In 2021, the video games industry has seen 635 deals announced and/or closed that are worth a combined $60 billion.
The estimate came from investment bank Drake Star Partners, which also pointed out that the $60 billion reached during the first half of 2021 is nearly twice as much as the amount invested in all of 2020 ($33.6 billion).
- M&A deals saw investors spend a total of $23 billion during H1 2021;
- Public financing deals reached $16.4 billion;
- IPOs were worth a total of $11.2 billion.
Zooming in on the M&A deals by platform, the PC/console segment took the lead with 51 M&As, followed by 44 in mobile. Esports accounted for 38 M&As.
The biggest deal closed in the first half of 2021 was, of course, the Zenimax acquisition by Microsoft for $7.5 billion.