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Microsoft’s got game

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The popular game Minecraft, which started as a small, open-world indie game, has since grown into a highly successful franchise. Created by Swedish programmer Markus ‘Notch’ Persson in 2009, Minecraft is now a global phenomenon that has spawned Lego sets, books, clothes, toys, accessories and other merchandise. Since it started in 2009, it’s sold more than 50 million copies across all gaming platforms, including PC, consoles and mobile. The game also remains one of the top sellers for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. Its commercial success and wide fan base has led Microsoft to purchase the game and its parent company Mojang for $2.5 billlion. With the acquisition, Microsoft will be able to expand its reach to the youth market, which is a relatively untapped demographic for the company. Analysts are predicting that this could be one of the smartest moves Microsoft has ever made.

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Top 20 Acquisitions for April 2014

 

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $19,000,000,000 WhatsApp Facebook Mobile & Apps Acquisition
2 $3,200,000,000 Nest Labs Google Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $2,300,000,000 IBM (x86-based server business) Lenovo Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $2,000,000,000 Oculus VR Facebook Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
5 $1,500,000,000 AirWatch VMWare Mobile & Apps Acquisition
6 $900,000,000 Viber Media Rakuten Mobile & Apps Acquisition
7 $804,000,000 ChinaVision Media Group Alibaba Media Acquisition
8 $523,500,000 Jobstreet Seek Transactions Acquisition
9 $500,000,000 Maker Studios The Walt Disney Company Media Acquisition
10 $260,000,000 Ticket Monster Groupon Transactions Acquisition
11 $200,000,000 Cyvera Palo Alto Networks Software & Services Acquisition
12 $200,000,000 LegalZoom Permira Transactions Acquisition
13 $175,000,000 Inktank Red Hat Software & Services Acquisition
14 $165,000,000 Bash Gaming GSN Games Games Acquisition
15 $126,000,000 SK Encar Carsales.com Ecommerce Acquisition
16 $125,136,000 Klarna Consortium Transactions Acquisition
17 $120,000,000 Bright LinkedIn Transactions Acquisition
18 $100,000,000 Basis Science Intel Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
19 $100,000,000 Parature Microsoft Software & Services Acquisition
20 $100,000,000 PayScale Warburg Pincus Software & Services Acquisition

More information

  1. Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent (TechCrunch)
  2. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  3. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  4. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  5. VMWare’s $1.5B AirWatch Buy All About Mobile Workplace (TechCrunch)
  6. Rakuten Acquires Viber for $900M (FinSMEs)
  7. Alibaba Pays $804M To Take Majority Stake In TV And Movie Producer ChinaVision (TechCrunch)
  8. Australia’s Seek to Buy Jobstreet in $524 Million Deal (Wall Street Journal)
  9. It’s Official: Disney Acquires Maker Studios For At Least $500M (TechCrunch)
  10. Groupon’s $260M Acquisition Of Ticket Monster From LivingSocial Has Closed (TechCrunch)
  11. Palo Alto Networks Acquires Cyvera for $200M (FinSMEs)
  12. The $425M LegalZoom deal is a win for VCs, but less exciting for the company or LA (PandoDaily)
  13. Inktank Acquired For $175M By Red Hat (Socaltech)
  14. GSN’s $165M Bash Gaming Acquisition Nets 100X Return For Investors (TechCrunch)
  15. Carsales splashes $126m on SK Encar (The Australian)
  16. Klarna Raised €90M to Acquire SOFORT (FinSMEs)
  17. LinkedIn makes its biggest acquisition by paying $120m for job matching service Bright (The Next Web)
  18. Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M (TechCrunch)
  19. Microsoft Acquires Parature for $100M (FinSMEs)
  20. Warburg Pincus Buys Compensation Software Service PayScale For Up To $100 Million (Tech Times)

Top 20 Media Deals for April 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $804,000,000 ChinaVision Media Group Alibaba Media Acquisition
2 $500,000,000 Maker Studios The Walt Disney Company Media Acquisition
3 $80,000,000 Quora Consortium Media Investment
4 $54,000,000 Doximity Consortium Media Investment
5 $40,000,000 Imgur Andreessen Horowitz, Reddit Media Investment
6 $34,000,000 Aereo Himalaya Capital Management, Gordon Crawford Media Investment
7 $30,000,000 CPXi Business Development Corporation of America Media Investment
8 $25,000,000 Path Consortium Media Investment
9 $25,000,000 Trustpilot Consortium Media Investment
10 $20,000,000 117go Softbank China Venture Capital Media Investment
11 $18,000,000 FTBpro Consortium Media Investment
12 $16,000,000 Banjo Consortium Media Investment
13 $15,000,000 Mode Media Undisclosed Media Investment
14 $14,500,000 Wanderful Media Consortium Media Investment
15 $13,000,000 Mashable Consortium Media Investment
16 $12,000,000 Business Insider Jeff Bezos Media Investment
17 $10,000,000 Aviasales iTech Capital Media Investment
18 $10,000,000 PolicyMic Consortium Media Investment
19 $9,300,000 Brigade Media Sean Parker Media Investment
20 $8,500,000 Hubub Undisclosed Media Investment

