Like Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

closed 11/23/2021 via Company Press Release

Epic Games, acquired Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Epic games has acquired Harmonix, one of the world's leading independent game development studios that is best known for creating the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises. Harmonix has a track record of creating fun and engaging music experiences designed for everyone to enjoy.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix aspires to be the world’s leading developer of world-class music experiences, using technology in ways that profoundly change the way people experience and interact with music. Harmonix, based in Boston, MA was founded in 1995 and is the developer behind Rock Band and Dance Central.
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Koch Media, will acquire Voxler SAS

synopsis: Embracer Group AB’s indirectly wholly owned subsidiary Koch Media GmbH, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Paris and Marseille based Voxler SAS, a leading developer of music and karaoke games.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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: Voxler SAS
Voxler is made up of an independent team that develops musical video games that have already made more than 2 million players sing and dance in Europe. Voxler is an official developer on all consoles on the market and has several successful musical games to its credit.
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closed 8/21/2019 via BNC Analysis

Big Hit Entertainment, acquired Superb Corp.

synopsis: Big Hit Entertainment, the billion-dollar agency behind K-pop superstars BTS, announced it has acquired the Seoul-based music game company Superb. Since its founding in 2016, Superb has released "Pianista," a rhythm-based game for mobile and Nintendo Switch, and "Yumi’s Cells," a mobile game based on the popular Naver webtoon of the same name.
buyer: Big Hit Entertainment
Big Hit Entertainment, Co. is a South Korean entertainment company established in 2005 by Bang Si-hyuk. It currently manages soloist Lee Hyun and idol groups BTS and TXT. "
target: Superb Corp.
Superb Corp. is a South Korean music video game company. Since its founding in 2016, Superb has released "Pianista," a rhythm-based game for mobile and Nintendo Switch, and "Yumi’s Cells," a mobile game based on popular Naver webtoon of the same name.
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closed 1/18/2017 via BNC Analysis

Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., acquired FreeStyleGames

synopsis: Ubisoft, a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products, has acquired FreeStyleGames, an award winning game development company based in the UK and are the creators of DJ Hero and Guitar Hero Live. They will be renamed as Ubisoft Leamington.
buyer: Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (ENXTPA:UBI:$1,959.78)
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. "
target parent: Activision Blizzard
target: FreeStyleGames
FreeStyleGames™ is an award winning game development company based in the UK and are the creators of DJ Hero and Guitar Hero Live. The company specializes in original intellectual property, focused on mass-market music-rhythm based gaming.
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closed 12/23/2010 via BNC Analysis

Columbus Nova, acquired Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Viacom Inc. has announced that it has sold Harmonix Music Systems to Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Columbus Nova, LLC. Harmonix is the leading maker of music-based games including the Rock Band music video game franchise.
buyer: Columbus Nova
Founded in 2000, Columbus Nova is a multi-strategy investment firm managing over $10.0 billion of assets through its own funds and affiliated portfolio companies. "
target parent: Viacom Inc.
target: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix is a videogame development company. The company specializes in music-based games and is renowned for groundbreaking design innovation. Harmonix began to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music.
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closed 8/17/2010 via Company Press Release

Zynga, Inc., acquired Conduit Labs Inc.

synopsis: Zynga announced it has acquired Boston-based social games company Conduit Labs. Effective immediately, the Conduit Labs office will become Zynga Boston, a new game studio focused on new product development.
buyer: Zynga, Inc. (ZNGA:$2,251.30)
Zynga has over 230 million monthly active users playing its games. These games include FarmVille, Treasure Isle, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Café World, FishVille and PetVille, which are available on Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo! and the iPhone. "
target: Conduit Labs Inc.
Conduit Labs is the largest provider of music games on the web, creating a new model for monetizing music and other media through fun social games. Conduit Labs is the largest holder of music rights of any music games company.
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closed 9/12/2008 via PR Newswire

Activision Blizzard, acquired FreeStyleGames

synopsis: Further strengthening its development resources and underscoring its commitment to the music-based genre, Activision Publishing, Inc. announced that it has acquired FreeStyleGames, a premier U.K.-based video game developer specializing in music-based games.
buyer parent: Vivendi Universal S.A.
buyer: Activision Blizzard (ATVI:$8,938.00)
Activision Blizzard, Inc. is a worldwide pure-play online and console game publisher with leading market positions across all categories of the rapidly growing interactive entertainment software industry. "
target: FreeStyleGames
FreeStyleGames™ is a groundbreaking game development company. The company specialises in multi-platform and mass-market, music based gaming. Our teams enjoy fun & adventurous lifestyles, which enables us to deliver fresh & innovative intellectual property.
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closed 10/27/2006 via PR Newswire

MTV Networks, acquired Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

synopsis: MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc, announced that on October 27, 2006, it closed its $175 million acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., the developer of the PlayStation 2 hit Guitar Hero and other music gaming titles. The Company announced it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Harmonix on September 22, 2006.
buyer parent: Viacom Inc.
buyer: MTV Networks
MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and TNN, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services. "
target: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix is a videogame development company. The company specializes in music-based games and is renowned for groundbreaking design innovation. Harmonix began not to develop videogames, but rather to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music.
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announced 4/6/2020 via BNC Analysis

Apple, Inc., will acquire NextVR

synopsis: Apple is in the process of acquiring virtual-reality video-streaming service NextVR. NextVR is the world’s best virtual reality platform for delivering live sports and music in VR to fans globally. The company has patented technology that delivers an unparalleled VR experience providing fans extraordinary access and profound immersion.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$347,155.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: NextVR
NextVR is the world’s best virtual reality platform for delivering live sports and music in VR to fans globally. Launched in 2009, the company has patented technology that delivers an unparalleled VR experience providing fans extraordinary access and profound immersion.
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closed 10/13/2010 via BusinessWire

