Take-Two (GTA, Red Dead, Bioshock ..) buys Zynga (Farmville) for a record sum

No respite for acquisitions in the video game market, since we learn today that the Take-Two group has offered itself the mobile game giant Zynga. In detail, Take-Two confirms that it will acquire all of Zynga’s shares for a total value of $ 9.861 per share ($ 3.50 in cash and $ 6.361 in Take-Two common stock), for a total value … of 12.7 billions of dollars ! A record in the world of video games.

Take-Two s’offre Zynga

For the record, if Take-Two has established itself for a few years now as a video game giant, with licenses such as GTA, Midnght Club, Borderlands, Red Dead Redemption or even Bioshock, Zynga may prove to be more confidential for some. . Perhaps this is because the group specializes in mobile video games, which does not prevent them from holding very (very) powerful licenses, like FarmVille, Words With Friends, CSR Racing, Empires & Puzzles, Golf Rival. , Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, Merge Dragons! or Zynga Poker.

FarmVille

© Zynga

For the record, Zynga went public on for a billion dollars, making Zynga the biggest Internet business IPO since the one in 2004… by Google. On the Take-Two side, we obviously plan to use the 3,000 Zynga employees to develop new mobile games, inspired by the largest home licenses.

We are delighted to announce our transaction with Zynga, which significantly diversifies our business and establishes our leadership position in mobile, the fastest growing segment of the interactive entertainment industry.“Said Strauss Zelnick, President and CEO of Take-Two.

By way of comparison, at the end of 2020, Microsoft offered itself the giant ZeniMax Media, which has a very rich portfolio of licenses, with Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Fallout, The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls … A transaction which then amounted to 7.5 billion dollars “only”. Let us recall in passing that Take-Two has recently (and sadly) illustrated itself by taking legal action against the “Game of the Year”Of the last Game Awards, namely It Takes Two…

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