DDM reports that video game investments reached nearly $3.5 billion across 243 deals. The figures reflect that Q1 2022 was the highest Q1 by volume and the second-highest Q1 by value.
Digital Development Management (DDM) reported that video game investments reached nearly $3.5 in the first quarter of 2022. Although the figure represents a 10.3% decrease compared to the same period in the previous year, Q1 2022 still was the second-highest Q1 by value.
During this period, the market saw a record-high number of transactions – 243 investments were made in the last quarter. Nearly half of the investment volume came from blockchain gaming investments – most of them were done in early-stage rounds and came from non-traditional gaming investors.
The total value of M&A activities reached $7.9 billion over 84 transactions (a 276.2% growth compared to the same period the year earlier). DDM notes that four of these transactions were worth over one billion dollars. These transactions include Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund purchase of Nexon shares and GN Group's acquisition of a manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories SteelSeries, for $1.2 billion.
DDM also revealed that the gaming industry raised nearly $11.4 billion across disclosed investments, mergers, and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2022.
DDM's report didn't include such acquisitions as Microsoft and Activision Blizzard deal, Sony acquiring Bungie, and Take-Two purchasing Zynga as despite the deals being announced in Q1 2022, they aren't closed yet. However, the firm noted that will include those deals in future reports.
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