Articles Posted in Mergers and Acquisitions


On March 7, 2012, in our San Francisco office, Pillsbury hosted a discussion with prominent industry players from
Electronic Arts, Zynga, Lightspeed Venture Partners and KlickNation
(acquired by EA in 2011) to discuss all aspects of the process
surrounding video game company acquisitions. Topics included: how
deals are sourced in the video game space, how to decide whether or not
to sell, how to shop your company and how to negotiate deal value and
other key terms. Panelists came from both sides of the table to provide
insights as to how deals work from the perspective of the strategic
buyer and the founder/VC investor.

To read about the top takeaways from the event, visit Inside Mobile Apps.


According to a press release today, the Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Playdom Inc., one of the leading
companies in the fast-growing business of online social gaming for $563 million plus an earn out of up to $200 million more.

According to the release, in just two and a half years of operation, Playdom has established itself as
a pacesetter in building popular games for social networks enjoyed by consumers
around the globe. Through well-known titles like Social City, Sorority Life,
Market Street
and Bola, Playdom engages an estimated 42 million
active players each month.

Disney President and
CEO, Robert A. Iger stated:

“We see strong growth potential in bringing together Playdom’s talented team
and capabilities with our great creative properties, people and world-renowned
brands like Disney, ABC, ESPN and Marvel.” said Robert A. Iger, President and
CEO, The Walt Disney Company.

This deal is just the latest in what has been a rapidly growing and evolving industry segment.