Gaming developers and publishers are making plays in the mobile gaming space, from multiplayer puzzles to role-playing games.
Gaming is a big business. Over the past few years, some of the world’s top developers and publishers have been increasingly willing to back startups creating and publishing mobile games. For example, NetEase Capital backed Pokemon Go developer Niantic in November 20 17, participating in a $200M Series B round.
In addition to equity investments, a string of recent acquisitions has created further consolidation in the mobile gaming space. Private mobile game developer Supercell took a majority stake in London-based Space Ape Games in May 2017, while Japanese Nexon acquired Pixelberry Studios in November.
Since 2013, 16 top developers & publishers have invested in a total of 28 companies over 32 deals in the private mobile gaming space. These investors also acquired 27 mobile gaming companies over the same period.
Many of these deals crossed geographic lines, as investors looked to expand market share and reach. For example, in December 2014, Shenzhen-based Tencent backed New York-based mobile game developer Playdots, in order to reach a wider US audience and expand Tencent’s presence on social platforms like Facebook.
Using the CB Insights Business Social Graph, we visualized where these developers & publishers (and their venture funds) are placing their private mobile gaming bets.
The graphic below shows private market deals only. This infographic is not exhaustive of all gaming developers & publishers or their private market investments. Please click to enlarge.