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Game acquisitions set a new record in 2012, but investments in new companies are down.
Developer Zynga’s collapse has taken its toll on game-company valuations. The topic came up at the recent investor panel at the YetiZen game accelerator.
The value of game deals is dropping in 2012 compared to 2011.
The merger and acquisition boom is going strong in the game business though investments are starting to slow.
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.
Video game investment and acquisitions accelerated in the most recent quarter, according to investment firm Digi-Capital.
Video game acquisitions and funding deals rose 130 percent to $1.89 billion in 2010, up from $819 million in 2009, according to market researcher IHS Screen Digest.