. (hereafter Radish). Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Radish
Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series. Its wide variety of stories are published and read in bite-sized installments, optimized for the smartphone reader.
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closed 3/29/2017 via Company Press Release

Hachette UK, acquired Bookouture

synopsis: Hachette UK, the second largest publisher in the UK, has acquired Bookouture, a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette UK
Hachette UK is a leading UK trade publishing group. The group is made up of several publishing companies and imprints including Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Quercus Books, Orion Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group, Hachette Children's Books, and more. "
target: Bookouture
Bookouture is a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Canelo, acquired Frisch & Co.

synopsis: Canelo has acquired Berlin-based translated fiction publisher Frisch & Co. Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.
buyer: Canelo
Canelo is a digital publisher, dedicated to finding the most exciting fiction and non-fiction for release as ebooks, apps and on the web. "
target: Frisch & Co.
Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based ebook company that focuses on publishing contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Frisch & Co. seeks to bring innovative and original writing into English for a worldwide audience.
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closed 11/13/2014 via BNC Analysis

Vook, Inc., acquired Coliloquy, LLC

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is pleased to announce it is acquiring the publishing arm of Coliloquy, a Palo Alto-based digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps. They pioneered the creation of interactive, reader-driven narratives on the Kindle E Ink platform, eventually publishing over 30 titles across all ebook and mobile platforms.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook, Inc. operates as a publisher of ebooks. It also offers service for distributing the ebooks globally. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in New York, New York. "
target: Coliloquy, LLC
Coliloquy is a digital publisher of active fiction, specializing in reader engagement and serial storytelling. They leverage advances in technology to create groundbreaking new forms of digital fiction.
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closed 11/4/2020 via Company Press Release

Real World Co., Ltd, acquired Manga Tairiku

synopsis: Real World Co., Ltd. has taken over Manga Tairiku, which is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
buyer: Real World Co., Ltd (TSE:3691:$6.82)
Based in Japan, Real World Co., Ltd. provides crowd-sourcing services that allows people to work without restrictions on time, place, age, gender, and experience. The company also operates point services and point exchange services to cash or electronic money. "
target: Manga Tairiku
Manga Tairiku business is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
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closed 3/2/2018 via PR Web

She Writes Press, acquired Shebooks

synopsis: She Writes Press, an independent publishing company, has acquired Shebooks, a publisher of short e-books written by women, for women. Shebooks offers a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction, and journalism tailored to women. All of their e-books are easy read and can be downloaded on any digital device.
buyer parent: SparkPoint Studio
buyer: She Writes Press
She Writes Press is an independent publishing company. The company serves members of SheWrites.com, the largest global community of women writers online. She Writes Press serves writers who wish to maintain greater ownership and control of their projects while still getting quality editorial help. "
target: Shebooks
Founded in 2013, Shebooks is a publisher of short e-books written by women, for women. They offer a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction, and journalism tailored to women. All of their e-books are easy read and can be downloaded on any digital device.
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announced 9/11/2014 via PR Newswire

Vook, Inc., will acquire Byliner

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is acquiring Byliner, the pre-eminent boutique publisher of the world's best short fiction and non-fiction. Vook's proprietary publishing and data-driven marketing platform powers the publishing programs of the world's leading media companies and brands. Byliner is joining Vook as its first in-house imprint.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Brad Inman with the vision of lighting up the world’s content in the post PC world. Vook has created an innovative technology platform that produces rich media experiences for the tablet market. "
target: Byliner
Byliner, named “one of the 10 Most Innovative Media Companies in the World”, is a subscription reading service and publisher of award-winning fiction and nonfiction e-shorts, digital books written to be read in two hours or less. It was founded in spring 2011 and is headquartered in San Francisco.
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announced 6/3/2013 via

Townsquare Media Group, will purchase Music and Comic Book Sites from AOL Inc.

synopsis: Townsquare Media Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire AOL Music assets The Boot, The BoomBox and NoiseCreep, as well as ComicsAlliance from AOL Inc. The new digital properties will join Townsquare Media Group’s national digital business and the staffs of these sites are joining Townsquare.
buyer: Townsquare Media Group (NYSE:TSQ:$507.43)
Townsquare Media Group is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates radio, digital and live event properties. The Company specializes in creating and distributing original entertainment, music and lifestyle content. "
seller: AOL Inc. (AOL:$2,569.00)
The AOL Music assets include: country and bluegrass site "The Boot"; rap, hip-hop and R&B site "The BoomBox"; and hard rock and heavy metal site "NoiseCreep", as well as comic books site "ComicsAlliance".
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closed 4/4/2016 via PR Newswire

Valnet Inc., acquired Comic Book Resources (CBR)

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired ComicBookResources.com, a popular and unique media outlet for comic book related news, reviews and discussion. Comic Book Resources (CBR) began as a forum providing a platform for comic enthusiasts to share and discuss the latest news and trends in the comic book industry.
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: Comic Book Resources (CBR)
Comic Book Resources began as a forum providing a platform for comic enthusiasts to share and discuss news and trends in the comic book industry. It grew to become the most reliable and reputable resource for all comic book-related news and commentary through informative and entertaining content.
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closed 10/8/2007 via PR Newswire

