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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired KAIKO GmbH

synopsis: THQ Nordic, an Austrian video game publisher, has acquired KAIKO, a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: KAIKO GmbH
KAIKO is a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
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closed 7/22/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Tencent Holdings Ltd., acquired Stunlock Studios

synopsis: Tencent has announced it has taken a majority stake in Stunlock Studios. Founded in Skövde in 2010, Stunlock Studios is a Swedish game developer that has developed titles such as Bloodline Champions, Dead Island: Epidemic, and most recently Battlerite Royale.
buyer: Tencent Holdings Ltd. (SEHK:700:$78,710.17)
Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Their communications and social platforms connect users to each other, as well as to digital content and services such as games, video, music and literature. Their infrastructure services create differentiated offerings. "
target: Stunlock Studios
Founded in Skövde in 2010, Stunlock Studios is a Swedish game developer that has developed titles such as Bloodline Champions, Dead Island: Epidemic, and most recently Battlerite Royale.
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closed 7/1/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Nixxes Software B.V.

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) announced that SIE has completed the acquisition of Nixxes Software B.V., an industry-leading Dutch studio with more than 20 years of experience in game development and optimization. Based in Utrecht, Netherlands, Nixxes will join PlayStation Studios Technology, Creative & Services Group.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Nixxes Software B.V.
Nixxes Software B.V. is an industry-leading Dutch studio with more than 20 years of experience in game development and optimization. Nixxes is regarded for their work on handling PC Ports for Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive and Eidos Interactive.
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closed 6/30/2021 via BusinessWire

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Housemarque

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment, a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, has acquired Housemarque, a video game development studio in Finland. Housemarque develops top-notch games with a focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. Their titles include Returnal, Nex Machina, Resogun and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Housemarque
Housemarque is a video game development studio in Finland. Housemarque develops top-notch games with a focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. Their titles include Returnal, Nex Machina, Matterfall, Resogun, Outland, and more.
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closed 6/4/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Facebook, acquired Unit 2 Games

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

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

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

Zordix AB, will acquire Merge Games Ltd.

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

Jam City, will acquire Ludia, Inc.

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

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

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

HandyGames, acquired Massive Miniteam

synopsis: HandyGames, a game developer and publisher in Germany, has acquired Massive Miniteam, an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: HandyGames
HandyGames is a game developer and publisher in Germany. HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of platforms. The company is focused on developing games for iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, tablet computers, Android TV, and Wearables. "
target: Massive Miniteam
Massive Miniteam is an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Appeal Studios

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

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired FRAME BREAK AB

synopsis: Amplifier Game Invest, a company that invests in talented game studios, has acquired FRAME BREAK AB, an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Amplifier Game Invest
Amplifier Game Invest seeks out and invests internationally in the most talented game teams and game studios in the business. The goal is to, by contributing game development experience and expertise, build long term success for the companies, and better, more successful games. "
target: FRAME BREAK AB
FRAME BREAK is an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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closed 4/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

People Can Fly, acquired Phosphor Games

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

Trophy Games, will acquire Xombat ApS

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

Keywords Studios, acquired Climax Studios

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

Nacon, will acquire Passtech Games

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

CD Projekt RED, will acquire Digital Scapes

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

Visual Concepts, purchased Game Division from HookBang

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

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

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

Playrix, acquired Boolat LLC

synopsis: Playrix has acquired Ukrainian-based Boolat Games. Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse.
buyer: Playrix
Playrix is a mobile game development company founded in 2004. They focus on free-to-play games for smartphones and tablets. Their games, Township, Fishdom and Gardenscapes have consistently been among the Top 50 Grossing Apps for iOS and Google Play since their release. "
target: Boolat LLC
Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse. They are based in Ukraine.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired KAIKO GmbH

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

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Appeal Studios

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

THQ Nordic AB, acquired KAIKO GmbH

synopsis: THQ Nordic, an Austrian video game publisher, has acquired KAIKO, a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: KAIKO GmbH
KAIKO is a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
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closed 11/18/2020 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Purple Lamp Studios GmbH

synopsis: Austrian video game publisher THQ Nordic has announced that they have fully-acquired Viennese game developer Purple Lamp Studios and its veteran team of developers. Purple Lamp’s portfolio includes several licensed titles such as Sea of Thieves, The Guild 3, and SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Purple Lamp Studios GmbH
Purple Lamp Studios is a Viennese game developer whose portfolio includes several licensed titles such as Sea of Thieves, The Guild 3, and SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated.
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Pow Wow Entertainment