Atrinsic, acquired KaZaA BV

synopsis: Atrinsic, Inc., announced that it entered into an agreement with Brilliant Digital to acquire its Kazaa assets. Kazaa is a subscription-based digital music service that gives users unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of CD-quality tracks $2.99 million .
buyer: Atrinsic (ATRN:$0.00)
Atrinsic is one of the leading digital advertising and marketing services companies in the United States. Atrinsic’s content is organized into four strategic content groups - digital music, casual games, interactive contests, and communities/lifestyles. "
target: KaZaA BV
Kazaa has a long history of music delivery on the web. In the early days we provided the only legal means for record labels to distribute and profit from music in a P2P environment. They gave users the ability to download legal music in Kazaa.
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closed 11/25/2020 via BNC Analysis

Snap Inc., acquired Voisey

synopsis: Snapchat, an American camera and social media company, has acquired Voisey, an app that connects singers, songwriters, artists, and producers through collaborative songwriting. The app allows users to record, publish, and share.
buyer: Snap Inc. (SNAP:$2,813.73)
Snap Inc. is a camera company. They believe that reinventing the camera represents their greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Their products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. "
target: Voisey
Voisey is an app that connects singers, songwriters, artists, and producers through collaborative songwriting. The app allows users to record, publish, and share.
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closed 7/15/2020 via BNC Analysis

Syco Entertainment, acquired Syco Entertainment

synopsis: Simon Cowell has bought out Sony Music Entertainment’s 75% share in their joint venture Syco Holdings, which owns TV formats such as “Got Talent” and “The X Factor.” Syco Holdings, to be renamed Syco Entertainment, retains ownership of all the company’s television formats.
buyer: Syco Entertainment
Simon Cowell executive produces and serves as a judge on NBC’s highly popular alternative series “America’s Got Talent” and “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” Cowell is a record company executive, television and film producer and global entertainment icon. "
target parent: Sony Corporation
target: Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, is one of the world’s leading global music, television and film production companies, responsible for some of the most successful global entertainment franchises. Syco’s television assets include Got Talent and The X Factor.
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closed 7/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Deezer, acquired MUGO Inc.

synopsis: Deezer, an online music streaming service in France, has acquired MUGO, a social music app in Israel. MUGO's LIVE share feature allows users to instantly share and listen to songs with friends. The app helps users to keep up to date with what everybody is listening to and enables them to discover new music by connecting to other nearby MUGO users.
buyer: Deezer
Deezer is an online music streaming service in France. Deezer allows users to stream music anywhere, anytime across all devices, both online and offline. The platform offers over 56 million tracks and provides users with personalized recommendations for artists and songs they'll love. "
target: MUGO Inc.
MUGO is a social music app in Israel. MUGO's LIVE share feature allows users to instantly share and listen to songs with friends. The app helps users to keep up to date with what everybody is listening to and enables them to discover new music by connecting to other nearby MUGO users.
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closed 2/20/2019 via BNC Analysis

KeyHolder, Inc., acquired Foolenlarge

synopsis: KeyHolder, a Japanese company engaged in the amusement, real estate, and commercial facility construction businesses, has acquired Foolenlarge, a video production company in Japan. Foolenlarge is involved with the planning and production of TV shows, movies, dramas, commercials, and music videos.
buyer: KeyHolder, Inc. (JASDAQ:4712:$117.42)
KeyHolder is a Japanese company engaged in the amusement, real estate, and commercial facility construction businesses. Through its subsidiaries the company operates a real estate sales business, a live music club, produces TV programs, and produces live entertainment. "
target: Foolenlarge
Founded in 2008, Foolenlarge is a video production company in Japan. Foolenlarge is involved with the planning and production of TV shows, movies, dramas, commercials, and music videos.
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announced 6/6/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Williamsville Sears Management Inc., will acquire Buds Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: Williamsville Sears Management Inc., a diversified holding corporation, will acquire Buds Entertainment Inc., a Canadian Entertainment Group focused on film and music production. Buds Entertainment's diverse services include, but are not limited to, music, video production, audio engineering and production.
buyer: Williamsville Sears Management Inc. (OTCPK:WSML:$0.00)
Williamsville Sears Management is a diversified holding corporation. The group operates its own assets through a range of subsidiary companies under its purview. The group’s primary focus is in real estate, mining, media, transportation, entertainment and technology. "
target: Buds Entertainment Inc.
Buds Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian Entertainment Group focused on film and music production. Their diverse services include, but are not limited to, music, video production, audio engineering and production.
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closed 3/21/2018 via GlobeNewswire

One Horizon Group, acquired C-Rod, Inc.

synopsis: One Horizon Group, a reseller of secure messaging software, has completed the acquisition of C-Rod, Inc., along with its record label and media content division (collectively, the “C-Rod Companies”). C-Rod, Inc. is a premier music production company.
buyer: One Horizon Group (OHGI:$1.09)
Based in the United Kingdom, One Horizon Group, Inc. is a reseller of secure messaging software for the growing gaming, security and education markets including in China and Hong Kong. "
target: C-Rod, Inc.
C-Rod, Inc. is a premier music production company. C-Rod has worked with superstar artists including Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias and Pet Shop Boys and its music productions and remixes are consistently at the top of the Billboard charts.
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announced 1/19/2018 via BusinessWire

