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Embracer acquisition spree lands it Good World Leisure, Darkish Horse Media, and extra



Embracer Group is ending 2021 on a busy observe. The holding firm and dad or mum to THQ Nordic (and plenty of others) introduced 5 new and upcoming acquisitions at the moment, together with manufacturers throughout recreation improvement, comedian ebook publishing, and animation.

It is a sizable batch of acquisitions even for Embracer, a usually prolific firm on the M&A entrance. These newest buys construct on its freshly introduced €2.75 billion acquisition of Asmodee, and deepens the corporate’s foray into transmedia ventures.

On the strictly recreation improvement facet of these new acquisitions is the $103 million web money buy of Cryptic Studios dad or mum firm Good World Leisure, which incorporates each Cryptic and PWE Publishing, in addition to its separate acquisition of Mortal Kombat 11′s Change developer Shiver Leisure for an undisclosed sum by way of Embracer’s Saber Interactive subsidiary.

Whereas circuitously a recreation firm on the floor, at the moment’s bulletins additionally embrace information that Embracer plans to accumulate Darkish Horse Comics for an undisclosed sum, granting it management of the corporate’s sizable comedian ebook publishing enterprise and an expansive library of 300 mental properties. Embracer provides in a press launch that the pool of IP that’ll come over together with Darkish Horse is ripe for “transmedia exploitation,” as the corporate can then leverage these manufacturers into new online game initiatives down the road.

Different main strikes from Embracer at the moment embrace its acquisition of movie and recreation animation studio animation studio DIGIC, identified Netflix’s “Love, Loss of life, and Robots”, in addition to the German advertising-based VOD firm Spotfilm Networx. In each circumstances, buy costs weren’t disclosed.

The ink is already dry on a number of of those offers, together with Shiver, Spotfilm, and PWE. In the meantime, the acquisition of Darkish Horse is anticipated to shut in early 2022 and the DIGIC deal is anticipated to shut in Embracer’s This fall.

As talked about earlier on, these newest strikes solely construct on Embracer’s sizable acquisition historical past. This summer season, Embracer famous that it had spoken with upwards of 150 firms in 2020 about potential buys. Along with the upcoming Asmodee purchase talked about above, Embracer has additionally picked up the likes of Demiurge, Fractured Byte, Ghost Ship, 3D Realms, CrazyLabs, and a number of other others simply this 12 months alone.

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