Imaginova Corp., acquired Newsarama.com

synopsis: Imaginova Corp., a leading digital media and commerce company that reaches a large intellectually curious audience, today announced the acquisition of Newsarama.com, the media property of record for the global comic book community.
buyer: Imaginova Corp.
Imaginova, a leading digital media and commerce company, is the preeminent online destination for the Intellectually Curious. The Imaginova Network of media properties delivers engaging and entertaining editorial and multimedia content to a robust community of curious and well-informed users. "
target: Newsarama.com
Newsarama.com is the most reputable and popular publication of any kind covering the comic book industry and one of the most successful genre entertainment websites on the Internet.
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closed 6/27/2007 via BusinessWire

Shutterfly, Inc., acquired Make it About Me!

synopsis: Shutterfly, Inc. a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, today announced the acquisition of Make it About Me!, a publishing company that produces customized children’s books including My Adventure on Sesame Street and My Amazing Alphabet Adventures.
buyer: Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY:$2,086.78)
Shutterfly, Inc. provides Internet-based social expression and personal publishing services that enable consumers to share, print, and preserve photos. The company offers products and services for consumers to upload, edit, organize, find, share, create, print, and preserve their digital photos. "
target: Make it About Me!
Make it About Me! is a publishing company that produces customized children’s books including My Adventure on Sesame Street and My Amazing Alphabet Adventures. These new adventure books enable children to “star” in their own stories by integrating the child’s picture into the book’s illustrations.
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closed 7/1/2016 via PR Web

Bookstr, acquired The Reading Room

synopsis: The Reading Room business, including its website and Bookstr platform, has been sold to a new entity and rebranded as Bookstr. The Reading Room, which boasts almost 2 million members, and more than 2.5 million organic social media followers will continue as a web discovery site under the Bookstr brand.
buyer: Bookstr
Bookstr is dedicated to the discovery of new books and authors through social behavior online. Based in New York City, Bookstr is at the forefront of engagement and discovery with an emphasis on mobile while encouraging customer engagement across platforms. "
target: The Reading Room
The Reading Room connects books with people. They make discovering books entertaining, informative and socially engaging. Focused on being the best book discovery and recommendation destination, The Reading Room helps members discover great books with the latest news, curated lists and trends.
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announced 3/28/2013 via BusinessWire

Amazon.com, Inc., will acquire Goodreads Inc

synopsis: Amazon.com, Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love. Goodreads has more than 16 million members and there are more than 30,000 book clubs on the Goodreads site.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$419,130.00)
Amazon.com, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target: Goodreads Inc
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Founded in 2007, Goodreads is where readers find and share books they love. The site has 16 million members who have added more than 530 million books to their shelves and written more than 23 million reviews.
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closed 11/7/2005 via PR Newswire

Abebooks.com, acquired BookFinder.com

synopsis: Abebooks.com, the world's largest online marketplace for new and used books, has acquired BookFinder.com - the leading price comparison shopping service dedicated to books. The acquisition unites two pioneering independent forces in Internet bookselling. Both companies are privately owned and profitable.
buyer: Abebooks.com
Abebooks.com is the world's largest online marketplace for books, with over 70 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 13,000 independent booksellers from around the world. "
target: BookFinder.com
BookFinder.com is the open marketplace for books online—a one stop ecommerce search engine where you can search through over 80 million new, used, rare, and out of print books for sale.
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closed 6/2/2021 via BNC Analysis

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Head of Zeus

synopsis: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, a global independent publisher, has acquired Head of Zeus Limited (HoZ), an independent publishing house in the UK. HoZ publishes genre fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books. Their authors write biographies, crime novels, romances, popular science, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, and more.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$261.90)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school, and higher education markets. Its Academic division publishes around 1,800 titles per year, specializing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. "
target: Head of Zeus
Head of Zeus (HoZ) is an independent publishing house in the UK. HoZ publishes genre fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books. Their authors write biographies, crime novels, romances, popular science, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, cook books, and more.
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$11
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closed 1/31/2021 via BNC Analysis

Turner Publishing Company, acquired Prospect Park Books LLC

synopsis: Turner Publishing Company announced its acquisition of Prospect Park Books of Altadena, California. Prospect Park Books is a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles. The acquisition comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published.
buyer: Turner Publishing Company
Founded in 1985, Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning independent publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee, that currently publishes more than 5,000 titles. It has been named five times to Publishers Weekly's Fastest Growing Publishers List. "
target: Prospect Park Books LLC
Prospect Park Books is a California native, publishing beautiful print and digital books with wit, creativity, and intelligence. They're a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles.
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closed 10/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Vesuvian Media Group, acquired Black Spot Books

synopsis: Vesuvian Media Group, a Los Angeles–based books-to-film multimedia company, has acquired Black Spot Books, a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction that has released about 12 titles of speculative fiction with another dozen in the publishing pipeline.
buyer: Vesuvian Media Group
Vesuvian Media Group is a books-to-film multimedia corporation dedicated to creating quality entertainment across literary and visual arts. Through the divisions of Vesuvian Books and Vesuvian Entertainment, VMG provides Hollywood unparalleled access to high quality content and talent. "
target: Black Spot Books
Black Spot Books is a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction. They aim to release books monthly and their books include Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker and And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva.
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closed 9/4/2019 via BNC Analysis

