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closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
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closed 3/4/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired Everyman Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired Everyman Chess, the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, and Alexei Shirov.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: Everyman Chess
Everyman Chess is the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, Vladimir Kramnik, and Alexei Shirov.
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closed 7/17/2019 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Game Rant

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

Enthusiast Gaming Inc., acquired The Escapist

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

Future plc, will acquire Imagine Publishing Limited

synopsis: Future, an award-winning international media group and leading digital publisher, has agreed terms to acquire Imagine Publishing Limited, one of the UK’s fastest-growing consumer technology publishers.
buyer: Future plc (LSE:FUTR:$647.97)
Future is an award-winning international media group and leading digital publisher. They reach more than 51 million international consumers a month and create world-class content and advertising solutions online, on tablet & smartphone and in print. "
target: Imagine Publishing Limited
Imagine publishing is one of the UK’s fastest-growing consumer technology publishers, with 20 magazines, 200 bookazines, 30 apps and 30 websites published worldwide within four key market sectors - knowledge/science, technology, photography and videogames.
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$20
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closed 6/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Webedia SAS, acquired JeuxVideo.com

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

Steve Harris, will acquire Electronic Gaming Monthly

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

Gamefly, Inc., acquired Shacknews, Ltd.

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

AOL, LLC., acquired GameDAILY

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

Future plc, acquired Echo Software and Hardware LLC

synopsis: Magazine publisher Future Plc said it bought Cheat Planet, a U.S. computer games website, from Echo Software and Hardware LLC for $8.7 million cash.
buyer: Future plc (LSE:FUTR:$647.97)
Future plc is an international special-interest media group. Founded in 1985 with one UK magazine, today it creates over 150 special-interest publications, websites and events with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, automotive, sports, crafts and leisure sectors. "
target: Echo Software and Hardware LLC
Echo Software and Hardware LLC operates Cheat Planet, a U.S. computer games website.
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announced 11/13/2012 via BNC Analysis

NosJuniors.com, will acquire NumeriKids

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

Dexerto Limited, acquired Charlie INTEL

synopsis: Dexerto is delighted to welcome charlieINTEL.com and fortniteINTEL.com to their fast-growing network of platforms covering esports, gaming and digital stars. charlieINTEL.com is a news site dedicated to delivering the latest news on the popular Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise.
buyer: Dexerto Limited
Dexerto is a global provider of esports and entertainment news, videos and live broadcasting. They offer an unmatched insight into the lives of professional gamers and Internet-grown celebrities, blending sports-style and lifestyle coverage. "
target: Charlie INTEL
charlieINTEL.com is a news site dedicated to delivering the latest news on the popular Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise. charlieINTEL is one of the biggest Call of Duty fan community sites. Associated site, FortniteIntel.com, is a new site dedicated to Epic Games' Fortnite Battle Royale.
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closed 3/14/2018 via Company Press Release

Gfinity plc, acquired RealSport

synopsis: Gfinity plc, a leading international esports entertainment group, announced that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of RealSM Limited, owner of the fan-oriented digital sports media platform, RealSport. Founded in January 2016, RealSport provides sports fans with all the latest news from across the globe.
buyer: Gfinity plc (AIM:GFIN:$5.99)
Founded in 2012, Gfinity has established itself as one of the world's leading esports companies. The London-based business enjoys strong relationships with game publishers, players and the wider esports community and has built a solid reputation for delivering high quality competitions. "
target: RealSport
RealSport is a fan-oriented, tech-forward sports media platform with commitment to simple UI and quality and exciting original content, from Football to eSports. RealSport believes in providing the highest quality original and unique content, written by real sports fans.
price ($mm)
$3.33
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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 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired iChess.net