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Pow Wow Entertainment through THQ Nordic. Pow Wow Entertainment is an independent game development studio in Vienna. They are a team of experienced artists, designers, engineers and product designers and together they are crafting original game brands for PC and console.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Pow Wow Entertainment
Pow Wow Entertainment is an independent game development studio in Vienna. They are a team of experienced artists, designers, engineers and product designers and together they are crafting original game brands for PC and console.
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Koch Media, acquired KSM GmbH

synopsis: Independent film and home entertainment distributor Koch Films, part of Koch Media Group, has acquired Germany-based KSM GmbH. KSM is involved in the production, distribution and marketing of international film and TV productions. Their anime division, KSM Anime, is among the top three anime publishers in Germany.
buyer parent: THQ Nordic AB
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: KSM GmbH
Founded in 2002 and based in Germany, KSM GmbH has been involved in the production, distribution and marketing of international film and TV productions. Their anime division, KSM Anime, is among the top three anime publishers in Germany.
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announced 8/14/2019 via Company Press Release

Koch Media, will acquire Milestone Srl

synopsis: Koch Media GmbH, an Austrian independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories, will acquire Milestone, an Italian racing game developer and publisher behind the global success series MotoGP, MXGP, RIDE and Monster Energy Supercross. Koch Media GmbH is an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of THQ Nordic AB.
buyer parent: THQ Nordic AB
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: Milestone Srl
Milestone is an Italian racing game developer and publisher behind the global success series MotoGP, MXGP, RIDE and Monster Energy Supercross. Milestone’s passionate team creates hyper-realistic racing games, which perfectly positions them to catch on to the growing global eSport trend.
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closed 8/14/2019 via Company Press Release

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Gunfire Games

synopsis: THQ Nordic, a company that develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market, has acquired Gunfire Games, an independent game developer based in Austin, Texas. They are best known for creating and shipping the DARKSIDERS franchise, and being the developers behind Chronos, the Oculus Rift Adventure RPG.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Gunfire Games
Gunfire Games is an independent game developer based in Austin, Texas. They are best known for creating and shipping the DARKSIDERS franchise, and being the developers behind Chronos, the Oculus Rift Adventure RPG.
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closed 5/22/2019 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Piranha Bytes

synopsis: THQ Nordic has acquired Piranha Bytes, the studio behind the Gothic, Risen, and Elex series, the company announced. The acquisition includes the development studio and all intellectual property rights. Piranha Bytes are developers of computer games located in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s industrial heartland.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Piranha Bytes
Piranha Bytes are developers of computer games located in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s industrial heartland. They have developed the much acclaimed GOTHIC® (publisher: Shoebox and JoWooD) and Risen® (publisher: Deep Silver) computer roleplaying series.
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announced 2/13/2019 via Company Press Release

Koch Media, will acquire Warhorse Studios s.r.o.

synopsis: THQ Nordic AB’s indirectly wholly owned subsidiary Koch Media GmbH has entered into an agreement to acquire the Prague based Warhorse Studios s.r.o., a leading game developer behind the successful award-winning title Kingdom Come: Deliverance.
buyer parent: THQ Nordic AB
buyer: Koch Media
Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories in Europe and North America. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: Warhorse Studios s.r.o.
Warhorse Studios s.r.o. is a leading game developer behind the successful award-winning title Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Warhorse Studios is a developer of quality videogames for PC and consoles (Xbox One and PS4).
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$41
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0.7x
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0.9x
announced 2/13/2019 via Company Press Release

