2012 was a record year for buy-outs and mergers – report

By Brenna Hillier
10 April 2013 22:43 GMT

According to a new report from investment bank Digi-Capital, as harvested by GamesIndustry, the games industry saw record consolidation in 2012, with total merger and acquisition spending reaching $4.2 billion. Interestingly, there were 26% fewer deals in 2012 than 2011, but a handful of really big ones sent the tally climbing sky high – think Nexon’s 15% purchase of NCsoft for $685 million; and Sony’s $380 million Gaikai acquisition. Many of the deals originated in China and Korea. Unfortunately, external investment figures were down – Digi-Capital suggests Zynga’s huge IPO and subsequent crash has scared venture capitalists off the games industry.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our policy.

VG247 logo

Buy our t-shirts, yeah

They're far more stylish than your average video game website tat.

VG247 merch