M&A Deal Summary

Activision Blizzard Acquires King Digital Entertainment

On November 2, 2015, Activision Blizzard acquired digital media company King Digital Entertainment for 5.9B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Activision Blizzard’s 15th transaction in the Digital Media sector.
  • This is Activision Blizzard’s largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Activision Blizzard’s 2nd transaction in Ireland.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2015-11-02
Target King Digital Entertainment
Sector Digital Media
Buyer(s) Activision Blizzard
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 5.9B USD

Target

King Digital Entertainment

Dublin, Ireland
website
King Digital Entertainment plc is an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. It had a network of 330 million monthly unique users as of third quarter 2015, has developed more than 200 exclusive games, and offers games in over 200 countries and regions through its king.com and royalgames.com websites, Facebook, and mobile distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. King has game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Singapore, and Seattle, along with offices in San Francisco, Malta, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bucharest.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Activision Blizzard

Santa Monica, California, United States

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Category Company
Founded 1979
SectorDigital Media
Employees9,500
Revenue 8.1B USD (2020)
DESCRIPTION
Activision Blizzard's corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, California.
Activision Blizzard's corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, California.

Activision Blizzard is a developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and video game products. The Company was originally established in 1979 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 19 of 21
Sector (Digital Media) 15 of 17
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 19 of 21
Country (Ireland) 2 of 2
Year (2015) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2014-05-03 Neversoft Entertainment

Woodland Hills, California, United States

Neversoft Entertainment, Inc. is a console video game developer.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2016-01-01 Major League Gaming

New York, New York, United States

Major League Gaming (MLG) is a professional video game league. The league was formed in 2002 and is based in New York City.

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