TPG Growth, will acquire TRACE Company

synopsis: TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in TRACE, the market leader in afro-urban music and entertainment.
buyer parent: TPG Capital
buyer: TPG Growth
TPG Growth is the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, the global private investment firm. With over $8.3 billion of assets under management, TPG Growth targets investments in a broad range of industries and geographies. "
target parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
target: TRACE Company
TRACE is a global multi-platform media and entertainment company that connects with multicultural audiences through premium afro urban music and content across 21 pay TV channels, radios, motion picture, online and mobile services in over 160 countries to 200M viewers and listeners.
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closed 1/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Ivan Tavrin, acquired UTH Russia Limited

synopsis: Ivan Tavrin, one of the first people to begin developing the media industry in Russia, has acquired UTH Russia from USM Holdings, a company that consolidates the various investments and holdings of Alisher Usmanov. UTH Russia is a TV broadcasting company in Russia that operates the U Channel, the Disney Channel, and the MUZ-TV Channel.
buyer: Ivan Tavrin
Ivan Tavrin was one of the first to begin developing the media industry in Russia and has more than 15 years of success behind him. Ivan has pioneered a whole range of successful Russian media companies including the Regional Media Group, Media One, Vybery Radio and TV-3. "
target parent: USM Holdings
target: UTH Russia Limited
UTH Russia is a TV broadcasting company in Russia. The company operates the U Channel, the Disney Channel, and the MUZ-TV Channel. U Channel is a TV channel aimed at women, Disney Channel is a family TV channel that offers classic Walt Disney animations, and MUZ-TV Channel is a music TV channel.
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closed 9/24/2018 via BusinessWire

Apple, Inc., acquired Shazam Entertainment Ltd

synopsis: Apple has acquired Shazam, an app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device. Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, downloaded over a billion times and used by hundreds of millions of people each month to connect to the world around them.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$347,155.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: Shazam Entertainment Ltd
Shazam is an app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device. The software is available for Windows, macOS and smartphones.
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$400
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closed 11/9/2017 via DGAP

Eventim, acquired Friends and Partners

synopsis: CTS Eventim, one of the leading international providers of Ticketing and Live Entertainment, acquired 60 percent of the shares in Friends and Partners, one of the leading providers of Ticketing, Live Entertainment and Music TV productions in Italy.
buyer: Eventim (XTRA:EVD:$726.25)
CTS Eventim is one of the leading international providers of ticketing services and live entertainment. More than 150 million tickets for over 200,000 events are marketed annually using the company's systems - be it through stationary box offices, online or from mobile devices. "
target: Friends and Partners
Friends and Partners was founded as the F&P Group in 2001 and is one of the leading providers of Live Entertainment and Music TV productions in Italy. F&P Group has sold more than six million tickets to more than 1,500 shows, generating annual revenues of around 80 million Euro on average.
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closed 11/23/2021 via Company Press Release

Epic Games, acquired Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Epic games has acquired Harmonix, one of the world's leading independent game development studios that is best known for creating the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises. Harmonix has a track record of creating fun and engaging music experiences designed for everyone to enjoy.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix aspires to be the world’s leading developer of world-class music experiences, using technology in ways that profoundly change the way people experience and interact with music. Harmonix, based in Boston, MA was founded in 1995 and is the developer behind Rock Band and Dance Central.
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closed 12/23/2010 via BNC Analysis

Columbus Nova, acquired Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Viacom Inc. has announced that it has sold Harmonix Music Systems to Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Columbus Nova, LLC. Harmonix is the leading maker of music-based games including the Rock Band music video game franchise.
buyer: Columbus Nova
Founded in 2000, Columbus Nova is a multi-strategy investment firm managing over $10.0 billion of assets through its own funds and affiliated portfolio companies. "
target parent: Viacom Inc.
target: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix is a videogame development company. The company specializes in music-based games and is renowned for groundbreaking design innovation. Harmonix began to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music.
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closed 10/27/2006 via PR Newswire

MTV Networks, acquired Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

synopsis: MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc, announced that on October 27, 2006, it closed its $175 million acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., the developer of the PlayStation 2 hit Guitar Hero and other music gaming titles. The Company announced it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Harmonix on September 22, 2006.
buyer parent: Viacom Inc.
buyer: MTV Networks
MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and TNN, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services. "
target: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix is a videogame development company. The company specializes in music-based games and is renowned for groundbreaking design innovation. Harmonix began not to develop videogames, but rather to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music.
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closed 11/23/2021 via Company Press Release

Epic Games, acquired Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Epic games has acquired Harmonix, one of the world's leading independent game development studios that is best known for creating the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises. Harmonix has a track record of creating fun and engaging music experiences designed for everyone to enjoy.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix aspires to be the world’s leading developer of world-class music experiences, using technology in ways that profoundly change the way people experience and interact with music. Harmonix, based in Boston, MA was founded in 1995 and is the developer behind Rock Band and Dance Central.
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closed 7/22/2021 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Sketchfab

synopsis: New York-based startup Sketchfab has been acquired by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite and Unreal Engine. Sketchfab has been building a platform to upload, download, view, share, sell and buy 3D assets. Essentially, it is the leading repository for 3D files on the web.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Sketchfab
Sketchfab, Inc. operates a platform for publishing, discovering, and sharing three-dimensional renderings of objects and content. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, New York with an additional office in Paris.
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closed 3/10/2021 via Company Press Release