Iron Stream Media, acquired Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas LLC

synopsis: Iron Stream Media, a Christian publisher, has acquired Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC Books), a traditional, royalty-paying publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles. LPC Books works with Christian Devotions Ministries to produce truth-filled books. Their books range from romance and suspense to westerns and Christian nonfiction.
buyer: Iron Stream Media
Iron Stream Media is a Christian publisher. The company provides a variety of solutions for churches, missionaries, and nonprofits that include Bible study curriculum, Christian book publishing, and more. Their brands include New Hope Publishers, Iron Stream Books, Ascender Books, and New Hope Kidz."
target: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas LLC
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC Books) is a traditional, royalty-paying publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles. LPC Books works with Christian Devotions Ministries to produce truth-filled books. Their books range from romance and suspense to westerns and Christian nonfiction.
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closed 3/20/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Rowman & Littlefield, acquired McBooks Press

synopsis: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group has acquired McBooks Press of Ithaca, N.Y. McBooks’ extensive list of publications features genres of historical fiction, particularly naval and military fiction, nonfiction, healthy living and sports.
buyer: Rowman & Littlefield
Rowman & Littlefield is a leading independent publisher. They focus on academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, and educational publishing. In addition to print publishing they also specialize in creating e-book editions. "
target: McBooks Press
McBooks Press has been publishing books independently for over 30 years. McBooks’ extensive list of publications features genres of historical fiction, particularly naval and military fiction, nonfiction, healthy living and sports. Most of their titles are also available as e-books.
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
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announced 7/31/2020 via BNC Analysis

LINE Man Corporation Pte. Ltd., will acquire Wongnai Media Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Delivery app Line Man says it will merge with Wongnai, a restaurant review platform. Wongnai has more than 10 million users each month and holds the largest restaurant database in Thailand, with over 400,000 restaurants nationwide.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Man Corporation Pte. Ltd.
Line Man, which has operated in the Thai market since 2016 under Line Thailand, offers six services: delivery of food, groceries, convenience store items and parcels, plus messenger and taxi hailing services. "
target: Wongnai Media Co., Ltd.
Wongnai is a restaurant review platform. Wongnai has more than 10 million users each month and holds the largest restaurant database in Thailand, with over 400,000 restaurants nationwide.
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closed 12/22/2018 via BNC Analysis

LINE Corporation, acquired Sellsuki

synopsis: LINE, a free calling and messaging app based in Japan, has acquired Sellsuki, a Southeast Asian e-commerce platform for billing, collecting, and managing orders on the social web. Sellsuki's platform is used to collect payments and manage orders for businesses that want to sell through social media platforms such as Facebook.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target: Sellsuki
Sellsuki is a Southeast Asian e-commerce platform for billing, collecting, and managing orders on the social web. Sellsuki's platform is used to collect payments and manage orders for businesses that want to sell through social media platforms such as Facebook.
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closed 12/12/2018 via Company Press Release

LINE Plus Corporation, acquired GrayHash

synopsis: LINE Plus Corporation, a subsidiary of LINE Corporation, has acquired GrayHash, an offensive research-oriented corporation and has the philosophy of knowing the attack technology to defend it. GrayHash has a history of experience in the field of security, running international hacking contests, and international conferences.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Plus Corporation
LINE Plus Corporation was established in 2013 in Korea to expand LINE's global market. In order to meet more users from all over the world, global work is being carried out in the areas of technology, design, marketing / sales, public relations, and alliances. "
target: GrayHash
Based in South Korea, GrayHash is an offensive research-oriented corporation and has the philosophy of knowing the attack technology to defend it. GrayHash has a history of experience in the field of security, running international hacking contests, and international conferences.
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Snow Corporation, acquired HeartIt

synopsis: Snow, a developer and operator of video camera and camera applications, has acquired the entire stake of shopping platform startup Heart It. Heart It is a fashion media e-commerce company that uses influencers from Instagram to promote clothing brands.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: Snow Corporation
Based in Korea, Snow Corporation is the developer and operator of the video camera and camera applications SNOW, B612, Foodie, LOOKS, and LINE Camera. SNOW, B612, LOOKS, and LINE Camera are apps used to take and edit photos of people and Foodie is an app made for taking and editing photos of food. "
target: HeartIt
Based in Korea, Heart It is a fashion media e-commerce company. Heart It provides information about influencer's fashion items or pictures taken on Instagram. On their web or app platform, users can find what products influencers use and also links them to sellers' websites to assist purchasing.
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announced 12/4/2017 via Company Press Release

LINE Corporation, will acquire FIVE Inc.

synopsis: LINE Corporation, a company based in Japan that develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones, is to acquire FIVE Inc., a developer, seller, and operator of a video ad platform for smartphones.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target: FIVE Inc.
Five Inc. operates an advertising and videoplatform for smartphones. In 2014, FIVE launched its pioneering video ad distribution platform in Japan and has introduced such services as “Video Network by FIVE” (for performance-based ads) and “*Moments by FIVE” (specialized for brand ads).
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closed 7/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

LINE Corporation, acquired DGM59 Co., ltd.

