6 May — 12 May / 2024

Weekly News Digest #19


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Overwolf acquires NitroPay


Overwolf Acquires Nitropay

Overwolf Acquires NitroPay

Israel-based UGC and modding tools developer Overwolf has acquired US-based ad tech company NitroPay. Though the sum of the transaction is undisclosed, it is reported to be an eight-figure deal.

Founded in 2017, NitroPay provides ad tech solutions, specializing in ad placement, revenue management, and detailed analytics for websites with significant monthly traffic. This enables website owners to monetize their content through targeted ads and track the performance of these ads. Among the company’s partners are Google, Yahoo, Xandr, Pulsepoint, and others. Overwolf also partnered with NitroPay before the acquisition.

Upon completion of the deal, NitroPay will be rebranded as Nitro (we’ll stick to that name hereafter) and operate as a division of Overwolf. This will eventually lead Nitro to focus more on the gaming industry, targeting gaming websites, publishers, and advertisers.

Let’s have a quick background overview to understand how an ad tech company can complement Overwolf’s existing business.

Overwolf: Building All-in-one UGC and Modding Platform

Founded in 2010, Overwolf is primarily known as a UGC tool kit developer. It offers its users tools to create overlay apps. The company’s stack allows gamers to create simple apps that enhance their gaming experience with functionalities like tracking kills, deaths, and match outcomes.

Overwolf Business
Source: Overwolf

Since its foundation, Overwolf has raised $148.3m across four funding rounds:
— In Sep’13, Overwolf raised $5.3m in a funding round for further development of the in-game app, which was in beta by that time;
— Nov’18, the company raised $16m in a Series B funding round to accelerate further growth of its platform;
— In 2021, Overwolf raised $127m in Series C and Series D funding rounds.

The company is also known as a strategic acquirer and investor. In Jun’20, Overwolf acquired gaming modding platform CurseForge, which engages in the creation of mods for such IPs as World of WarcraftGrand Theft AutoThe Sims, and others. In Mar’22, the company acquired Tebex, a private gaming server monetization tool, for $29m. Tebex’s tools help users to create server webstores, process payments, and manage taxes. Together with the core business of Overwolf, these two divisions, in many ways, constitute the company’s core offering today.

Curseforge Business
Source: CurseForge, a division of Overwolf

As for the company’s investment activity, it has made at least nine deals since 2020. Some of the most notable participations include Forte’s $725m Series B round, Pragma’s $22m Series A round, and Red Rover’s $15m Series A round.

Though the company’s background shows its strong focus on inorganic growth, its M&A activity was pretty selective. Each of the newly acquired companies contributed to the goal of creating an all-in-one solution for the development and monetization of UGC content. Nitro is another match in this contest that can further enhance the company’s offering.

Apart from its UGC and modding solutions, Overwolf also has its own gaming ads platform, Overwolf Ads, which recently reached 45 million monthly active users. The platform offers in-game ads in titles such as RobloxLeague of LegendsValorantPUBGCall of DutyFortnite, and other online games. Nitro will support the existing ads business and significantly increase its outreach.

The deal is also a great opportunity to mention the rise of UGC. The long-term success of Roblox and Fortnite’s extensive effort to turn the game into a UGC platform shows how lucrative this segment of UGC can be.

In 2024, at least three UGC tool developers and gaming studios had already closed publicly announced investments: a $1.5m round of Playmakers, a $2.8m round of Overplay, and a $15m round of Avalon. As more companies enter the market, the request for monetization of user content and its advertising will increase.

In 2023 alone, Overwolf paid $201m to in-game creators, a 25% YoY growth. With the purchase of Nitro, Overwolf will be able to offer an even more advanced UGC ecosystem, helping its users create, distribute, and earn money from their developments. Hopefully, this will help the company reach its planned $1B creator payments by 2030.


We want to thank MGVC and Xsolla for supporting this digest.



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Ireland-based games tech company Altera has raised $9m in a Seed funding round led by Patron and First Spark Ventures, with participation from a16z SpeedrunVamosVenturesAlumni Ventures, and other angel investors. The funds will fuel the expansion of artificial intelligence software and workforce. The company focuses on AI development and has already created an AI agent inside Minecraft, which simulates the behavior of real players.

Ireland-based games tech company Yellow has raised $5m in a Seed funding round from a16z. The funds will support the development of the company’s AI-powered 3D character modeling tool. This tool will allow users to generate 3D characters and then integrate them into game engines such as Unity, Unreal Engine, and Roblox.

US-based entertainment studio Iconic Arts has raised $3.1m in a pre-Seed funding round from various angel investors, with a $20m pre-Seed valuation. The funds will be used to create original IPs across games and movies.

Ireland-based game tech company Jamango has raised $2.5m in a pre-Seed funding round led by Elkstone Partners and Delta Partners, with participation from various angel investors. The funding will be used to develop the company’s no-code platform for further browser game development. The platform allows users to create user-generated games using the company’s proprietary game engine.

Singapore-based game tech company Deeplink has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Waterdrip Capital. The funding will fuel the development of the company’s Deeplink Protocol, a decentralized AI cloud gaming protocol for uninterrupted gaming using AI and blockchain technologies. DeepLink Protocol announced it had completed a total of $8m in angel and Series A financing.

US-based web3 games developer Void Labs has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Delphi VenturesOKX VenturesYield Guild Games, Inevitable Games Fund, and other investors. The funds will be used to develop the studio’s title, Blade of God X, a dark-themed AAA action game available across Mobile and PC.