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired iChess.net, a chess content company. iChess.net publishes free and paid chess videos and articles. They have produced more than 400 chess courses with 2,000 hours of premium chess video content. They offer courses for beginners, advanced chess, attacking chess, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: iChess.net
iChess.net is a chess content company. iChess.net publishes free and paid chess videos and articles. They have produced more than 400 chess courses with 2,000 hours of premium chess video content. They offer courses for beginners, advanced chess, attacking chess, and more.
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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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$355
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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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$120*
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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 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
price ($mm)
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$2
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closed 8/25/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired Silver Knights Enrichment

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired Silver Knights Enrichment, a leading provider of after-school enrichment programs focused on chess. Silver Knights runs in-person programs in 300 schools throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the US, as well as an online chess offering that teaches students across the world.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus Group is a global leader in the chess industry focused on providing premier digital experiences for millions of chess players and students. The company offers e-learning and entertainment services via its market-leading brands. "
target: Silver Knights Enrichment
Silver Knights Enrichment is a leading provider of after-school enrichment programs focused on chess. Silver Knights runs in-person programs in 300 schools throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, as well as an online chess offering that teaches students across the world.
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closed 5/19/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired Aimchess

synopsis: Norway-based Play Magnus Group, a global leader in the chess industry, has acquired Aimchess.com, a chess training and analytics startup. Aimchess is a fast-growing chess analytics startup in Estonia powered by AI that delivers personalized insights and training exercises based on users’ historical games.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus Group is a global leader in the chess industry focused on providing premier digital experiences for millions of chess players and students. The company offers e-learning and entertainment services via its market-leading brands. "
target: Aimchess
Based in Estonia, Aimchess is a chess analytics startup powered by AI that delivers personalized insights and training exercises based on users’ historical games. Aimchess offers free services to all users and a monthly subscription upgrade for unlimited access to insights and training tools.
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closed 3/4/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired Everyman Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired Everyman Chess, the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, and Alexei Shirov.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: Everyman Chess
Everyman Chess is the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, Vladimir Kramnik, and Alexei Shirov.
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closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
price ($mm)
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$2
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closed 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired iChess.net

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired iChess.net, a chess content company. iChess.net publishes free and paid chess videos and articles. They have produced more than 400 chess courses with 2,000 hours of premium chess video content. They offer courses for beginners, advanced chess, attacking chess, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: iChess.net
iChess.net is a chess content company. iChess.net publishes free and paid chess videos and articles. They have produced more than 400 chess courses with 2,000 hours of premium chess video content. They offer courses for beginners, advanced chess, attacking chess, and more.
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closed 9/4/2019 via Financial Times

Play Magnus AS, acquired Chessable

synopsis: Play Magnus, Norway's chess training platform whose effective and engaging lessons are perfect for beginners to intermediate players and lifelong learners, has acquired Chessable, the UK-based platform that hosts chess courses pitched at levels from beginner to expert, and includes interactive demonstrations, text explanations and video tutorials.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: Chessable
Chessable, the UK-based platform hosts chess courses pitched at levels from beginner to expert, and includes interactive demonstrations, text explanations and video tutorials. Their user base skews towards more experienced players and includes chief executives of several European and American firms.
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closed 9/4/2019 via Financial Times

Play Magnus AS, acquired Chessable

synopsis: Play Magnus, Norway's chess training platform whose effective and engaging lessons are perfect for beginners to intermediate players and lifelong learners, has acquired Chessable, the UK-based platform that hosts chess courses pitched at levels from beginner to expert, and includes interactive demonstrations, text explanations and video tutorials.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: Chessable
Chessable, the UK-based platform hosts chess courses pitched at levels from beginner to expert, and includes interactive demonstrations, text explanations and video tutorials. Their user base skews towards more experienced players and includes chief executives of several European and American firms.
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closed 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired iChess.net

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired iChess.net, a chess content company. iChess.net publishes free and paid chess videos and articles. They have produced more than 400 chess courses with 2,000 hours of premium chess video content. They offer courses for beginners, advanced chess, attacking chess, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$14.61)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: iChess.net
iChess.net is a chess content company. iChess.net publishes free and paid chess videos and articles. They have produced more than 400 chess courses with 2,000 hours of premium chess video content. They offer courses for beginners, advanced chess, attacking chess, and more.
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closed 11/7/2018 via BNC Analysis