Epic Games, acquired Capturing Reality

synopsis: Capturing Reality, creator of RealityCapture, the state-of-the-art photogrammetric software for 3D scans, has been acquired by Epic Games, a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Capturing Reality
Capturing Reality is a software development house based in Slovakia, which develops RealityCapture. Create geo-referenced maps, orthographic projections, virtual reality scenes, movie assets, textured 3D meshes and much more from images and/or laser scans completely automatically.
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closed 3/3/2021 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Tonic Games Group

synopsis: Epic Games announced the acquisition of Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic. In addition to Mediatonic, Tonic Games Group includes publishing label The Irregular Corporation (Murder by Numbers, PC Building Simulator) and start-up studio Fortitude Games.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: Tonic Games Group
Tonic Games Group is the parent company of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout developer Mediatonic. In addition to Mediatonic, Tonic Games Group includes publishing label The Irregular Corporation (Murder by Numbers, PC Building Simulator) and start-up studio Fortitude Games.
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closed 1/7/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Epic Games, acquired RAD Game Tools, Inc.

synopsis: Epic Games, a leading interactive entertainment company, has acquired RAD Game Tools, a provider of video game development tools. RAD Game Tools offers a variety of programs for game developers, including the Bink video codec, Oodle data compression, and Telemetry performance visualization. They also offer tools for 3D animation and audio.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: RAD Game Tools, Inc.
RAD Game Tools is a provider of video game development tools. RAD Game Tools offers a variety of programs for game developers, including the Bink video codec, Oodle data compression, and Telemetry performance visualization. They also offer tools for 3D animation and audio.
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closed 9/25/2020 via BusinessWire

Epic Games, acquired SuperAwesome

synopsis: Epic Games has acquired UK-based SuperAwesome, a pioneer in the kidtech market. SuperAwesome gives developers the tools to create safer digital experiences for younger audiences. Together Epic Games and SuperAwesome will build a wide range of kid-safe services.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content. "
target: SuperAwesome
UK-based SuperAwesome is a pioneer in the kidtech market. SuperAwesome's Kids Web Services (KWS) platform is a parental consent management toolkit that makes it easier for developers to build experiences for users of all ages.
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closed 3/12/2020 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Cubic Motion

synopsis: Epic Games has acquired Cubic Motion, the studio whose facial animation tech has powered the likes of God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Cubic Motion was founded in 2009 and has grown to become the leading provider of automated performance-driven facial animation to the global video games market.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
target: Cubic Motion
Cubic Motion was founded in 2009 and has grown to become the leading provider of automated performance-driven facial animation to the global video games market. The company has a reputation for ultra-high quality, and an extensive list of triple-A clients.
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closed 11/13/2019 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Quixel

synopsis: Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games, acquired Quixel, a Swedish company that created Megascans, Bridge and Mixer — a unique 3D asset library and two companion applications for 3D art creation.
buyer: Epic Games
Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
target: Quixel
Headquartered in Sweden, Quixel created Megascans, Bridge and Mixer — a unique 3D asset library and two companion applications for 3D art creation. With these products, their community of users creates amazing 3D art for videogames, movies, architecture visualization and more.
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closed 6/12/2019 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Houseparty

synopsis: The group video chat app Houseparty has been acquired by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite. Houseparty lets up to eight people join a video chat together. The app, available for iOS, Android, MacOS, and as a Chrome extension, offers a social network for video chatting.
buyer: Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
target: Houseparty
Houseparty is a group video chat app launched in 2016. Houseparty is an app operated by San Francisco-based Life on Air Inc., which was founded by a team of Israeli entrepreneurs. The app, available for iOS, Android, MacOS, and as a Chrome extension, offers a social network for video chatting.
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closed 5/22/2019 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, purchased Twinmotion from Abvent Group

synopsis: Epic Games announced the acquisition of visualization tool Twinmotion. Originally developed by Abvent, Twinmotion is a visualisation toolkit used for architecture, construction, urban planning, and landscaping. With Twinmotion, users can transform their building models into a compelling real-time experience.
buyer: Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
seller: Abvent Group
Originally developed by Abvent, Twinmotion is a visualisation toolkit used for architecture, construction, urban planning, and landscaping. With Twinmotion, users can transform their Building Information Modelling (BIM) or Computer-aided design (CAD) model into a compelling real-time experience.
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announced 5/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, will acquire Psyonix Inc.

synopsis: Epic Games, a leading video game developer, will acquire Psyonix, a critically-acclaimed video game developer. Psyonix are leading experts in Unreal Engine technology and multiplayer gaming. They are best know for their award-winning sports-action game, Rocket League. Psyonix has also worked on games such as Gears of War, Mass Effect 3, and more.
buyer: Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
target: Psyonix Inc.
Psyonix is a critically-acclaimed video game developer. Psyonix are leading experts in Unreal Engine technology and multiplayer gaming. They are best know for their award-winning sports-action game, Rocket League. Psyonix has also worked on games such as Gears of War, Mass Effect 3, and more.
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closed 1/23/2019 via gamesindustry.biz