synopsis: LINE Corporation, the owner and operator of LINE, a free calling and messaging app for smartphones, has acquired DGM59 Co., ltd. DGM59 developed a social customer relationship management approach for Line's official accounts, complementing Line's services and products.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target: DGM59 Co., ltd.
DGM59 designs and develops software that provides innovative new ways for brands and customers to connect and interact. DGM59's products have helped clients optimize their business processes and allowed them to do more while using less of their resources.
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LINE Corporation, acquired NextFloor

synopsis: LINE Corporation, the owner and operator of LINE, a free calling and messaging app for smartphones, has acquired a 51% stake in NextFloor, a leading Korean developer of mobile games. NextFloor are best known for their Dragon Flight and Destiny Child RPG games. Their portfolio of games also include Crystal Hearts, Knights of Clan, and more.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target: NextFloor
NextFloor is a leading Korean developer of mobile games. They are best known for their Dragon Flight and Destiny Child RPG games. Their portfolio of games also include Crystal Hearts, Friends Run, Knights of Clan, Elbrisa, Spirit Catcher, and World of Tactics.
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LINE Corporation, acquired Kiwiple

synopsis: LINE Corporation, a company based in Japan that develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones, has acquired Kiwiple, a mobile and web app service provider that specializes in mobile app development, location-based services, and social network services.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target: Kiwiple
Kiwiple, a mobile and web app service provider, specializes in mobile app development, location-based services, and social network services. The company is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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announced 6/26/2017 via BusinessWire

NAVER Labs, will acquire Xerox Research Centre Europe

synopsis: NAVER Corporation is to acquire Xerox Research Centre Europe from Xerox. The Xerox Research Centre Europe focuses its research in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing and ethnography. They will be integrated into NAVER Labs.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: NAVER Labs
NAVER LABS is an ambient intelligence company that develops future technologies including autonomous driving, robotics and artificial intelligence. "
target parent: Xerox Corporation
target: Xerox Research Centre Europe
Founded in 1993, the Xerox Research Centre Europe is located just outside Grenoble, often dubbed the Silicon Valley of Europe. The centre has focused its research in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing and ethnography.
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closed 2/11/2015 via BNC Analysis

WhosCall, acquired StudioKUMA

synopsis: Gogolook, a subsidiary of Korean Internet giant Naver, announced that it has acquired Hong Kong startup StudioKUMA, an app that filters out marketing calls and suspicious numbers. They also offer mobile applications for travel, as well as video games on the PC.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: WhosCall
Whoscall is a caller ID and number management mobile application developed by Taiwan-based developer Gogolook. The app identifies incoming call as the call comes in allowing users to identify important business calls and filter out unwanted callers. "
target: StudioKUMA
Based in Hong Kong, StudioKUMA develops and offers an application to block junk calls. They also offer mobile applications for travel, as well as video games on the PC.
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announced 2/10/2015 via Company Press Release

LINE Corporation, will acquire WebPay Holdings

synopsis: LINE Corporation, owner and operator of the free call and messaging app LINE, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WebPay Holdings. The company offers the “WebPay” credit card payment platform for developers who work with e-commerce sites, online services or mobile applications.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target: WebPay Holdings
WebPay Holdings offers the “WebPay” credit card payment platform for developers who work with e-commerce sites, online services or mobile applications. It offers easy to integrate API, short review period, secure payment system that does not process, transfer and store card data at member stores.
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announced 12/24/2014 via BNC Analysis

LINE Corporation, will acquire MixRadio

synopsis: LINE Corp, the Japanese company behind the messaging app of the same name, announced it is acquiring Microsoft’s MixRadio, a free music streaming service that allows users to create a personal radio station.
buyer parent: Naver Corporation
buyer: LINE Corporation (TSE:3938:$1,800.11)
LINE Corporation is based in Japan and develops and operates the LINE app for smartphones. "LINE" is a smartphone app which allows users to enjoy free calls and messaging with other LINE users, both nationally and internationally, regardless of which mobile network provider they are using. "
target parent: Microsoft Corporation
target: MixRadio
MixRadio is an on-demand music streaming subscription service. MixRadio allows free streaming of playlists without any subscriptions or ads available in 31 countries, including the US, Brazil, India and China. It has a catalogue of over 30 million songs.
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closed 12/9/2013 via Yahoo, Inc.

Naver, acquired WhosCall

synopsis: Korean web giant Naver has acquired Gogolook, the Taiwan-based startup behind Whoscall, a popular app in East Asia that identifies the origins of unknown callers.
buyer: Naver (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
NAVER Corporation is Korea’s premier Internet company, operating the nation’s top search portal “Naver”, Korea’s first online children’s portal “Jr. Naver”, and the nation’s first online donation portal “Happybean”. "
target: WhosCall
WhosCall is a call filtering app for iPhone and Android developed by Gogolook Co.
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announced 11/6/2013 via Reuters

Naver Corporation, will acquire CampMobile Corp.

synopsis: NAVER Corp., Korea’s premier Internet company, that operates the nation’s top search portal “Naver”, announced that it has decided to acquire 8 million shares of Camp Mobile, the mobile-specific software company, which runs ‘LINE BAND’ and ‘Dodol Launcher’.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: CampMobile Corp.
Camp Mobile is the mobile-specific software company, which runs ‘LINE BAND’ and ‘Dodol Launcher’. ‘LINE BAND’ is a private social community for managing real-life relationship as a group, From classmates, co-workers, alumni, members of a hobby group to families, couples, and close buddies.
price ($mm)
$38*
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closed 7/24/2013 via BNC Analysis

