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Top 20 Games Deals for November 2015

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $5,900,000,000 King Digital Activision Blizzard Games Acquisition
2 $300,000,000 DraftKings Consortium Games Investment
3 $130,000,000 SGN Netmarble Games Investment
4 $52,000,000 Curse Undisclosed Games Investment
5 $38,331,125 Playful Undisclosed Games Investment
6 $30,000,000 CCP Games New Enterprise Associates, Novator Partners Games Investment
7 $26,000,000 Super Evil Megacorp Consortium Games Investment
8 $24,000,000 Machinima Warner Bros. Games Investment
9 $23,900,000 Akamon Entertainment Millennium Imperus Games Acquisition
10 $20,000,000 Niantic Consortium Games Investment
11 $18,000,000 Seriously Consortium Games Investment
12 $15,000,000 castAR Consortium Games Investment
13 $15,000,000 Skillz Consortium Games Investment
14 $14,000,000 Raptr Consortium Games Investment
15 $11,000,000 Mobcrush Consortium Games Investment
16 $10,000,000 Rumble Entertainment iDreamSky Games Investment
17 $8,000,000 Firefly Games Consortium Games Investment
18 $7,500,000 One Animation Jungle Ventures, DealStreetAsia Games Investment
19 $7,400,000 PlayFab Consortium Games Investment
20 $7,000,000 Kobojo Consortium Games Investment

More information

  1. Activision Blizzard to acquire King Digital for $5.9B (GIGA OM)
  2. DraftKings Raises $300 Million, Promises to Spend Much of It With Fox Sports (Re/Code)
  3. Netmarble Games Invests $130M in SGN (FinSMEs)
  4. Curse Raises $52M (FinSMEs)
  5. Playful Receives $25M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. CCP Games Raises $30M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  7. Super Evil Raises $26M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Warner Bros. invests $24M more into game video site Machinima (VentureBeat)
  9. Imperus Acquires Akamon Entertainment Millennium for $23.9M (FinSMEs)
  10. Niantic Labs Raises $20 Million to Turn the World Into An Augmented Reality Playground (Variety)
  11. Mobile game studio Seriously raises $18 million in Series A funding (Tech EU)
  12. castAR Closes $15m Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. Skillz Raises $15M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Raptr Raises $14M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  15. Mobcrush raises $11M for mobile game livestreaming (VentureBeat)
  16. iDreamSky invests $10 million into US core dev Rumble Entertainment (PocketGamer.biz)
  17. Firefly Games Raises $8M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  18. Exclusive: One Animation raises $7.5m from investors led by Jungle Ventures (DealStreetAsia)
  19. PlayFab Raises $7.4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Kobojo Raises $7M in Funding (FinSMEs)

Top 20 Games Deals for October 2015

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $300,000,000 DraftKings Consortium Games Investment
2 $130,000,000 SGN Netmarble Games Investment
3 $52,000,000 Curse Undisclosed Games Investment
4 $38,331,125 Playful Undisclosed Games Investment
5 $26,000,000 Super Evil Megacorp Consortium Games Investment
6 $24,000,000 Machinima Warner Bros. Games Investment
7 $20,000,000 Niantic Consortium Games Investment
8 $18,000,000 Seriously Consortium Games Investment
9 $15,000,000 Skillz Consortium Games Investment
10 $15,000,000 castAR Consortium Games Investment
11 $14,000,000 Raptr Consortium Games Investment
12 $11,000,000 Mobcrush Consortium Games Investment
13 $10,000,000 Rumble Entertainment iDreamSky Games Investment
14 $8,000,000 Firefly Games Consortium Games Investment
15 $7,500,000 One Animation Jungle Ventures, DealStreetAsia Games Investment
16 $7,400,000 PlayFab Consortium Games Investment
17 $7,000,000 Unikrn Consortium Games Investment
18 $7,000,000 Kobojo Consortium Games Investment
19 $6,687,927 Space Ape Games Silicon Valley Bank Games Investment
20 $6,500,000 Innospark Consortium Games Investment

More information

  1. DraftKings Raises $300 Million, Promises to Spend Much of It With Fox Sports (Re/Code)
  2. Netmarble Games Invests $130M in SGN (FinSMEs)
  3. Curse Raises $52M (FinSMEs)
  4. Playful Receives $25M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  5. Super Evil Raises $26M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. Warner Bros. invests $24M more into game video site Machinima (VentureBeat)
  7. Niantic Labs Raises $20 Million to Turn the World Into An Augmented Reality Playground (Variety)
  8. Mobile game studio Seriously raises $18 million in Series A funding (Tech EU)
  9. Skillz Raises $15M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  10. castAR Closes $15m Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  11. Raptr Raises $14M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  12. Mobcrush raises $11M for mobile game livestreaming (VentureBeat)
  13. iDreamSky invests $10 million into US core dev Rumble Entertainment (PocketGamer.biz)
  14. Firefly Games Raises $8M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  15. Exclusive: One Animation raises $7.5m from investors led by Jungle Ventures (DealStreetAsia)
  16. PlayFab Raises $7.4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  17. Unikrn Raises $7M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Kobojo Raises $7M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Space Ape Games Secures £4.25M in Growth Capital (FinSMEs)
  20. Innospark scores $6.5m in Series B funding (Games Industry)

Is Augmented Reality the future of gaming?

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Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are two of the most exciting things happening in gaming today. According to research firm Digi-Capital, the VR market is expected to be worth $30 billion in 2020 while the AR market is expected to grow to $120 billion that same year. So, not surprisingly, investors and tech companies have taken notice and, as a result, they have been investing serious cash in the space in the past years: Facebook spent $2 billion for Oculus, Google led a $542 million round of funding in Magic Leap, Apple acquired German AR company Metaio, and Microsoft developed its HoloLens. While it is likely that we will eventually see intense competition among these companies, one independent startup is making some headway in the AR space. Niantic Labs, a former Google company, is developing a new AR game called Pokemon GO that will allow players to “see” and “capture” Pokemons in the real world. An app will direct the players to real locations where they can “catch” lurking Pokemons. To help build the game, Niantic Labs has raised $20 million in funding from Nintendo, the Pokemon Company and Google. Although the success of this game remains to be seen, it is a sign that AR could change the way people play games.