Epic Games, acquired 3Lateral

synopsis: Epic Games, a leading video game developer, has acquired 3Lateral, a Serbia-based graphics firm that has worked on many famous video games. 3Lateral develops technologies that allow digitization of human appearance and motion at unprecedented level of realism. Their services include character concept, character rigging, character modeling and more.
buyer: Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
target: 3Lateral
3Lateral is a Serbia-based graphics firm that has worked on many famous video games. 3Lateral develops technologies that allow digitization of human appearance and motion at unprecedented level of realism. Their services include character concept, character rigging, character modeling, and more.
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closed 12/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired SkookumScript

synopsis: Agog Labs, the developer of SkookumScript for Unreal Engine 4, has been acquired by Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games.
buyer: Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
target: SkookumScript
Agog Labs is the developer of SkookumScript, a programming language and tool suite dedicated to the creation of game-play in video games. Agog Labs is a member of VIATEC, DigiBC, the International Game Developers Association, and the BC Innovation Council Venture Acceleration Program.
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closed 10/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Epic Games, acquired Kamu

synopsis: “Fortnite” developer Epic Games acquired game security and player services company Kamu. Founded in 2013, Kamu is the creator of Easy Anti-Cheat, a service currently used by over 100 million PC players globally.
buyer: Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic's Unreal Engine technology brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web. "
target: Kamu
Founded in 2013, Kamu is the creator of Easy Anti-Cheat, a service currently used by over 100 million PC players globally. Kamu helps developers create beautiful game experiences that last by providing category defining live services in game security, gameplay analytics, and game management.
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closed 10/29/2021 via BNC Analysis

Activision Blizzard, acquired Digital Legends Entertainment S.L.

synopsis: Activision Blizzard, an interactive entertainment company, has acquired Digital Legends Entertainment, one of the world's leading high-end mobile game developers. Digital Legends delivers superb gaming experiences to phones and tablets. Their titles include The Respawnables, Afterpulse, miCoach Basketball, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Kroll and more.
buyer: Activision Blizzard (ATVI:$8,938.00)
Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. Activision Blizzard develops and publishes games based on some of the most beloved entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and World of Warcraft. "
target: Digital Legends Entertainment S.L.
Digital Legends Entertainment is one of the world's leading high-end mobile game developers. Digital Legends delivers superb gaming experiences to smart phones, tablets and connected TVs. Their titles include The Respawnables, Afterpulse, miCoach Basketball, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Kroll and more.
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announced 10/29/2021 via Company Press Release

KRAFTON, Inc., will acquire Unknown Worlds Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: KRAFTON, Inc., a South Korean game development company, will acquire Unknown Worlds Entertainment, an independent game studio that aims to unite the world through play. Unknown Worlds creates fun and immersive experiences that resonate with gamers around the world. Their titles include Zen of Sudoku, Natural Selection, Subnautica, and more.
buyer: KRAFTON, Inc. (:$1,392.53)
KRAFTON is a South Korean game development company. KRAFTON creates games for PC and mobile devices through it's various game studios. They are best known for PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, a battle royal shooter. The company also develops and publishes MMORPGs and mobile games. "
target: Unknown Worlds Entertainment Inc.
Unknown Worlds Entertainment is an independent game studio that aims to unite the world through play. Unknown Worlds creates fun and immersive experiences that resonate with gamers around the world. Their titles include Zen of Sudoku, Natural Selection, Subnautica, and more.
price ($mm)
$500
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closed 10/22/2021 via Company Press Release

CD Projekt S.A., acquired The Molasses Flood

synopsis: CD PROJEKT, a Polish video game developer, publisher and distributor, has acquired The Molasses Flood, a video game development studio. The Molasses Flood is dedicated to making console and PC games that live at the intersection of systems and heart. Their titles include The Flame in the Flood and Drake Hollow.
buyer: CD Projekt S.A. (WSE:CDR:$564.95)
CD Projekt S.A. is a group of companies in Poland that consists of CD Projekt RED, a game development studio; and GOG Ltd., a digital videogame distribution platform. CD Projekt RED is the studio behind The Witcher series, a popular RPG video game. GOG offers games from a variety of publishers. "
target: The Molasses Flood
The Molasses Flood is a video game development studio. The Molasses Flood is dedicated to making console and PC games that live at the intersection of systems and heart. Their titles include The Flame in the Flood and Drake Hollow.
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closed 9/29/2021 via BNC Analysis

NetFlix, acquired Night School Studio

synopsis: Night School Studio, the independent game developer known for narrative-driven titles like Oxenfree, announced it has been acquired by Netflix, the world's leading Internet entertainment platform. Oxenfree is a supernatural mystery graphic adventure game.
buyer: NetFlix (NFLX:$28,632.97)
Netflix is the world's leading Internet entertainment platform with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime and anywhere."
target: Night School Studio
Night School Studio, LLC is an American independent video game developer and publisher founded on June 6, 2014, and is based in Glendale, California. After the founding of the company, the team started development on their debut, Oxenfree, a supernatural mystery graphic adventure game.
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closed 9/24/2021 via BNC Analysis

Signature Devices, Inc., acquired Graffiti Entertainment, Inc.

synopsis: Signature Devices, Inc., a company that designs, creates and develops devices, software and cloud infrastructure software for the Internet of Things world, has acquired a majority interest in Graffiti Entertainment, LLC, a company that develops interactive entertainment software and video games for entertainment consoles.
buyer: Signature Devices, Inc. (SDVI:$0.37)
Signature Devices designs, creates and develops devices, software and cloud infrastructure software for the Internet of Things world. "
target: Graffiti Entertainment, Inc.
Graffiti Entertainment, LLC develops interactive entertainment software and video games for entertainment consoles. The company was founded in 2006.
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announced 9/8/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, will acquire Firesprite Limited