Discord, acquired Blitz Esports

synopsis: Discord, a VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, has acquired Blitz Esports, one of the premier media publications in esports, specializing in educational video content for League of Legends, CS:GO and Overwatch.
buyer: Discord
Discord is a VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, that specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers. "
target: Blitz Esports
Blitz Esports is a tech and media startup focused on bridging the gap between esports fandom and personal gameplay. They are one of the premier media publications in esports, specializing in educational video content for League of Legends, CS:GO and Overwatch.
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closed 11/3/2021 via BusinessWire

State Space Labs, Inc., acquired ProGuides

synopsis: Statespace, developer of neuroscience-based performance training solutions, including Aim Lab, the first-person shooter (FPS) aim trainer of choice for more than 20 million players, has acquired ProGuides, a online platform that offers premium courses and on demand video game coaching.
buyer: State Space Labs, Inc.
Statespace Labs provides performance analytics to mental training across gaming and digital health. Its portfolio of products includes Aim Lab, a first-person shooter aim trainer, and Playerbase, a subscription platform that connects gaming coaches with players who want to improve their skills. "
target: ProGuides
ProGuides was founded in 2015 with one mission: to help gamers take their play to a new level. Members access premium courses and on demand game coaching. ProGuides currently has 500+ lessons featuring 60+ of the best eSports pros from Fortnite, League of Legends, Hearthstone, and more.
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announced 8/16/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Graph Blockchain Inc., will acquire Cyberanking Ltd.

synopsis: Graph Blockchain, a Canadian blockchain solutions company whose enterprise platforms provide solutions for data management, business intelligence and data analytics, will acquire Cyberanking, an online coaching platform that provides game, fitness and psychological training for gamers.
buyer: Graph Blockchain Inc. (CNSX:GBLC:$0.34)
Graph Blockchain is a Canadian blockchain solutions company. Their enterprise platforms provide solutions for data management, business intelligence and data analytics, by delivering unparalleled processing speed and uncompromising performance quality for corporations and government agencies. "
target: Cyberanking Ltd.
Cyberanking is an online coaching platform that provides game, fitness and psychological training for gamers who want to become better players and improve their quality of life and overall wellbeing while doing what they love the most: playing games.
price ($mm)
$1.13
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announced 3/24/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Motorsport.com, will acquire Digital Tales USA LLC

synopsis: Motorsport Games Inc., leading racing game developer, publisher and esports ecosystem provider of official motorsport racing series throughout the world, is to acquire Digital Tales USA LLC, the mobile game developer that creates official mobile games for the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).
buyer: Motorsport.com (MSGM:$19.05)
Motorsport Network is a global media company that owns and operates multiple brands that help connect millions of people who love motorsport and cars. It is the home of the largest audience of motorsport enthusiasts, and its content is present across digital, TV, OTT, print, social and live events. "
target: Digital Tales USA LLC
Founded in 2006 and based in Milan, with offices in Rome and Miami, Digital Tales develops games, e-Learning solutions and anything in between, including edutainment, gamified training courses and VR/AR apps.
price ($mm)
$2.20
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closed 5/1/2017 via PR Newswire

Spin Master Corp, acquired Marbles

synopsis: Spin Master Corp., a leading global children's entertainment company, announced the acquisition of Marbles, a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages.
buyer: Spin Master Corp (TSX:TOY:$879.41)
Spin Master is a Canadian global toy and entertainment company that has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994. "
target: Marbles
Marbles is a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages. Marbles has grown into a 40-store retailer, e-commerce, catalog and product business known for its specialized portfolio of games with brain benefits, including the best-selling game Otrio.
price ($mm)
$2.50
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