Game mergers are down, but investments for mobile game startups are up.
Mobile and online game investment dollars grew 35 percent to $191 million.
Social casino games acquired by gambling companies are generating huge revenues even after the deals are done.
Investors are worried about the U.S. retail game market. But overall game-industry sales are at $68 billion, growing 7 percent a year.
Game acquisitions set a new record in 2012, but investments in new companies are down.
At this rate, it’s going to be a boom year for game company acquisitions.
The value of game deals is dropping in 2012 compared to 2011.
We examined many investment issues at GamesBeat 2012. This week’s DeanBeat distills them to the 10 most important.
In honor of our fourth annual GamesBeat conference starting on Tuesday, we’ve dug out an interesting set of facts and numbers about the game industry.
Crossing over from an existing market to an emerging one is what our GameBeat 2012 conference is all about. We’re seeing this trend play out in every segment of games.
Game industry acquisitions grew dramatically in the second quarter, putting 2012 on track to break records for game M&A deals, according to investment bank Digi-Capital. But investment into new game startups slowed somewhat in the first half of the year.
We’re pleased to announce that we have a panel on investing in the game business, one of the hottest investment categories of the past couple of years, at our annual GamesBeat 2012 conference on July 10-11 in San Francisco.
Guest Post While recent headlines such as “Game sales crash!” and “Games retail collapses!” don’t paint a rosy picture, I believe the report of the death of console games is an exaggeration. Yet an uncertain future faces those console games companies that choose not to evolve rapidly.
Editor's Pick Too often, I flit from one conference to another like a wayward butterfly, trying to catch up with all the news. But the Game Developers Conference is one of my favorite events of the year because it places such a high value on creativity in the game industry. It is fitting to dwell upon it and to figure out what this year’s conference in San Francisco, which ended Friday March 9, was all about.
No matter how you look at it, the game industry is red hot.
The social and mobile games gold rush inspired lots of investments in 2011, as venture capitalists tried to find the next Zynga. But the year was also a big one for acquisitions, particularly as big companies such as Electronic Arts tried to outmaneuver the social game giant via acquisitions.
Editor's Pick Game fundings destroyed the record book for fundings this year as 145 companies raised more than $1.540 billion in 2011, not counting initial public offerings.
Investments in game companies have accelerated once again, according to a study of third quarter game investments and acquisitions by Digi-Capital, a boutique game investment bank in London. If the current trend continues, game startups could raise double this year what they raised in 2010.
Our well-attended GamesBeat 2011 conference took place this week, and here’s what you missed.
Today we’re revealing the fourth set of speakers for our third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference. Our slate of speakers will include Tim Merel, managing director of Digi-Capital, Sana Choudary, co-founder of YetiZen game startup accelerator, and Jennifer Lu, director of business development at TinyCo.
Video game investment and acquisitions accelerated in the most recent quarter, according to investment firm Digi-Capital.