M&A deals nearly doubled year over year as investments increased 75%
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2020 was a record year for gaming investments, and 2021 is already well on the way to top that, according to DDM’s Q1 Game Investment Review report.
Investments in the first quarter of 2021 (including IPOs) were $ 18.7 billion, while DDM also tracked mergers and acquisitions worth more than $ 10.5 billion.
Roblox’s $ 12.8 billion IPO accounted for 71% of DDM’s tracked investments in the quarter, while Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax was the same percentage of $ 7.5 billion Mergers and acquisitions.
DDM identified 139 gaming investments in the first quarter, an increase of 75% over the previous year.
The number of mergers and acquisitions rose even faster as DDM reported 75 such transactions in the first quarter of 2021, almost twice as many as in the prior-year quarter.