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) announced that SIE has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Firesprite Games, the UK-based videogame studio with a history of developing highly-polished showpieces for cutting-edge hardware. Firesprite has a strong record of developing showcase games for PlayStation console and peripheral launches.
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: Firesprite Limited
Firesprite Games is a UK-based videogame studio with a history of developing highly-polished showpieces for cutting-edge hardware. Firesprite has a strong record of developing showcase games for PlayStation console and peripheral launches, such as The Playroom (PS4) and The Playroom VR (PS VR).
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closed 9/2/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Thunderful, acquired Stage Clear Studios

synopsis: Thunderful Games, a Swedish games publisher, has acquired Stage Clear Studios, an indie game development studio in Spain. Stage Clear Studios develops fun and good looking games that everyone can enjoy. They also offer full game development and console porting services. Their games include The Coma: Recut, Cloudpunk, Yesterday Origins, and more.
buyer: Thunderful (OM:THUNDR:$351.30)
Based in Sweden, Thunderful AB was founded as a parent company to Gothenburg, Sweden-based game development studios Image & Form International AB and Zoink AB, two of the most successful veterans in the Swedish gaming industry. Thunderful is a veritable video-gaming powerhouse on all platforms. "
target: Stage Clear Studios
Stage Clear Studios is an independent game development studio in Spain. Stage Clear Studios develops fun and good looking games that everyone can enjoy. They also offer full game development and console porting services. Their games include The Coma: Recut, Cloudpunk, Yesterday Origins, and more.
price ($mm)
$1.18
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closed 8/19/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Saber Interactive, acquired Fractured Byte

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Fractured Byte through Saber Interactive, an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Developer and porting specialist Fractured Byte is based in Estonia, with around 50 employees spread across its headquarters in Tallinn and three locations in Ukraine.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Founded in 2001, Saber has grown into one of the largest and longest-standing developers of interactive games in Russia/Eastern Europe and one of the few remaining independent game studios producing AAA content. "
target: Fractured Byte
Developer and porting specialist Fractured Byte is based in Estonia, with around 50 employees spread across its headquarters in Tallinn and three locations in Ukraine.
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closed 8/19/2021 via Company Press Release

Saber Interactive, acquired SmartPhone Labs

synopsis: Embracer Group, through its wholly owned subsidiary Saber Interactive Inc., has acquired 100 percent of the shares in Russian-based SmartPhone Labs (”SPL”), an independent software testing and games development company for mobile, PC, consoles and VR, from its founders.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Founded in 2001, Saber has grown into one of the largest and longest-standing developers of interactive games in Russia/Eastern Europe and one of the few remaining independent game studios producing AAA content. "
target: SmartPhone Labs
Russia-based SmartPhone Labs (SPL) is an independent software testing and games development company for mobile, PC, consoles and VR. They focus on modern production and testing practices and have extensive experience working with Unity, custom C++ engines, VR and backend systems.
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closed 8/18/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Dream Sports, acquired Rolocule

synopsis: Dream Sports, a leading sports technology company in India, has acquired Rolocule Games, an award winning mobile games company in India. Rolocule develops top quality midcore games that are played & loved by millions of consumers in 110+ countries. Their titles include Flick Tennis, Dance Party, Dead Among Us, Super Badminton, and more.
buyer: Dream Sports
Dream Sports is a leading sports technology company in India. Dream Sports provides multiple avenues for fans to deeply engage with the sports they love through fantasy sports, content, commerce, experiences and events. Their Dream11 platform is India's biggest fantasy sports platform. "
target: Rolocule
Rolocule is an award winning mobile games company in India. Rolocule develops top quality midcore games that are played & loved by millions of consumers in 110+ countries. Their titles include Flick Tennis, Dance Party, Dead Among Us, Super Badminton, and more.
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closed 8/18/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Altor Equity Partners, acquired Raw Fury

synopsis: Altor, a Nordic private equity fund focused on investing in medium sized companies, has acquired a majority stake in Raw Fury, an independent video game publisher in Sweden. Raw Fury specializes in publishing indie games that provide impactful and powerful experiences. Their games include Townscaper, Sable, Norco, Wolfstride, Backbone, and more.
buyer: Altor Equity Partners
Altor is a family of private equity funds focused on investing in and developing medium sized companies in the Nordics and the DACH-region. They want to create enduring values and make a real difference as a valuable partner for owners and managers in building world class companies. "
target: Raw Fury
Raw Fury is an independent video game publisher in Sweden. Raw Fury specializes in publishing indie games that provide impactful and powerful experiences. Their games include Townscaper, Sable, Norco, Wolfstride, Backbone, GoNNER2, and more.
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closed 8/11/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Thunderful, acquired To The Sky

synopsis: Thunderful Group, a Swedish games publisher, has acquired To The Sky, a video game development studio in Sweden. To The Sky is a studio composed of several industry veterans and is led by Jugo Mirkovic, a former EA development director.
buyer: Thunderful (OM:THUNDR:$351.30)
Based in Sweden, Thunderful AB was founded as a parent company to Gothenburg, Sweden-based game development studios Image & Form International AB and Zoink AB, two of the most successful veterans in the Swedish gaming industry. Thunderful is a veritable video-gaming powerhouse on all platforms. "
target: To The Sky
To The Sky is a video game development studio in Sweden. To The Sky is a studio composed of several industry veterans and is led by Jugo Mirkovic, a former EA development director.
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closed 8/5/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Focus Home Interactive, acquired Dotemu

