gamigo acquires platform company highdigit; Aeria Games merger completed

  • Takeover of highdigit GmbH extends platform services
  • Aeria becomes part of the gamigo Group; merger completed

gamigo AG (“gamigo“,bond ISIN: DE000A1TNJY0) continues its expansion and has taken over 100% of highdigit GmbH, founded in 2012. highdigit GmbH, with registered office in Berlin, is an innovative tech start-up.

With its hd backend, highdigit GmbH offers games publishers and developers modular all-in-one solutions for the operation and marketing of their products. This includes payment services with more 100 international payment methods as well as marketing, CRM, analysis and support tools. highdigit cooperates with renowned customers, including Wingracers of Red Bull, PayPal as well as paysafecard. With this takeover the gamigo Group enlarges its platform strategy. The technical solution of the hd backend is a good supplement to the technical platform of the gamigo Group, more particularly in the field of software-as-a-service solutions. At the same time, the takeover results in a growth in the B2B customer portfolio and sales revenues.

The strategic merger of gamigo AG with Aeria Games Europe GmbH, announced in May, has been completed after the clearing by the competent antitrust authorities by a contribution of Aeria Games as well as SevenGames Network to gamigo AG. The merger is a logical step to build a leading platform for the consolidation of the European games market. The combination doing business under the name of gamigo can rely on a strong position in publishing and distribution, more particularly for free-to-play games in Europe and North America and counts already more than 100 million registered user accounts. The merged publisher boasts a broad portfolio of more than 20 multiplayer and more than 500 casual games. The games are at present offered for sale in more than 20 countries. For this year and beyond, various new publications of mobile and online games are already scheduled.

The ProSiebenSat.1 Group has contributed its 100 percent stake in Aeria Games and SevenGames Network to gamigo AG and is now a minority shareholder of gamigo AG with 33 percent. SevenGames Network GmbH will in future do business under the name of adspree media GmbH.

With the takeover of highdigit GmbH as well as the merger with Aeria Games, gamigo is consistently pressing ahead with the extension of its platform strategy. Substantial synergies will be leveraged during the coming 12 months. As a result of the merger, the gamigo Group has become the leading games corporation in Europe and North America in the field of free-to-play browser, download, client and mobile games.

Remco Westermann, CEO of gamigo AG, comments: “Since 2014 gamigo AG has made more than 10 acquisitions, including technology and games companies as well as individual games assets. Further strategic takeovers by gamigo AG are already planned.”

About the gamigo group
The gamigo group is one of the leading gaming companies in Europe and North America with more than 100 million registered user accounts and over 300 staff members in Hamburg, Berlin, Münster, Darmstadt (Germany), Chicago, San Francisco (USA) and Seoul (Korea). The company functions as a publisher for free-to-play mobile and online games and also offers modular Software as a Service solutions for business customers within the scope of the gamigo platform strategy. The gamigo platform helps publishers and developers from all over the world publish and promote their products efficiently and cost-effectively. The company’s core portfolio is comprised of successful games like Fiesta Online, Last Chaos, Dragon’s Prophet, Desert Operations, Echo of Soul, Shaiya, Dawn of Gods, Goal One and the cross-platform game The Rats. As early as in the year 2000, gamigo published the first MMOG that was completely localized into German. gamigo strives to grow its business organically as well as via acquisitions and has performed 10+ M&As since 2014, including companies specializing in games and technology as well as individual game assets.

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