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Take-Two Seals $12.7B Deal with ‘FarmVille’ Maker

  • The deal was first announced in January 2022.
  • It brings together two of the largest video game makers in the U.S.

Take-Two Interactive has completed its acquisition of mobile game developer Zynga in a deal valued at $12.7 billion. 

The acquisition — first announced in January 2022 — brings together two of the largest video game makers in the U.S. and immediately makes Take-Two a major player in a global mobile gaming market projected to reach $153.5 billion by 2027, per ResearchandMarkets.com. 

Take-Two’s purchase of the San Francisco-based developer will be funded with $2.7 billion in financing from JPMorgan Chase, Take-Two’s balance sheet, and a debt issuance.

  • Zynga is the mobile game maker behind “FarmVille” and “Words with Friends.”
  • It generated $695 million in revenue in Q4 2021, an 8% increase year-over-year. 
  • Its online game division reeled in $534 million in revenue in Q4, up 7% year-over-year.
  • Full-year revenue for Zynga reached $2.8 billion in 2021, up 42% compared to FY2020. 

Take-Two’s acquisition follows a strong fiscal Q4 for the company, which owns major video game publishers including Rockstar Games and 2K. The company generated $930 million in revenue during the quarter, surpassing its forecast of between $835 million and $885 million. 

The stronger-than-expected results were driven by its digitally delivered revenue, which reached $833 million in fiscal Q4, up 9% year-over-year. The largest contributor was “NBA 2K22,” which has sold more than 10 million copies since Sept. 9, 2021.

Big Deals

Take-Two’s purchase of Zynga adds to another major acquisition in the gaming industry. In January, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. The all-cash deal is pending regulatory approvals.

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