Koch Media, will acquire 18POINT2

synopsis: THQ Nordic AB’s wholly owned subsidiary Koch Media GmbH has entered into an agreement to acquire 18POINT2 Pty Ltd. 18POINT2 specializes in the distribution of entertainment product with a specific focus on games product, peripherals and Toys to Life. They are based in Australia.
buyer parent: THQ Nordic AB
buyer: Koch Media
Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories in Europe and North America. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: 18POINT2
18point2 specializes in the distribution of entertainment product with a specific focus on Games product, peripherals and Toys to Life. They are based in Australia.
price ($mm)
$2.87
rev ($mm)
$18
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closed 11/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Bugbear Entertainment Ltd

synopsis: THQ Nordic AB is announcing that it has acquired 90% of the shares in Bugbear Entertainment Ltd. with an option to acquire the remaining 10% in the future. Bugbear, a Helsinki-based independent studio with 18 team members developing racing games, is currently working on the critically acclaimed Wreckfest.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, Homefront, Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Bugbear Entertainment Ltd
Bugbear Entertainment Ltd is a Finnish developer of action driving games. Products include FlatOut series (FlatOut, FlatOut 2, FlatOut Ultimate Carnage), Sega Rally PSP, Glimmerati, Tough Trucks, Rally Trophy, Ridge Racer Unbounded, and more.
price ($mm)
$0.96*
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announced 11/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, will acquire Coffee Stain Studios AB

synopsis: THQ Nordic AB has entered into agreement to acquire Coffee Stain Studios AB. Coffee Stain is a leading game developer and publisher with a growing footprint in the Nordics. The acquisition includes Intellectual property rights to Satisfactory, Goat Simulator, Sanctum and publishing rights to Deep Rock Galactic.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, Homefront, Darksiders amongst others. "
target: Coffee Stain Studios AB
Based in Sweden, Coffee Stain Studios AB is a leading video game developer and publisher, best known for their development of the offbeat hit Goat Simulator. Located in Skövde, Coffee Stain Studios is the original team behind I Love Strawberries and the Sanctum games.
price ($mm)[EV]
$43 [$35]
rev ($mm)
$25
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.8x
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closed 7/9/2018 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired HandyGames

synopsis: THQ Nordic GmbH announced the acquisition of the game developer and publisher HandyGames, headquartered in Giebelstadt, Germany. Founded in 2000, HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of platforms, utilizing a wide range of technologies.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, Homefront, Darksiders amongst others. "
target: HandyGames
HandyGames is a game developer and publisher. HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of platforms, utilizing a wide range of technologies. Current game development is focused on iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, tablet computers, Android TV, and Wearables.
price ($mm)
$1.17
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closed 2/14/2018 via Company Press Release

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Koch Media

synopsis: THQ Nordic AB has acquired 100 percent of Koch Media GmbH, a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products in Europe and North America. Koch Media's business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games. The company has a wide catalogue of 295 games, including 86 owned franchises, such as Darksiders, Titan Quest, MX vs ATV, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans, Aquanox, ELEX, Jagged Alliance, SpellForce, and The Guild. "
target: Koch Media
Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories in Europe and North America. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label.
price ($mm)
$148
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closed 11/17/2017 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Experiment 101 AB

synopsis: THQ Nordic, a company that acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games, has acquired Experiment 101 from Goodbye Kansas, a group of companies that offer integrated services for feature films, TV, commercials, games and game trailers. Experiment 101 is an independent game development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games. The company has a wide catalogue of 270 games, including 85 owned franchises, such as Darksiders, Titan Quest, MX vs ATV, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans, Aquanox, ELEX, Jagged Alliance, SpellForce and The Guild. "
target parent: Goodbye Kansas Entertainment Group
target: Experiment 101 AB
Experiment 101 is an independent game development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. They are a small studio of multi-disciplined developers working as a team without producers or leads, where everyone has a lot of influence and responsibility over the project they make.
price ($mm)
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announced 8/28/2017 via Company Press Release

THQ Nordic AB, will acquire Pieces Interactive AB

synopsis: THQ Nordic AB announces that an agreement has been signed to acquire all shares of the Swedish game development studio Pieces Interactive AB. The studio was established in 2007 and has since then been the contract developer for more than ten different titles for external companies.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games. The company has a wide catalogue of 270 games, including 85 owned franchises, such as Darksiders, Titan Quest, MX vs ATV, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans, Aquanox, ELEX, Jagged Alliance, SpellForce and The Guild. "
target: Pieces Interactive AB
Pieces Interactive AB is a privately held game development studio located in Skövde, Sweden. They are one of the first studios to open doors in the game hub that is now known as Sweden Game Arena. Since 2006, they released over 10 games and DLCs on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS and Android.
price ($mm)
$0.35
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closed 8/23/2017 via BNC Analysis

