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Investments

85

Portfolio Exits

38

Funds

2

Partners & Customers

10

Service Providers

2

About Sony

Sony engages in the development, design, manufacture, and sale of electronic equipment, instruments, devices, game consoles, and software for consumers, professionals and industrial markets. Its operations are carried out through the following segments: Mobile Communications, Game & Network Services, Imaging Products & Solutions, Home Entertainment & Sound, Semiconductors, Components, Pictures, Music, Financial Services and Others.

Sony Headquarter Location

Minato-Ku 1-7-1 Konan

Tokyo, 108-0075,

Japan

+81 03-6748-2111

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Everyone From Apple To Disney Is Rumored To Be Thinking Of Buying EA Games

May 25, 2022

Cassiano Correia/Shutterstock By  Gabriel Moss /May 24, 2022 10:05 pm EDT Mergers and acquisitions have become a controversial topic in the gaming industry, where it seems like just about anyone with a dream and access to Unreal Engine could get picked up by any of the gaming giants, namely Microsoft, Sony , or Tencent — and that's just to name a few. Tech giants, private holding companies, and even Disney are also dividing and conquering their own sections of the games industry, leaving no stone unturned in their quests to dominate the metaverse. The Guardian reported in May 2022 that Square Enix sold several studios to the Sweden-based Embracer Group. The deal included studios like Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, which Square Enix sold off for an underwhelming $300 million. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Microsoft recently began moving on its jaw-dropping Activision-Blizzard purchase, which cost the Windows company no small fee; the nearly $70 billion deal most likely broke a record for entertainment-related mergers. By comparison, Disney purchased Marvel in 2009 for a meager $4 billion (via  NYT ). That said, supermassive publisher Electronic Arts — worth about $38.44 billion on the NASDAQ – has been something of a talking point for a while now. Many have taken to social media sites like Reddit to speculate on the idea of EA being purchased, and that momentum is only speeding up. In a blowout story that may not surprise those who've followed the mergers and acquisitions paper trail across the industry,  Puck News reported on May 20, 2022, that EA does indeed seek to be bought out. EA was nearly purchased by Comcast viewimage/Shutterstock According to the Puck News report, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts reportedly considered purchasing Electronic Arts all the way back in January, when it still would have cost about $40 billion. This was apparently a response to the previously noted Activision-Blizzard buy made by Microsoft. That said, it didn't work out. As noted in the report, EA Sports Vice President of Global Communications John Reseburg stated that the company would not speculate on anything rumored about a potential merger. He pressed this point further by promoting EA's "portfolio of amazing games, built around powerful IP," but that doesn't necessarily mean Electronic Arts doesn't want a buyer. The Puck report claims that "sources familiar" with the company's internal M&A discussions are indeed looking for ways to pursue a sale; however, it'd make sense to conclude that Comcast was simply the wrong buyer. In fact, the game publisher had apparently been in talks with Disney, Apple, and Amazon for some time, meaning that the company has the benefit of choice. All three of these companies have already made strides into gaming, albeit in a much more indirect way than Microsoft or Sony, usually licensing IPs out or, in Apple's case, catering solely to the mobile gaming market via Apple Arcade . But it's highly likely that an Electronic Arts acquisition would immediately bolster the gaming capabilities of any of the three. EA is still looking at its options, and that means anything's possible Willrow Hood/Shutterstock The future of Electronic Arts could vary wildly, depending on which parent company acquires it — or if it even gets acquired at all. Needless to say, the Puck report simply added a plume of speculation to the already supercharged air surrounding EA's future. However, the most likely acquirer (of the three we mentioned earlier) could be Disney, which already owns ESPN. It also licenses out some of its most fungible IPs, such as "Star Wars," to Electronic Arts and its subsidiaries. If Apple were to instead make the buy, we might expect a stronger presence of EA titles on Apple Arcade, but that seems less likely. The least likely of the three is Amazon, which hasn't had the most successful run in gaming thus far. Puck claims that Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson met with Disney as recently as March 2022, but it also indicated that there was no further information available regarding the extent of that meeting. As it clarified further, such a meeting could have been another ESPN-related sports game deal, such as an ESPN integration with the next "Madden NFL" video game, just as easily as it could have been Electronic Arts' attempt at courting a prospective buyer. None of the companies have commented on these rumors at this time. Recommended

Sony Investments

85 Investments

Sony has made 85 investments. Their latest investment was in Epic Games as part of their Private Equity - IV on April 4, 2022.