NHN Corporation, acquired DancingAnchovy Entertainment, Inc.

synopsis: NHN Corporation has acquired a 50.1 percent stake in DancingAnchovy Entertainment, the private Korean mobile phone game developer, according to a stock exchange statement.
buyer: NHN Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
NHN Corporation provides Internet search portal and gaming services in South Korea, Japan, and China. Its products include Naver, an Internet search portal that provides community services, including blogs and cafes, and Hangame, an online game portal. "
target: DancingAnchovy Entertainment, Inc.
DancingAnchovy is a global game developer and publisher that got started when like-minded game designers and programmers decided to make games fun again.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$6
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/5/2012 via BusinessWire

Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc., acquired ijji Games, LLC

synopsis: Aeria Games, a leading destination for free-to-play online multiplayer games, has acquired ijji Games LLC, a popular free-to-play online gaming portal, from NHN Corporation as part of a strategic agreement that gives Aeria Games the first right with preferential treatment to publish NHN online games worldwide outside of Asia.
buyer parent: Aeria Inc.
buyer: Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc.
With a rapidly growing community of over 35 million core players and a deep portfolio of development partners, Aeria Games & Entertainment is a leading destination for free-to-play online multiplayer games. "
target parent: NHN Corporation
target: ijji Games, LLC
ijji Games, LLC is a free multiplayer game portal website operated by the Irvine-based internet company NHN USA. Games hosted at ijji range from traditional shooters and MMORPGs to more accessible casual games.
price ($mm)
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
price ($mm)
$600
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closed 5/19/2021 via BNC Analysis

Way2Bit, acquired Studio 8

synopsis: Way2Bit, a blockchain technology company in South Korea, has acquired a 68.92% stake in Studio 8, a South Korean video game development studio. Studio 8 specializes in developing online games. The studio is best know for developing Astellia and Astellia Royal, fantasy MMORPG games that focus on strategic battles and action with TCG systems.
buyer: Way2Bit
Way2Bit is a blockchain technology company in South Korea. Way2Bit conducts research regarding the blockchain industry and provides consulting services for blockchain technology. The company aims to create new value through blockchain technology. "
target: Studio 8
Studio 8 is a South Korean video game development studio. Studio 8 specializes in developing online games. The studio is best know for developing Astellia and Astellia Royal, fantasy MMORPG games that focus on strategic battles and action with TCG (Trading Card Game) systems.
price ($mm)
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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 2/17/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Asmodee SAS, acquired Board Game Arena

synopsis: Asmodee, the world's leading board game publisher and distributor, has acquired Board Game Arena, an online board game platform based in France. Board Game Arena allows users to play live games with other people from around the world from their web browser. Their platform provides official online versions of over 250 tabletop games.
buyer: Asmodee SAS
Asmodee is the world's leading board game publisher and distributor. Asmodee offers fun games for everyone, from family games and party games to hobby games. Their IP's include T.I.M.E Stories, Arkham Horror, Ticket to ride, Catan, Legend of the Five Rings, and more. "
target: Board Game Arena
Board Game Arena is an online board game platform based in France. Board Game Arena allows users to play live games with other people from around the world from their web browser. Their platform provides official online versions of over 250 tabletop games supported in 40 different languages.
price ($mm)
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EV / rev
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closed 2/2/2021 via BNC Analysis

Com2uS Corporation, acquired Allm Corp.

synopsis: Com2uS Corp. a developer and publisher of mobile games in South Korea, has acquired a 57% stake in Allm Corp., a South Korean video game developer. Allm specializes in creating fun online games. Their best known game, Kritika Online, is a free-to-play action multiplayer online role playing game (MORPG).
buyer parent: GAMEVIL
buyer: Com2uS Corporation (078340:$443.72)
Com2us is a leading developer and publisher of mobile games in South Korea. The company develops fun and high-quality mobile games on multiple platforms. Their games include Golf Star, Innings Pro Baseball, Homerun Battle, Soul Seeker, Wonder Tactics, Chain Strike, Slice It!, and more. "
target: Allm Corp.
Allm is a South Korean video game developer. Allm specializes in creating fun online games. Their best known game, Kritika Online, is a free-to-play action multiplayer online role playing game (MORPG). Their game has over 20 million users from over 70 countries.
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closed 1/25/2021 via BusinessWire

Carlyle Group, acquired Jagex Ltd.

synopsis: Global investment firm The Carlyle Group announced it has acquired Jagex, a leading developer and publisher of video games. Jagex is one of the largest and most successful British video game studios, developing and publishing video games on PC and mobile. The company is best known for its online role-playing living game franchise RuneScape.
buyer: Carlyle Group (CG:$6,117.50)
The Carlyle Group is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across three business segments: Global Private Equity, Global Credit, and Investment Solutions. "
target parent: Macarthur Fortune Holding LLC
target: Jagex Ltd.
Jagex is one of the largest and most successful British video game studios, developing and publishing video games on PC and mobile. The company is best known for its online role-playing living game franchise RuneScape.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$151
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
announced 12/29/2020 via Company Press Release