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Black Forest Games GmbH

synopsis: THQ Nordic has acquired 100 percent of the shares of German game developer Black Forest Games. Formed in 2012, Black Forest Games is a team of 60 highly experienced international professionals that have a proven track record of developing quality games within a wide range of genres.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Founded in 2011, THQ Nordic is a global video game publisher and developer. Based in Vienna, Austria and Karlstad, Sweden with subsidiaries in Germany and the USA, THQ Nordic brands include Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction, Titan Quest and many more. "
target: Black Forest Games GmbH
Formed in 2012, Black Forest Games is a team of 60 highly experienced international professionals that have a proven track record of developing quality games within a wide range of genres. Their strategy is to balance work-for-hire and self-published titles.
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closed 12/7/2016 via Company Press Release

THQ Nordic AB, purchased Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy) from EightPixelsSquare

synopsis: THQ Nordic closed an asset purchase agreement with Mobile Gaming Studios Ltd., and have acquired Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy). Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy) is a third person action-adventure video game inspired by the mythology of Ancient Egypt. Mobile Gaming Studios Ltd., doing business as EightPixelsSquare, is a UK independent games studio.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Founded in 2011, the Vienna/Austria based company THQ Nordic puts great emphasis on its extensive game catalogue. The core portfolio comprises products and brands which have been acquired from various parties (THQ, Atari, and others), and further acquisitions of IPs and trademarks will follow. "
seller: EightPixelsSquare
Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy) is a third person action-adventure video game inspired by the mythology of Ancient Egypt. Mobile Gaming Studios Ltd., doing business as EightPixelsSquare, is a UK independent games studio, based just outside Derby.
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closed 12/7/2016 via Company Press Release

THQ Nordic AB, purchased 3 Titles from Enigma Software Productions S.L.

synopsis: THQ Nordic closed an asset purchase agreement with Enigma Software Productions S.L., and have acquired War Leaders: Clash of Nations and Legends of War. War Leaders: Clash of Nations and Legends of War are turn-based strategy video games. Enigma is a videogame production and development company based in Madrid.
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Founded in 2011, the Vienna/Austria based company THQ Nordic puts great emphasis on its extensive game catalogue. The core portfolio comprises products and brands which have been acquired from various parties (THQ, Atari, and others), and further acquisitions of IPs and trademarks will follow. "
seller: Enigma Software Productions S.L.
War Leaders: Clash of Nations is a turn-based global strategy game bundled with a real-time tactics game mode for PC. Legends of War is a turn-based strategy video game series franchise created in 2010. Enigma is a videogame production and development company based in Madrid.
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closed 6/12/2014 via BNC Analysis

Nordic Games, acquired THQ, Inc.

synopsis: Nordic Games announcted that they have acquired the THQ trademark and will be publishing games under the THQ name. THQ Inc. was a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. Nordic Games had previously acquired numerous parts of the THQ catalog including the Darksiders series.
buyer: Nordic Games (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Founded in 2011, the Vienna, Austria based company Nordic Games GmbH puts great emphasis on its extensive game catalogue. They pursue the long-term goal of delivering quality products that live up to expectations of gamers worldwide. "
target: THQ, Inc. (THQI:$830.84)
THQ Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired KAIKO GmbH

synopsis: THQ Nordic, an Austrian video game publisher, has acquired KAIKO, a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: THQ Nordic AB (OM:THQN B:$596.89)
Austria-based THQ Nordic acquires, develops and publishes PC and console games for the global games market. The company is a major player within game and partner publishing with an extensive catalogue of over 100 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Dead Island, and Darksiders amongst others. "
target: KAIKO GmbH
KAIKO is a video game development company in Germany. KAIKO has over 25 years of development experience and has developed games for a variety of consoles. Their games include Gem'x, Legend of Kay, TNT Racers, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and more.
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closed 7/22/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Tencent Holdings Ltd., acquired Stunlock Studios

