Weekly News Digest #45
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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
US-based marketing and data analytics company AppsFlyer acquires Lithuania-based gaming data analytics company devtodev. The strategic acquisition enhances AppsFlyer’s core offerings, strengthens its games suite, and contributes to developing the new AppsFlyer Privacy Cloud Marketplace. Founded in 2014, devtodev focuses on data-driven insights for optimizing user retention and maximizing conversions.
Finland-based games livestreaming start-up Noice has raised $21m of Series A funding from F4 Fund, BITKRAFT, Team Builder Ventures, Sedona Holdings, and several individual investors. Noice plans to integrate competitive and cooperative multiplayer gaming with live streaming on a single platform, allowing users to play while watching. The funding will be used for further platform development and specifically support Noice’s closed beta starting in Nov’23.
France-based mobile games publisher TapNation has raised $16.1m (€15m) in a funding round. Re-Sources Capital, Paluel-Marmont Capital, and several other investors participated in the round. The funding will support TapNation’s goal to diversify its portfolio and strengthen its growth strategy. The company offers a technological platform enabling game testing, player behavior analysis, and identification of promising gameplay.
South Korea-based game developer Clover Games has raised ~$11.4m (₩15B) in a Series B funding round from LB Investment, Kakao Games (KOSDAQ: 293490), Kona Venture Partners, Devsisters Ventures, and other investors. The money will be spent on further developing new IPs and enhancing the studio’s business operations. Clover Games is primarily known for mobile titles like RPG Lord of Heroes and life sim It’s Me; apart from that, the company is currently developing a new title, HeavenHells, that is set to launch in 2025.
US-based VR games developer AstroBeam has raised $3m in a Seed funding round from several investors, including The Venture Reality Fund, Anorak Ventures, Boost VC, TIRTA Ventures, and Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell. AstroBeam is developing a VR multiplayer game supporting natural hand tracking and voice communication. The title of the game, as well as its release date, are yet undisclosed.
US-based tech startup Orbit Technologies has raised $0.5m in a pre-Seed funding round led by Dune Ventures. Orbit focuses on creating immersive neurotechnologies for gaming and virtual reality. The funds will be used to prepare the product for production, aiming for a pre-sale launch in Q2’24.
Turkey-based mobile games developer SuperGears Games has raised an undisclosed sum in a Seed funding round led by The TMRW Foundation, with the participation of former Unity VP Ulaş Karademir and Genco Alp, CEO of Ingame Group. The company is currently developing its first title, Racing Kingdom. With this investment, the founder of The TMRW Foundation and the creator of the Far Cry and Crysis series, Cevat Yerli, will join the Board.
China-based interactive entertainment developer Intiny has raised an undisclosed sum in a funding round from HippoJoy. The company is developing live-action interactive video games, like Love is All Around! The investment explicitly targets Intiny’s interactive film and television business, marking a significant move by HippoJoy into this gaming industry sector.
US-based digital entertainment VC firm GFR Fund has raised $53.5m for its third fund to invest in gaming and entertainment organizations. The fund focuses on early-stage companies with an emphasis on startups and first-time entrepreneurs. The previous GFR investments are VRChat, Stacked, Freedom Games, and several other studios.