Three Gates AB, will acquire gameXcite GmbH

synopsis: Three Gates AB, a game development company in Sweden, will acquire gameXcite GmbH, a German video game publisher and developer that develops PC, console and mobile games. gameXcite aims to create fun and innovative online games. Their key title, Asterix & Friends, is a building strategy game with RPG elements.
buyer: Three Gates AB (NGM:GATE:$2.39)
Three Gates AB is a publicly listed game development company based on the island of Gotland, off the east coast of Sweden. Founded in 2011, Three Gates is a team of experienced professionals, all gathered in a unique location with an unwavering drive and passion for the video game sector. "
target: gameXcite GmbH
gameXcite is a German video game publisher and developer that develops PC, console and mobile games. gameXcite aims to create fun and innovative online games. Their key title, Asterix & Friends, is a building strategy game with RPG elements.
price ($mm)
$1.04
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 12/23/2020 via Company Press Release

Stillfront Group AB, will acquire Super Free Games, Inc.

synopsis: Stillfront Group AB entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Super Free Games, Inc. (under name change from Super Lucky Casino Inc.), a rapidly growing and profitable US-headquartered gaming company focusing on market-leading Casual games including successful titles such as Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star.
buyer: Stillfront Group AB (OM:SF:$448.48)
Headquartered in Sweden, Stillfront Group is a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios. Its diverse and exciting games portfolio has two common themes; loyal users and long lifecycle games. "
target: Super Free Games, Inc.
Founded in 2011, Super Free Games (under name change from Super Lucky Casino) is a San Francisco based rapidly growing developer of market leading Casual and Mash-up games. The company possesses a strong portfolio of games, including successful titles such as Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star.
price ($mm)
$150
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 12/18/2020 via Company Press Release

Stillfront Group AB, will acquire Sandbox Interactive GmbH

synopsis: Sweden-based Stillfront Group AB, a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios, will acquire 100 percent of the shares in Sandbox Interactive GmbH, a rapidly growing German gaming company and the developer and publisher of the popular cross-platform free-to-play (F2P) sandbox MMORPG Albion Online.
buyer: Stillfront Group AB (OM:SF:$448.48)
Headquartered in Sweden, Stillfront Group is a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios. Its diverse and exciting games portfolio has two common themes; loyal users and long lifecycle games. "
target: Sandbox Interactive GmbH
Sandbox Interactive is an ambitious game development studio based in Berlin. The company is the developer and publisher of Albion Online, a cross-platform free-to-play sandbox MMORPG with modern game attributes set in an open medieval fantasy world.
price ($mm)
$154
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Enad Global 7 AB, acquired Daybreak Game Company LLC

synopsis: EG7 added another studio to its growing roster in the form of Everquest, PlanetSide, and H1Z1 developer Daybreak Game Company. Daybreak Games is a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games and emergent gameplay.
buyer: Enad Global 7 AB (OM:EG7:$78.25)
EG7 (Enad Global 7) is a family of companies within the gaming industry that develops, markets, publishes and distributes PC, console and mobile games to the global gaming market. The company employs 100+ game developers and develops its own original IP:s. "
target: Daybreak Game Company LLC
Daybreak Games is a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games and emergent gameplay best known for its blockbuster hits and franchises, including the original standalone battle royale game, H1Z1, EverQuest, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online.
price ($mm)
$258
rev ($mm)
$78
EBITDA ($mm)
$29
EV / rev
3.8x
EV / EBITDA
10.3x
closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Embracer Group, acquired DECA Games

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired mobile specialist DECA Games; the company has a particular interest in live operations and free-to-play titles. They are the current owners and developers of the massively multiplayer online shooter Realm of the Mad God.
buyer: Embracer Group (OM:EMBRAC B:$1,094.55)
Embracer Group is the parent company of businesses developing and publishing PC and console games for the global games market. Embracer Group has an extensive catalogue of over 130 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Goat Simulator, Dead Island, Darksiders, Metro, MX vs ATV, and more. "
target: DECA Games
DECA Games is a publisher and developer of video games that is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. The company's primary focus is on acquiring and operating older free-to-play games. They are the current owners and developers of the massively multiplayer online shooter Realm of the Mad God.
price ($mm)[EV]
$29 [$33]
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/11/2020 via BusinessWire

Daybreak Game Company LLC, acquired ColdIron Studios

synopsis: Daybreak Games, a global publisher and developer of large-scale multiplayer online games, has acquired Cold Iron Studios, a video game development studio of veteran MMO, action, and shooter developers. Cold Iron Studios is developing a PC and console game set in the iconic Alien universe.
buyer: Daybreak Game Company LLC
Daybreak Games is a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games and emergent gameplay best known for its blockbuster hits and franchises, including the original standalone battle royale game, H1Z1, EverQuest, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online. "
target parent: Scopely
target: ColdIron Studios
Cold Iron Studios is a leading game developer that specializes in massively multiplayer online games. Cold Iron employs a diverse group of over 40 passionate gamers with decades of experience developing and launching award-winning MMO and action titles.
price ($mm)
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announced 8/9/2020 via BNC Analysis

