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Tencent to acquire Supercell


Tencent, China’s largest internet service portal, is about to close a deal to acquire a majority stake in Supercell Oy, the Finland-based startup that created the popular game Clash of Clans. Tencent is currently in discussion with SoftBank of Japan, which owns 73.2% controlling stake in Supercell. Other financiers, including Hillhouse Capital Group of Beijing, will be part of the deal as co-investors. According to sources, Softbank has been planning to sell its stake in Supercell to reduce its mounting debt caused after its failure to turnaround Sprint, the US telecom company it acquired back in 2013. The acquisition will allow Tencent to cash-in on the lucrative world of mobile gaming.

Supercell’s super profit of $924 million


Surpercell, a gaming company based in Finland, announced it earned $924 million in profits and $2.3 billion in revenue in 2015 from its mobile app games Boom Beach, Hay Day and Clash of Clans. Clash of Clans is one of the highest grossing mobile games of all time and Supercell itself is one of the most valuable gaming companies in the world. Softbank, which bought a $1.5 billion stake in the company in 2013, bought an additional 22% stake at a valuation of $5.5 billion in June last year. Supercell is a unique company in the mobile gaming industry because it has been able to achieve success with not just one game, but three games, considering there are thousands of games to choose from at the app store. The formula to success seems to be a combination of well-made games, which are free-to-play, addictive, have beautiful art and don’t take up too much of your time.

You can read more about Supercell here.

Top 20 Investments for December 2013

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$1,530,000,000SupercellSoftBank, GungHoGamesInvestment
2$1,260,000,000BrightstarSoftBankSoftware & ServicesInvestment
3$1,000,000,000BlackberryConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
4$810,000,000BeidouChinaHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
5$700,000,000360BuyOntario Teachers’ Retirement Fund, Kingdom HoldingsEcommerceInvestment
6$586,000,000Sina WeiboAlibabaMediaInvestment
9$324,000,000The 41st ParameterExperianSoftware & ServicesInvestment
11$258,000,000UberGoogle Ventures, TPGMobile & AppsInvestment
12$250,000,000SpotifyTechnology Crossover VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
17$200,000,000AirWatchInsight Venture PartnersMobile & AppsInvestment
19$200,000,000AirbnbFounders FundTransactionsInvestment
20$196,500,000Palantir TechnologiesUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment

More information

  1. Supercell Receives $1.53BN Investment (FinSMEs)
  2. Brightstar Receives $1.26BN Investment from SoftBank (FinSMEs)
  3. Here’s the full list of companies that invested $1 billion into BlackBerry, plus interim CEO has a base salary of $1 million (Mobile Syrup)
  4. China Is Investing $810M In Beidou, A Navigation System It Hopes Will Eventually Rival GPS (Techcrunch)
  5. China’s 360Buy Unwraps Massive New Funding Round of $700 Million (Tech In Asia)
  6. Sina Weibo, China’s Equivalent of Facebook and Twitter, Gets $586M Investment From Alibaba (Techcrunch)
  7. SurveyMonkey Raises $800M in Debt and Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  8. Sogou Secured $448 million Investment from Tencent, will Merge Soso (Technode)
  9. Experian to buy 41st Parameter in $324m deal (The Financial Times)
  10. Q&A Platform Answers.com Raises More Cash, Buys Customer Experience Analytics Company ForeSee For Over $200M (TechCrunch)
  11. Uber Confirms That It Raised $258M From Google Ventures And TPG (Techcrunch)
  12. Technology Crossover Ventures Funds All Of Spotify’s $250M International Growth Round (TechCrunch)
  13. UK’s Tesco Starts ‘Close Cooperation’ With Samwers’ Rocket Internet, Leads $250M Round In Lazada (TechCrunch)
  14. Pinterest Does Another Massive Funding — $225 Million at $3.8 Billion Valuation (Confirmed) (All Things D)
  15. Alibaba leads $206M financing in Amazon rival ShopRunner (CNET)
  16. Pinterest Raises $200M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  17. AirWatch Raises $200 Million In Series A (Pulse 2)
  18. India E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Raises Another $200M From Existing Investors (Techcrunch)
  19. Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk Confirms It Raised A $200M Round Led By Founders Fund (TechCrunch)
  20. Palantir Technologies Raises $196.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)

Top 20 Games Deals for December 2013

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$1,530,000,000SupercellSoftBank, GungHoGamesInvestment
4$25,000,000Game InsightIMI.VCGamesInvestment
5$25,000,000TopLine Game LabsCantor VenturesGamesInvestment
7$22,000,000Plain VanillaConsortiumGamesInvestment
9$20,000,000TinyCoPinnacle Ventures, Andreessen HorowitzGamesInvestment
12$17,000,000Rumble EntertainmentConsortiumGamesInvestment
16$14,000,000PunchboxSequoia China, Steamboat VenturesGamesInvestment
17$13,051,000THE Football AppEarlybird Venture CapitalGamesInvestment
18$13,000,000PlumbeeEndemol, Idinvest PartnersGamesInvestment

More information

  1. Supercell Receives $1.53BN Investment (FinSMEs)
  2. Supercell Raises $130M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  3. Gamevil Just Bought Com2uS For Roughly $65m (Toucharcade)
  4. Game Insight Raises $25M from IMI.VC (FinSMEs)
  6. Fantasy Sports Startup DraftKings Raises $24 Million From RedPoint And Others (TechCrunch)
  7. Plain Vanilla Games, Maker Of Ultra-Hot Trivia App QuizUp, Raises Another $22 Million From Sequoia (TechCrunch)
  8. Twitch Raises $20M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  9. Mobile Game Maker TinyCo Raises $20M From Pinnacle Ventures, Andreessen (TechCrunch)
  10. Chartboost Raises $19 Million From Sequoia And Others To Help Developers Promote Mobile Games (TechCrunch)
  11. Mobile game developer Gumi raises $19 million, partners with Fuji Media (Tech In Asia)
  12. Rumble Entertainment Closes $17.5M Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  13. RealNetworks Gets Serious About Social Casino Gaming With $15.6M Slingo Acquisition, New Sweepstakes (TechCrunch)
  14. Ubitus Raises over $15M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. OUYA Closes $15 Million In Funding Led By Kleiner Perkins, Boasts 12,000 Game Developer Sign-Ups (Techcrunch)
  16. Fishing Joy Developer Punchbox Raised US$ 14 M In Series B (TechNode)
  17. THE Football App Raises €10M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Plumbee Raises $13M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Tabtale’s girly pink apps for kids attract 220M downloads and $12M (Venture Beat)
  20. FanDuel Closes $11M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)