More information

  1. Alibaba Pays $804M To Take Majority Stake In TV And Movie Producer ChinaVision (TechCrunch)
  2. It’s Official: Disney Acquires Maker Studios For At Least $500M (TechCrunch)
  3. Quora collects $80 million in funding (CNET)
  4. Doximity Closes $54M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  5. Imgur, the startup that doesn’t need funding, closes $40M from Reddit & Andreessen Horowitz (VentureBeat)
  6. Aereo Raises $34 Million in Funding to Expand Online-TV Service (Bloomberg)
  7. CPXi Closes $30M Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Path Closes $25M Series C Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  9. Trustpilot Raises $25M in Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  10. China online travel journal service 117go raises $20 million (TNOOZ)
  11. FTBpro Closes $18M Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Banjo Raises $16M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  13. Before Rebranding As Mode Media, Glam Raised An Additional $15M (TechCrunch)
  14. Wanderful Media Raises $14.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. Mashable Raises $13M In Its First Outside Funding (TechCrunch)
  16. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Puts More Money Into Business Insider (The Wall Street Journal)
  17. Travel metasearch engine Aviasales secures $10M from iTech Capital (Venture Beat)
  18. PolicyMic Closes $10M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Startup Brigade Media raised USD9.3 million (Venture Capital Post)
  20. Hubub Raises $8.5M To Be The New Home For Conversations On The Web (TechCrunch)

Top 20 North American Deals for April 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $19,000,000,000 WhatsApp Facebook Mobile & Apps Acquisition
2 $3,200,000,000 Nest Labs Google Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
3 $2,300,000,000 IBM (x86-based server business) Lenovo Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $2,000,000,000 Oculus VR Facebook Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
5 $1,500,000,000 AirWatch VMWare Mobile & Apps Acquisition
6 $900,000,000 Cloudera Consortium Software & Services Investment
7 $500,000,000 Maker Studios The Walt Disney Company Media Acquisition
8 $450,000,000 Airbnb Consortium Transactions Investment
9 $325,000,000 Dropbox Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
10 $260,000,000 Ticket Monster Groupon Transactions Acquisition
11 $256,000,000 PetHub Altivia Ventures Software & Services Investment
12 $250,000,000 Dropbox BlackRock Software & Services Investment
13 $250,000,000 Lyft Consortium Transactions Investment
14 $225,000,000 Pure Storage Consortium Software & Services Investment
15 $215,000,000 Tango Alibaba Mobile & Apps Investment
16 $200,000,000 LegalZoom Permira Transactions Acquisition
17 $175,000,000 Inktank Red Hat Software & Services Acquisition
18 $160,000,000 Cloudera Consortium Software & Services Investment
19 $157,000,000 Wayfair T. Rowe Price Associates, Julie M.B. Bradley Ecommerce Investment
20 $125,000,000 Domo Consortium Software & Services Investment

More information

  1. Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent (TechCrunch)
  2. Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (CNN)
  3. Lenovo agrees to buy IBM’s server business for $US2.3 billion (ARN)
  4. Facebook is buying Oculus for $2B to ‘get ready for the platform of tomorrow’ (VentureBeat)
  5. VMWare’s $1.5B AirWatch Buy All About Mobile Workplace (TechCrunch)
  6. Cloudera raises $900 million, plots expansion (ZDNet)
  7. It’s Official: Disney Acquires Maker Studios For At Least $500M (TechCrunch)
  8. Airbnb raises $450m mega round – Investment Round Up (Redherring)
  9. Dropbox Raises $325M in Funding, SEC Filing Reveals (FinSMEs)
  10. Groupon’s $260M Acquisition Of Ticket Monster From LivingSocial Has Closed (TechCrunch)
  11. PetHub Receives R$600m Investment (em português) (Lavca.org)
  12. Dropbox Raises $250M; Valued at $10Billion (FinSMEs)
  13. Ride-Sharing Firm Lyft Raises $250 Million, Eyes NYC Expansion (TIME)
  14. Pure Storage Raises $225 Million at a $3 Billion Valuation (Recode)
  15. Alibaba Sinks $215 Million Into Messaging App Tango, Valuing It At More Than $1 Billion (Forbes)
  16. The $425M LegalZoom deal is a win for VCs, but less exciting for the company or LA (PandoDaily)
  17. Inktank Acquired For $175M By Red Hat (Socaltech)
  18. Cloudera Closes $160M Financing (FinSMEs)
  19. Wayfair Secures $157M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  20. Domo’s business software charge gets a big $125M boost (Venture Beat)