Mingchen Health Co., Ltd., will acquire Hainan Huaduo Network Technology Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Mingchen Health, a Chinese manufacturer of personal health care products, will acquire Hainan Huaduo Network Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese video game developer. Hainan Huaduo specializes in developing browser-based and mobile online games. Their games include Chaos of the Universe and Kingdom of the Kings.
buyer: Mingchen Health Co., Ltd. (SZSE:002919:$72.09)
Mingchen Health is a Chinese manufacturer of personal health care products. Mingchen develops and produces shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, gel water and skin care products. Their brands include Beauty Show, Meiwang, Chucui, and Yingkou. "
target: Hainan Huaduo Network Technology Co., Ltd.
Hainan Huaduo is a Chinese video game developer. Hainan Huaduo specializes in developing online games. Their games include Chaos of the Universe, a browser-based online role-playing game (RPG) themed around martial arts; and Kingdom of the Kings, an online RPG for mobile devices.
price ($mm)
$19
rev ($mm)
$16
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/31/2020 via BNC Analysis

PlayWay S.A., acquired GamePlanet Poland

synopsis: PlayWay, a company that produces and publishes video and mobile games in Poland, has acquired GamePlanet, a company that develops and produces online video games and is also based in Warsaw, Poland.
buyer: PlayWay S.A. (WSE:PLW:$34.88)
PlayWay S.A. produces and publishes video and mobile games in Poland. They develop games for PC, Android, iPhone, iPad, and Mac platforms. Their games are sold or downloaded worldwide. They sell their products on the STEAM, AppStore, and GooglePlay platforms. "
target: GamePlanet Poland
GamePlanet, founded in 2013, develops and produces online video games and is based in Warsaw, Poland.
price ($mm)
$0.01*
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 7/15/2020 via Company Press Release

Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager, will acquire Linden Lab

synopsis: Linden Research, Inc. announced it signed an agreement to be acquired by an investment group led by Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager. The acquisition will allow Linden Lab to continue to grow and expand Second Life, as well as its money services business Tilia.
buyer: Randy Waterfield and Brad Oberwager
Randy Waterfield is the Chairman and CEO of the Waterfield Group. Brad Oberwager is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jyve. "
target: Linden Lab
Linden Lab develops platforms that empower people to create, share, and benefit from virtual experiences. Second Life, the company's groundbreaking virtual world enjoyed by millions around the globe, boasts nearly two billion user creations and a vibrant $500 million (USD) economy.
price ($mm)
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announced 6/24/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Askott Entertainment Inc. will be merged with FansUnite Media, Inc,

synopsis: Victory Square Technologies Inc. portfolio company FansUnite Entertainment will acquire all of the outstanding securities of Askott Entertainment Inc. by way of a three-cornered amalgamation. Askott is a Vancouver and Malta based software development company that has produced a one of a kind complete iGaming platform, Chameleon Gaming Platform.
buyer parent: Victory Square Technologies
buyer: FansUnite Media, Inc (CNSX:FANS:$0.00)
FansUnite is a sports and entertainment company, focusing on technology related to regulated and lawful online gaming and other related products. The principal business is operating the FansUnite Sportsbook and the website of McBookie Limited, offering online gaming services to the UK market. "
target: Askott Entertainment Inc.
Askott is a Vancouver and Malta based software development company that has produced a one of a kind complete iGaming platform, Chameleon Gaming Platform, with an Esports first focus geared for the next generation of online bettors and casino players.
price ($mm)
$22
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/2/2020 via BusinessWire

Zynga, Inc., acquired Peak Games

synopsis: Zynga Inc., a global leader in interactive entertainment, has acquired Peak, one of the most globally successful mobile gaming companies. Peak currently has two top charting mobile franchises -- Toon Blast and Toy Blast.
buyer: Zynga, Inc. (ZNGA:$2,251.30)
Zynga is an American video game developer running social video game services since 2007. The company develops social games that work stand-alone on mobile phone platforms such as Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone and on the Internet through its website, Zynga.com, and social networking websites. "
target: Peak Games
Peak is a leading mobile gaming company powered by a team that values relentless progress. Peak currently has two top charting mobile franchises -- Toon Blast and Toy Blast -- that have consistently ranked within the top 10 and top 20 U.S. Peak, founded in 2010, is based in Istanbul, Turkey.
price ($mm)
$1,800
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/29/2020 via Company Press Release

Macarthur Fortune Holding LLC, acquired Jagex Ltd.

synopsis: Macarthur Fortune Holding LLC, a global asset management company, has announced that it has acquired Jagex, one of the UK’s largest video game developers and publishers, through one of its funds, Platinum Fortune LP, from Shanghai Hongtou Network Technology. Hongtou Network (Hong Kong) was also acquired by Platinum Fortune LP.
buyer: Macarthur Fortune Holding LLC
Macarthur Fortune is a US-based global asset management firm founded by a group of seasoned investment professionals. Platinum Fortune is a private fund managed by Macarthur Fortune with a focus on the global video game market. "
target: Jagex Ltd.
A leader in creating deep and engaging living games on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2000 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.
price ($mm)
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announced 4/29/2020 via Yahoo, Inc.

