During this period, mergers and acquisitions transactions increased by 135 percent year-on-year with 59 deals.
A new report from Digital Development Management (DDM) reveals that video game investments in Q2 2022 hit $4.8 billion. The video game regulator noted that this represents a 37% increase over the same period last year to 217 transactions.
Blockchain gaming investments totaled 25% of the value of Q2 2022 at $1.2 billion. Meanwhile, total M&A transactions reached $18.6 billion and grew by 135% year-on-year in the quarter.
DDM went on to say that this increase in mergers and acquisitions occurred in 59 deals, which attributed two-thirds of this quarter’s value to Take-Two’s purchase of Zynga for $12.7 billion. .
The report also noted a number of M&A deals in the gaming sector that took place in the second quarter as notable. For example, Embracer acquired Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal for $300 million along with a host of other IPs.
Another acquisition the report highlights is Unity’s merger with IronSource. The deal valued the app developer platform at $4.4 billion. DDM’s report also provides detailed information about the first 6 months of 2022, including the first 6 months of the year.
Total investment reached $8.3 billion with 460 deals, a decrease of 67.5% compared to the same period last year. Mergers and acquisitions reached $26.5 billion and fell 7% year-on-year. Additionally, the company explains that 2021 is a positive year for video game investments and consolidation.
The report also cites Activision Blizzard as the world’s leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. They run three main businesses: Activision (focused on consoles), Blizzard (focused on PC) and King Digital (focused on mobile). They produce games like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush, titles that even non-gamers can recognize their growing role in the entertainment gaming culture.
There are also a large number of publicly traded gaming companies on the US stock exchange, with many valued at more than $75 per share. As these companies require a higher cost per share, many people with low investment budgets often don’t have enough money to invest in companies flexibly. This leads to the common perception that only the richest can invest for the long term.