I finally got caught up on reading 8K filings and saw that Zynga‘s acquisition of 80% of Super Giant GamesOy was in exchange for $363.5 Million in cash and 63,794,746 shares of Class A common stock. At today’s $4.40/share (if the Super Giant team and investors could sell that much on the open market at that price), that would be $280.7 Million. That’s Approximately $644.2 Million so far with an almost $50M profit from the Zynga share value increase. The remaining 20% of the company will be acquired over the next three years based on profit goals. Empires & Puzzles is amazingly well designed and it’s going to prove to be a bargain even if the total with the earn out reaches $1 Billion.
According to the 8K, Super Giant received $333,549,846 in cash (not including cash and liabilities) and $230,936,975 in Stock (@$3.62/share on December 20, 2018). So we can derive that Super Giant still had about $32 Million in cash when they were acquired. They were
Here’s a quote from the original Tech Cruncharticle on the acquisition, “The company reported $33 million of revenue for Empires & Puzzles, its most popular game, 10 months after its launch in 2017.”
I think this is a fantastic acquisition by Zynga that really adds to their balance sheet and their internal capabilities.
According to Newzoo, the top 100 countries in the world by game revenue includes:
1.7 billion gamers
$81.5 billion in revenue for 2014 this year
The US is the top country for game revenue in 2014 at $20.5 billion
Japan monetizes the most per person online at $120.20
I ran the numbers differently than they did. You can see the ranks of game revenue by country on the left, but I chose to look at it differently. I divided the revenue by the online population of each country. This gave me the RPPO (Revenue Per Person Online) – since I figure this is a good gauge of technology and that these people are also likely playing on mobile devices. Then I ran the ARPD (Average Revenue Per Day) based on that number divided by 365. It results in some interesting data.
For me, this is most interesting for geographic (soft) launches of mobile games. If we can look at how a game monetizes in specific country or two, we can make a more educated guess about how it might monetize given the propensity to spend per country. Of course it isn’t flawless, but it sure does give an interesting set of benchmarks to measure against. Here’s the full list.
The Finnish Game Industry is growing at a 39.5 percent growth rate because of some amazing game developers (SuperCell, Rovio, Remedy, (Among others)).
Below is an updated presentation on the market in Finland as well as an outline of opportunities in Finland for anyone looking to start an office there. Of particular note (although not in this presentation) is how Ilkka Paananen and the SuperCell team have deliberately chosen to ensure Finland receives the taxes it is due by not setting up operations in Ireland, the Netherlands Antilles and other tax havens, in order to pay what they owe their country. I applaud this approach to industry development and hope it serves as an example to other companies and countries on how a stand-up company deals with success and helps to build both an ecosystem and industry within a country.
My opinion is that with massive profits and mainstream appeal for many of its games, the Finnish game industry is setup in a way to pay for the development of games that can reach the global audience, but also ensure the industry’s ongoing success. It’s morally righteous and reverent to the local university system (as well as previous commercial entities such as Nokia) which have helped build it, and it appreciates the fact that the universities will continue to be a major part of its growth in the future.
In a world that is often short-sighted, Finland is a leader and their approach is a brilliant example in the post-Montreal economic development era.