7Road, will acquire LOCOJOY Inc.

synopsis: 7Road, a top developer and an international distributor of web games and mobile games, is to acquire LOCOJOY Inc., a company that engages in developing games across iOS, Android, and Flash in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic, among others. Both companies are based in China.
buyer: 7Road (SEHK:797:$28.64)
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Shenzhen's NanShan Science and Technology Park, 7Road is a top developer and an international distributor of web games and mobile games. As a pioneer in expanding the global gaming market, 7Road is the top 1 grossing company in the browser game market. "
target: LOCOJOY Inc.
LOCOJOY Inc. engages in developing games across iOS, Android, and Flash in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic, among others. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Beijing, China.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/17/2020 via Company Press Release

Riot Games, Inc., acquired Hypixel Inc.

synopsis: Riot Games, the game developer and publisher best known for League of Legends, completed its acquisition of Hypixel Studios. Founded in 2018, Hypixel Studios is currently developing Hytale, a community-powered block game that combines the scope of a creative sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game.
buyer parent: Tencent Holdings Ltd.
buyer: Riot Games, Inc.
Riot was established in 2006 by entrepreneurial gamers who believe that player-focused game development can result in awesome games. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends to critical and player acclaim. "
target: Hypixel Inc.
Founded in 2018, Hypixel Studios is currently developing Hytale, a community-powered block game that combines the scope of a creative sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game.
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NAVER Corporation is Korea’s premier Internet company, operating the nation’s top search portal “Naver”, Korea’s first online children’s portal “Jr. Naver”, and the nation’s first online donation portal “Happybean”.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$2,306.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$754.40
EBIT ($mm)
$657.00
Net Income ($mm)
$504.00
Employees
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Ticker: ZNGA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zynga, Inc.
Zynga, Inc.
Zynga is an American video game developer running social video game services since 2007. The company develops social games that work stand-alone on mobile phone platforms such as Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone and on the Internet through its website, Zynga.com, and social networking websites.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$2,251.30
EBITDA ($mm)
$175.40
EBIT ($mm)
($4.30)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
2245
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Ticker: TSX:AYA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amaya Gaming Group Inc.
Amaya Gaming Group Inc.
Amaya is a leading provider of technology-based solutions, products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Amaya owns gaming and related consumer businesses and brands including PokerStars, Full Tilt, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and more.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$772.93
EBITDA ($mm)
$273.89
EBIT ($mm)
$199.44
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
2475
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Ticker: NCTY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The9 Limited
The9 Limited
The9 Limited is a leading online game operator in China. The9’s business is primarily focused on operating and developing high-quality games for the Chinese online game players market. The9 directly or through affiliates operates licensed MMORPGs.
year
2009
rev ($mm)
$760.52
EBITDA ($mm)
($229.57)
EBIT ($mm)
($403.97)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
1010
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Ticker: PWRD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Perfect World Entertainment
Perfect World Entertainment
Perfect World is a leading publisher of online multiplayer games. Perfect World has published 10+ popular titles including Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, Gigantic and Livelock. By specializing in constantly evolving online games, Perfect World is one of the leading publishers in the gaming market.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$618.99
EBITDA ($mm)
$106.32
EBIT ($mm)
$70.47
Net Income ($mm)
$75.92
Employees
5378
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Ticker: SEHK:777
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NetDragon WebSoft Inc.
NetDragon WebSoft Inc.
NetDragon Websoft Inc. is a leading innovator and creative force in China's online gaming and mobile internet industries. NetDragon offers many well-known mobile Internet products and services, including 91 Assistant, HiMarket, 91 Launcher,91 Panda Reader,sj.91.com and www.hiapk.com.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$615.68
EBITDA ($mm)
$29.42
EBIT ($mm)
($7.39)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
6446
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Ticker: OM:SF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stillfront Group AB
Stillfront Group is an independent games developer and games publisher with a portfolio of high-quality games that build long player relationships. The Group includes Bytro Labs, Coldwood Interactive, Dorado Games, PowerChallenge and Simutronics.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$448.48
EBITDA ($mm)
$137.66
EBIT ($mm)
$113.78
Net Income ($mm)
$59.27
Employees
832
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A263750
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pearl Abyss
Pearl Abyss
Pearl Abyss is the Korean studio behind the hit PC MMORPG Black Desert Online, which was named MMORPG of the Year in 2016. Since the company's founding in 2010, it has successfully launched its game in South Korea, Japan, Russia, North/South America, Europe, Taiwan, and 100 other countries.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$434.79
EBITDA ($mm)
$159.14
EBIT ($mm)
$139.64
Net Income ($mm)
$89.72
Employees
953
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Ticker: 300418
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kunlun
Kunlun is prominent and respected market leader within the Chinese web game industry and is now China’s largest web games distribution company. Kunlun has tirelessly and tenaciously made a conscious effort to deliver high quality, innovative and entertaining games to players all around the globe.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$273.59
EBITDA ($mm)
$26.34
EBIT ($mm)
$22.88
Net Income ($mm)
$51.18
Employees
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Ticker: KOSDAQ:A095660
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Neowiz
Neowiz
Neowiz is a South Korean online game publisher. Neowiz develops and publishes games of all styles and sizes on a variety of platforms. Their lineup includes first-person shooters, sports games, RPGs and countless other genres. Their titles include Bless Unleashed, Brown Dust, DJMAX Respect and more.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$257.19
EBITDA ($mm)
$60.45
EBIT ($mm)
$52.30
Net Income ($mm)
$39.93
Employees
527
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Ticker: BSE:532619
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UTV Software Communications Limited
UTV Software Communications Limited
UTV Software Communications Ltd. is a leading media and entertainment company in India reaching more than 247 million consumers with a presence in motion pictures, television and interactive media.
year
2012
rev ($mm)
$187.54
EBITDA ($mm)
$15.85
EBIT ($mm)
$14.24
Net Income ($mm)
$4.48
Employees
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