synopsis: Focus Home Interactive, a video game publisher and developer in France, has acquired a 77.5% stake in Dotemu, a video game developer and publisher in France that specializes in retrogaming. The company brings back the best games from the past on the most recent platforms. Their games include Streets of Rage 4, Another World, R-Type II, and more.
buyer: Focus Home Interactive (ENXTPA:ALFOC:$201.15)
Focus Home Interactive SA is a French independent video game publisher and developer based in Paris, France. Founded in 1996, Focus has published and distributed original titles such as Sherlock Holmes, TrackMania, Runaway and sports games like Cycling Manager and Virtual Skipper. "
target: Dotemu
Dotemu is a video game developer and publisher in France. Dotemu specializes in retrogaming. The company brings back the best games from the past on the most recent platforms. Their games include Streets of Rage 4, Another World, R-Type II, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, and more.
price ($mm)
$46*
rev ($mm)
$17
EBITDA ($mm)
$7
EV / rev
4.4x
EV / EBITDA
11.0x
closed 8/2/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Nacon, acquired crea-ture Studios

synopsis: Nacon, a French video game company, is acquiring crea-ture Studios, an independent video game studio in the Montréal area dedicated in bringing original IP’s to niche markets. They are the developer of Session, a skateboarding video game for Windows, Xbox and Playstation.
buyer: Nacon (ENXTPA:BIG:$205.68)
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: crea-ture Studios
crea-ture Studios is an independent videogame studio in the Montréal area dedicated in bringing original IP’s to niche markets. They are the developer of Session, a skateboarding video game for Windows, Xbox and Playstation.
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closed 7/30/2021 via Company Press Release

Koch Media, acquired DigixArt

synopsis: Koch Media GmbH, a leading Austrian producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories, has acquired DigixArt, a France-based game development studio. The acquisition will allow DigixArt to grow its team and continue to focus on creating innovative, narrative games.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
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, videogames and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: DigixArt
Based in France, Digixart is an award-winning games development studio. With experience in mobile, PC and console games development, DigixArt is the creative force behind critically acclaimed titles “Lost in Harmony”, “11-11 Memories Retold,” and “Road 96”.
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closed 7/29/2021 via Company Press Release