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Sony Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

4/11/2022

Private Equity - IV

Epic Games

$2,000M

No

4

4/11/2022

Series B

Medfin

$15M

Yes

3

1/20/2022

Series B

Ascent Robotics

$8.8M

Yes

4

12/13/2021

Unattributed VC - III

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$99M

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10

10/7/2021

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

4/11/2022

4/11/2022

1/20/2022

12/13/2021

10/7/2021

Round

Private Equity - IV

Series B

Series B

Unattributed VC - III

Seed VC

Company

Epic Games

Medfin

Ascent Robotics

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$2,000M

$15M

$8.8M

$99M

$99M

New?

No

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

4

3

4

10

10

Sony Portfolio Exits

38 Portfolio Exits

Sony has 38 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was MGM on May 26, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

5/26/2021

Acquired

$99M

141

4/22/2021

Acquired - II

1

4/1/2021

Divestiture

2

4/4/2019

Acquired

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10

3/29/2019

Corporate Majority

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10

Date

5/26/2021

4/22/2021

4/1/2021

4/4/2019

3/29/2019

Exit

Acquired

Acquired - II

Divestiture

Acquired

Corporate Majority

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

141

1

2

10

10

Sony Acquisitions

42 Acquisitions

Sony acquired 42 companies. Their latest acquisition was Kobalt Music Group - Recorded Music Operations on February 03, 2021.

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Total Funding

Note

Sources

2/3/2021

$99M

Acquired Unit

2

2/3/2021

$99M

Acquired - II

3

2/3/2021

$99M

Acquired Unit

2

9/30/2020

Other

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$99M

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10

5/19/2020

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$99M

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10

Date

2/3/2021

2/3/2021

2/3/2021

9/30/2020

5/19/2020

Investment Stage

Other

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Total Funding

Note

Acquired Unit

Acquired - II

Acquired Unit

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Sources

2

3

2

10

10

Sony Fund History

2 Fund Histories

Sony has 2 funds, including Sony Innovation Fund: Environment.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

9/11/2020

Sony Innovation Fund: Environment

1

5/17/2020

Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19

$99M

10

Closing Date

9/11/2020

5/17/2020

Fund

Sony Innovation Fund: Environment

Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$99M

Sources

1

10

Sony Partners & Customers

10 Partners and customers

Sony has 10 strategic partners and customers. Sony recently partnered with Theta Labs on May 5, 2022.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

5/7/2022

Partner

United States

Sony Partners With Theta Labs to Launch 3D NFTs for Its Spatial Reality Display

The Sony and Theta Labs partnership follows the Theta Labs Hackathon that took place two weeks ago , and Bridgetower Capital launching a Theta .

1

5/6/2022

Partner

United States

Theta Labs to help Sony launch 3D NFTs compatible with Spatial Reality Display

Japanese conglomerate Sony Electronics collaborates with blockchain video delivery network Theta Labs to launch nonfungible tokens that can be viewed in mixed reality through Sony Electronics 's Spatial Reality Display , a monitor that lets people perceive things in 3D without using traditional 3D accessories .

1

3/31/2022

Partner

United States

How Domo powers partner analytics at Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony Interactive Entertainment has two types of partner - games partners and media services partners , such as the likes of Netflix , Disney + and Hulu .

1

3/28/2022

Client

Canada

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10

3/24/2022

Partner

South Korea

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10

Date

5/7/2022

5/6/2022

3/31/2022

3/28/2022

3/24/2022

Type

Partner

Partner

Partner

Client

Partner

Business Partner

Country

United States

United States

United States

Canada

South Korea

News Snippet

Sony Partners With Theta Labs to Launch 3D NFTs for Its Spatial Reality Display

The Sony and Theta Labs partnership follows the Theta Labs Hackathon that took place two weeks ago , and Bridgetower Capital launching a Theta .

Theta Labs to help Sony launch 3D NFTs compatible with Spatial Reality Display

Japanese conglomerate Sony Electronics collaborates with blockchain video delivery network Theta Labs to launch nonfungible tokens that can be viewed in mixed reality through Sony Electronics 's Spatial Reality Display , a monitor that lets people perceive things in 3D without using traditional 3D accessories .

How Domo powers partner analytics at Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony Interactive Entertainment has two types of partner - games partners and media services partners , such as the likes of Netflix , Disney + and Hulu .

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1

1

10

10

Sony Service Providers

2 Service Providers

Sony has 2 service provider relationships

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Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Service Type

Acq - Fin - II

Investment Bank

Financial Advisor

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Acq - Fin - II

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Sony Team

53 Team Members

Sony has 53 team members, including current Chief Executive Officer, President, Michael Schulhoff.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Michael Schulhoff

Chief Executive Officer, President

Current

Shoichi Osawa

Senior Director

Current

Peter Blom

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Nobuyuki Idei

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Chip Overstreet

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Name

Michael Schulhoff

Shoichi Osawa

Peter Blom

Nobuyuki Idei

Chip Overstreet

Work History

Title

Chief Executive Officer, President

Senior Director

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Status

Current

Current

Former

Former

Former

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