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Top 20 Games Deals for December 2014

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
2$1,200,000,000Multimedia Games Global Cash AccessGamesAcquisition
3$970,000,000Twitch AmazonGamesAcquisition
4$885,000,000Big Fish GamesChurchhill DownsGamesAcquisition
5$165,000,000Bash GamingGSN GamesGamesAcquisition
6$120,000,000KabamAlibaba GroupGamesInvestment
7$110,000,0004:33 Creative Lab Line, TencentGamesInvestment
8$100,000,000DragonPlay Ltd.Bally TechnologiesGamesAcquisition
10$74,000,000FunPlus ConsortiumGamesInvestment
11$70,000,000FanDuel ConsortiumGamesInvestment
15$34,500,000Azubu Sapinda GroupGamesInvestment
16$30,000,000Social Point Highland Capital Partners Europe, IdinvestGamesInvestment
17$21,500,000JoymeFosun Capital Group,BlueRun VenturesGamesInvestment
18$20,000,000Playstudios ConsortiumGamesInvestment
20$18,000,000MachinimaWarner Bros. EntertainmentGamesInvestment

More information

  1. Minecraft’ Developer Mojang Acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 Billion as Notch Moves On (TouchArcade)
  2. Global Cash Access to Acquire Multimedia Games (Owler)
  3. THE NEWS WRAP: Amazon acquires game streaming platform Twitch for $970 million (StartupSmart)
  4. Big Fish Games to be acquired for $885 million by racetrack operator Churchill Downs (Geekwire)
  5. GSN’s $165M Bash Gaming Acquisition Nets 100X Return For Investors (TechCrunch)
  6. Kabam to Receive $120M Investment from Alibaba Group (FinSMEs)
  7. Line And Tencent Pour $110M Into Korea’s 4:33 Creative Lab Games Studio (TechCrunch)
  8. Bally Technologies acquires DragonPlay for $100m (Globes)
  9. Mobile Game Developer LineKong Rakes in $80 Million of Series C Funding (Technode)
  10. FunPlus Raises $74M in Venture Capital Financing (FinSMEs)
  11. FanDuel Raises $70 Million as Daily Fantasy Sports Battle Heats Up (Wall Street Journal)
  12. Gumi raises $50M, partners with Sega Networks in next step toward digital entertainment domination (TechInAsia)
  13. DraftKings, a Fantasy Sports Site, Raises $41 Million (NY Times DealBook)
  14. Scopely Raises $35M For Its Mobile Gaming Platform (TechCrunch)
  15. Twitch, MLG.TV e-sports rival Azubu secures $34.5M in latest funding round (VentureBeat)
  16. Social Point Raises $30M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  17. Mobile Game Portal Joyme Gets $21.5 Million Series B Funding (TechNode)
  18. Playstudios Secures $20M in Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  19. Xiaomi invests $20 million in Kingsoft-owned online gaming company (Tech in Asia)
  20. Gaming video site Machinima confirms $18M round (Venture Beat)

Top 20 European Deals for December 2014

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$9,670,032,000OnoVodafoneHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
3$925,000,000ExactApax PartnersSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
4$613,872,000Tele2TeliasoneraMobile & AppsAcquisition
5$493,300,000Clear2PayFISSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
6$445,000,000Rocket Internet PLDTSoftware & ServicesInvestment
7$350,000,000Delivery HeroConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
8$337,000,000Quintiq Dassualt SystemesSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
10$175,000,000Tail-f SystemsCiscoSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
11$150,000,000Ozon.ruAFK Sistema, MTSEcommerceInvestment
12$140,000,000InforsacomDatatecSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
13$128,756,800Momondo Group Great Hill PartnersTransactionsInvestment
15$112,000,000Borro Victory Park CapitalTransactionsInvestment
16$112,000,000One Kings LaneUndisclosedEcommerceInvestment
17$101,954,625Sarenza BpifranceEcommerceInvestment
20$95,000,000eNovanceRed HatSoftware & ServicesAcquisition

More information

  1. Vodafone completes €7.2 billion acquisition of Ono (Vodafone)
  2. Minecraft’ Developer Mojang Acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 Billion as Notch Moves On (TouchArcade)
  3. Apax-Linked Funds to Acquire Dutch Software Maker for $925 Million (NY Times Dealbook)
  4. Teliasonera acquires Tele2 Norway for €450 million after regulatory “failure” (European Communications)
  5. FIS to Acquire Clear2Pay to Expand Global Payments Business (Wall Street Journal)
  6. PLDT Invests $445M In Rocket Internet To Develop Online Payment Services For Emerging Markets (TechCrunch)
  7. Delivery Hero, Hungry For Growth, Orders Up Another $350M In Funding (TechCrunch)
  8. Dassualt Systemes to acquire Dutch firm Quintiq for $337 million (The Economic Times)
  9. Amobee Buys Adconion For $235M And Kontera For $150M In Consolidation Play (TechCrunch)
  10. Cisco acquires Stockholm, Sweden-based networking tech firm Tail-f Systems for $175 million (TechEU)
  11. Ozon receives giant funding from AFK Sistema and MTS (EWDN)
  12. Datatec buys $140m German IT firm (Tech Central)
  13. Momondo Group raises £80 million from Great Hill Partners (TNOOZ)
  14. Klarna Raised €90M to Acquire SOFORT (FinSMEs)
  15. Borro Closes $112M Financing with Victory Park Capital (FinSMEs)
  16. One Kings Lane Raises $112M At A $912M Valuation In A Quest To Dominate Home Goods Online (TechCrunch)
  17. Sarenza raises €74mn and readies itself to conquer Europe (Ecommerce Facts)
  18. BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Westwing Receives €72M (FinSMEs)
  20. Red Hat to Buy eNovance in OpenStack Collaboration (The Wall Street Journal)

Microsoft’s got game


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.

Read about the acquisition here.