synopsis: Tencent has announced it has taken a majority stake in Stunlock Studios. Founded in Skövde in 2010, Stunlock Studios is a Swedish game developer that has developed titles such as Bloodline Champions, Dead Island: Epidemic, and most recently Battlerite Royale.
buyer: Tencent Holdings Ltd. (SEHK:700:$78,710.17)
Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Their communications and social platforms connect users to each other, as well as to digital content and services such as games, video, music and literature. Their infrastructure services create differentiated offerings. "
target: Stunlock Studios
Founded in Skövde in 2010, Stunlock Studios is a Swedish game developer that has developed titles such as Bloodline Champions, Dead Island: Epidemic, and most recently Battlerite Royale.
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closed 7/1/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Nixxes Software B.V.

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) announced that SIE has completed the acquisition of Nixxes Software B.V., an industry-leading Dutch studio with more than 20 years of experience in game development and optimization. Based in Utrecht, Netherlands, Nixxes will join PlayStation Studios Technology, Creative & Services Group.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Nixxes Software B.V.
Nixxes Software B.V. is an industry-leading Dutch studio with more than 20 years of experience in game development and optimization. Nixxes is regarded for their work on handling PC Ports for Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive and Eidos Interactive.
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closed 6/30/2021 via BusinessWire

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Housemarque

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment, a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, has acquired Housemarque, a video game development studio in Finland. Housemarque develops top-notch games with a focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. Their titles include Returnal, Nex Machina, Resogun and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Housemarque
Housemarque is a video game development studio in Finland. Housemarque develops top-notch games with a focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. Their titles include Returnal, Nex Machina, Matterfall, Resogun, Outland, and more.
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closed 6/4/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Facebook, acquired Unit 2 Games

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

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

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

Zordix AB, will acquire Merge Games Ltd.

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

Jam City, will acquire Ludia, Inc.

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

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

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

HandyGames, acquired Massive Miniteam

synopsis: HandyGames, a game developer and publisher in Germany, has acquired Massive Miniteam, an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: HandyGames
HandyGames is a game developer and publisher in Germany. HandyGames has released more than 150 games on a multitude of platforms. The company is focused on developing games for iOS, Android, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, tablet computers, Android TV, and Wearables. "
target: Massive Miniteam
Massive Miniteam is an independent video game developer in Germany. Massive Miniteam creates high-quality indie games for consoles, PC, and mobile devices. Their games and projects include Chicken Police, Spitlings, Little Big Workshop, Can't Drive This, and more.
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closed 5/12/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

THQ Nordic AB, acquired Appeal Studios

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

Amplifier Game Invest, acquired FRAME BREAK AB

synopsis: Amplifier Game Invest, a company that invests in talented game studios, has acquired FRAME BREAK AB, an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Amplifier Game Invest
Amplifier Game Invest seeks out and invests internationally in the most talented game teams and game studios in the business. The goal is to, by contributing game development experience and expertise, build long term success for the companies, and better, more successful games. "
target: FRAME BREAK AB
FRAME BREAK is an indie game studio in Sweden. FRAME BREAK aims to explore novel ideas, discover new genres, and create games that unite new and old players through original experiences. Their titles include Farmech, GRAVIBEAT, and Acrobotics.
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closed 4/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

People Can Fly, acquired Phosphor Games

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

Trophy Games, will acquire Xombat ApS

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

Keywords Studios, acquired Climax Studios

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

Nacon, will acquire Passtech Games

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

CD Projekt RED, will acquire Digital Scapes

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

Visual Concepts, purchased Game Division from HookBang

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

Playrix, acquired Boolat LLC

synopsis: Playrix has acquired Ukrainian-based Boolat Games. Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse.
buyer: Playrix
Playrix is a mobile game development company founded in 2004. They focus on free-to-play games for smartphones and tablets. Their games, Township, Fishdom and Gardenscapes have consistently been among the Top 50 Grossing Apps for iOS and Google Play since their release. "
target: Boolat LLC
Boolat is a game development company formed in 2001, experienced in PC retail, PC casual, PlayStation®3 and social game development. Boolat’s portfolio has dozens of projects, including Lagsters, Topatoi, Harvest Land, and Decurse. They are based in Ukraine.
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closed 3/24/2021 via Reuters

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

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