Animoca Brands, acquired Blowfish Studios

synopsis: Animoca Brands, a mobile game developer in Hong Kong, has acquired Blowfish Studios, an independent game development and publishing studio in Australia. Blowfish creates best-in-class interactive experiences that focus on high-end 3D visuals and creative gameplay. Their titles include Blackwind, Base One, KungFu Kickball, and more.
buyer: Animoca Brands (ASX:AB1:$8.69)
Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands leverages gamification, blockchain, and AI technologies to develop and publish a broad portfolio of mobile products including games such as The Sandbox and Crazy Kings as well as products based on popular intellectual properties such as Garfield and Thomas & Friends. "
target: Blowfish Studios
Blowfish Studios is an an independent game development and publishing studio in Australia. Blowfish creates best-in-class interactive experiences that focus on high-end 3D visuals and creative gameplay. Their titles include Blackwind, Base One, KungFu Kickball, and more.
price ($mm)
$6.63
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EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
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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.
price ($mm)
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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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Employees
158
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Ticker: GS:ADNC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Audience, Inc.
Audience, Inc.
Audience is the leader in advanced voice and audio processing for mobile devices. Its technologies, based in auditory neuroscience, improve the mobile voice experience, as well as enhance speech-based services and audio quality for multimedia.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$148.86
EBITDA ($mm)
($3.22)
EBIT ($mm)
($7.29)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
329
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Ticker: BSE:543280
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Nazara is a well established mobile content platform provider and games publisher with HQ's in India and Offices in Dubai, London, Africa & Singapore. They specialize in bringing branded properties to the mobile consumers in the most effective way, maximizing revenues as well as promoting brands.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$61.22
EBITDA ($mm)
$6.10
EBIT ($mm)
$1.31
Net Income ($mm)
$1.25
Employees
150
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Ticker: LYV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts and Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$4,513.24
EBITDA ($mm)
($862.59)
EBIT ($mm)
($1,319.68)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
10500
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Ticker: XTRA:ERMK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment Aktiengesellschaft (DEAG) is a leading entertainment service company and a provider of Live Entertainment in Europe with subsidiaries in its core markets. DEAG produces and profitably organises a broad range of live entertainment events and concerts.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$226.23
EBITDA ($mm)
$4.94
EBIT ($mm)
$3.91
Net Income ($mm)
$2.91
Employees
219
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Ticker: JASDAQ:4712
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KeyHolder, Inc.
KeyHolder, Inc.
KeyHolder is a Japanese company engaged in the amusement, real estate, and commercial facility construction businesses. Through its subsidiaries the company operates a real estate sales business, a live music club, produces TV programs, and produces live entertainment.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$117.42
EBITDA ($mm)
$2.09
EBIT ($mm)
($0.44)
Net Income ($mm)
$8.50
Employees
87
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Ticker: HLSE:NXTGMS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next Games Oy
Next Games Oy
Next Games is a mobile game developer focused on creating visually impressive, highly engaging games. Their mission is to be a trendsetter in developing engaging and social mobile games based on entertainment franchises, such as movies TV shows and books.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$44.24
EBITDA ($mm)
$3.32
EBIT ($mm)
$2.48
Net Income ($mm)
$5.12
Employees
93
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Ticker: GB:MFP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Music Festivals plc
Music Festivals plc
Music Festivals plc is focused on the ownership, development, and production of music festivals. The Group wholly owns three summer music festivals, the Festival Internacional de Benicassim in Spain, the Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent, England, and the Feis Festival in Finsbury Park, London.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
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Ticker: KNM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Konami Corporation
Konami Corporation
Konami Corporation develops, publishes, markets, and distributes video game software products for stationary and portable consoles, as well as for use on personal computers. It operates in three segments: Digital Entertainment, Gaming & Systems, and Health & Fitness.
year
2012
rev ($mm)
$265,758.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$51,370.00
EBIT ($mm)
$41,292.00
Net Income ($mm)
$23,012.00
Employees
5362
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Ticker: SEHK:700
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Tencent Holdings Limited is an investment holding company involved in providing internet and mobile value-added services (VAS), online advertising services and e-commerce transactions services
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$78,710.17
EBITDA ($mm)
$28,011.62
EBIT ($mm)
$20,392.54
Net Income ($mm)
$27,620.00
Employees
89228
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Ticker: TSE:7974
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nintendo
Nintendo
Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world's largest video game company by revenue.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$15,905.43
EBITDA ($mm)
$5,443.81
EBIT ($mm)
$5,349.32
Net Income ($mm)
$3,988.30
Employees
6200
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Ticker: NTES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc.
NetEase, Inc. is a leading internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops some of China’s most popular PC-client and mobile games, e-commerce businesses, advertising and e-mail services.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$10,750.03
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,998.42
EBIT ($mm)
$1,637.88
Net Income ($mm)
$1,273.77
Employees
23687
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Ticker: ATVI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. Activision Blizzard develops and publishes games based on some of the most beloved entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and World of Warcraft.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$8,938.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$3,387.00
EBIT ($mm)
$3,235.00
Net Income ($mm)
$2,609.00
Employees
9500
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Ticker: NasdaqGS:EA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Electronic Arts Inc.
Electronic Arts Inc.
Electronic Arts (EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$5,629.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,227.00
EBIT ($mm)
$1,046.00
Net Income ($mm)
$837.00
Employees
9800
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Ticker: TTWO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software develops and distributes games for PCs, as well as for Sony PlayStation, Nintendo, and SEGA game consoles. The company has distribution operations in Australia, North America, Europe, Scandinavia, and the UK. Other titles include Fly!, Earthworm Jim 3-D, and Darkstone.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$3,372.77
EBITDA ($mm)
$759.29
EBIT ($mm)
$670.74
Net Income ($mm)
$588.89
Employees
6495
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Ticker: SGAMY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sega Sammy Holdings Inc.
Sega Sammy Holdings Inc.
The SEGA SAMMY Group is involved in a wide range of business operations, encompassing Sammy’s pachislot and pachinko machine business; entertainment contents business focused on SEGA Group’s digital game business; and resort business, which is represented by the development and operation of hotels.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$3,024.74
EBITDA ($mm)
$300.70
EBIT ($mm)
$110.24
Net Income ($mm)
$24.10
Employees
7726
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Ticker: TSE:3659
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEXON Co., Ltd.
NEXON Co., Ltd.
Based in Japan, NEXON Co. is a global leader in online games, with more than 100 live games operated across more than 190 countries. Nexon pioneered micro-transactions and the free-to-play business model, and is widely credited with unmatched global expertise in sophisticated live game operations.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$2,372.01
EBITDA ($mm)
$1,035.14
EBIT ($mm)
$970.78
Net Income ($mm)
$1,059.35
Employees
6441
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Ticker: KOSE:A251270
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Netmarble
Netmarble Games Corp. strives to entertain audiences of all ages, and around the world, by providing great mobile gaming experiences. Established in Korea in 2000, Netmarble is the fastest-growing mobile game company in Asia and consistently ranks as a top mobile developer and publisher worldwide.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$2,203.86
EBITDA ($mm)
$362.94
EBIT ($mm)
$266.96
Net Income ($mm)
$275.69
Employees
779
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Ticker: ENXTPA:UBI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ubisoft Entertainment S.A.
Ubisoft Entertainment S.A.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1,959.78
EBITDA ($mm)
($11.18)
EBIT ($mm)
$138.09
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
15913
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Ticker:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KRAFTON, Inc.
KRAFTON, Inc.
KRAFTON is a South Korean game development company. KRAFTON creates games for PC and mobile devices through it's various game studios. They are best known for PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, a battle royal shooter. The company also develops and publishes MMORPGs and mobile games.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$1,392.53
EBITDA ($mm)
$608.01
EBIT ($mm)
$561.36
Net Income ($mm)
$413.27
Employees
1305
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Ticker: OM:EMBRAC B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Embracer Group
Embracer Group
Embracer Group is a Swedish video game holding company. Embracer Group is the parent company of THQ Nordic, Koch Media and Coffee Stain. The Group has an extensive catalogue of over 130 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Goat Simulator, Dead Island, Darksiders, Metro, MX vs ATV, and more.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$1,366.03
EBITDA ($mm)
$267.41
EBIT ($mm)
($54.89)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
6325
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Ticker: TSE:3632
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gree, Inc.
Gree, Inc.
GREE develops games at its studios in Japan, North America, and South Korea, producing high-ranking titles in the app markets of each region. The company was founded in 2004.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$703.90
EBITDA ($mm)
$97.60
EBIT ($mm)
$85.11
Net Income ($mm)
$42.53
Employees
1416
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Ticker: SEHK:777
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NetDragon WebSoft Inc.
NetDragon WebSoft Inc.
NetDragon Websoft Inc. is a leading innovator and creative force in China's online gaming and mobile internet industries. NetDragon offers many well-known mobile Internet products and services, including 91 Assistant, HiMarket, 91 Launcher,91 Panda Reader,sj.91.com and www.hiapk.com.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$615.68
EBITDA ($mm)
$29.42
EBIT ($mm)
($7.39)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
6446
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