Take-Two Interactive Software to acquire Nordeus, mobile game developer
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Total consideration of up to $ 378 million in cash, stock and potential bonuses
Acquisition strengthens Take-Two’s mobile activity and expands sports offerings with Top Eleven – football management game with over 240 million registered users
NEW YORK – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) today announced the acquisition of privately held Nordeus for up to $ 378 million. The initial price of $ 225 million is comprised of cash and $ 90 million in newly issued common shares of Take-Two. The founding team of Nordeus will receive the equity consideration and continue to run the business. The cash portion was funded by cash from Take-Two. The number of Take-Two shares will be calculated by dividing $ 90 million by the weighted average closing price per share on the Nasdaq Global Select Market during the thirty trading day period ending on the second trading day before the Closing Date. The cash portion of the purchase price is subject to standard closing adjustments. In addition, the agreement also includes an earn-out consideration based on the achievement by Nordeus of EBITDA results above certain thresholds in each of the first two years. Take-Two’s acquisition of Nordeus is the company’s latest strategic initiative to strengthen its mobile business following the 2017 and 2020 acquisitions of Social Point and Playdots, respectively, which are overseen by Nir Efrat, senior vice president and responsible for mobile telephony for Take-Two.
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Branko Miluntinović, CEO and co-founder of Nordeus (Photo: Business Wire)
Founded in 2010, Nordeus is a mobile games company based in Belgrade, Serbia best known for Top eleven, the world’s most popular mobile football manager * with over 240 million registered users. Top eleven provides players with a platform to create and manage their own football clubs, while guiding them through daily competitions with a global community. The evergreen title continually entertains gamers with innovative game formats, events and features – with more improvements to come. In addition, Nordeus is developing its future football-related mobile titles and technologies. Nordeus is led by its co-founders, Branko Milutinović (CEO), Milan Jovović (CCO), Ivan Stojisavljević (CTO) and Tomislav Mihajlović (COO), who will continue to oversee the approximately 180 studio employees following its acquisition by Take – Of them. Mr. Milutinović will report to Mr. Efrat.
“Our investment in Nordeus further strengthens Take-Two’s mobile gaming business, is highly complementary to Social Point and Playdots, and expands our sports portfolio with our very first football offerings,” said Michael Worosz, vice president executive and responsible for strategy and independence. Publication for Take-Two. “Over the past decade, Top eleven increased its audience, revenue and profitability through Nordeus’ introduction of live operations and continuous gameplay innovations that continue to drive continued consumer engagement. It’s also incredibly exciting for Take-Two to expand our operations into a beautiful, vibrant city like Belgrade; the local talent in science and engineering in Serbia is very strong and the quality of the Nordeus team testifies to this. We are very happy to welcome Branko, Milan, Ivan and Tomislav, as well as the entire Nordeus team to the Take-Two family, and are excited about the long-term potential of their development capabilities, which we hope, will make positive contributions to our business. ”
“We are delighted to join the Take-Two family,” added Branko Miluntinović, CEO and co-founder of Nordeus. “From the start of our conversations with Strauss and the team, we found that we were linked to common values, culture and a shared vision. From a start-up in 2010, to what we are today, Nordeus has built itself to give the world more champions through great gaming experiences such as Top eleven, while also grounding ourselves in the community in Serbia through our continued efforts to give back. We are excited to take our products and our work locally, to the next level with them as we pursue our goal of putting Serbia on the global game map. ”
Harbottle & Lewis LLP, Karanovic & Partners (Serbia) and Hayes Solicitors (Ireland) acted as legal advisers to Take-Two, and PWC provided financial and tax advice to the Company.
Founded in 2010, Nordeus is a mobile games company based in Belgrade, Serbia best known for Top eleven, the world’s most popular mobile football manager * with over 240 million registered users. In November 2017, Nordeus launched the Facebook Messenger game, golden boot, which has been played by over 65 million people and was nominated for Best Instant Game in Facebook game of the year 2017. golden boot is also available worldwide on Android and iOS. Nordeus plays an active role in the local community, with the vision to improve the overall quality of life and work in Serbia. Since the inception of the company, many give back efforts have been made to improve the public medical and educational sectors with particular emphasis on early childhood development. Nordeus co-founded the Digital Serbia Initiative and the Serbian Games Association, in addition to the Nordeus Hub – designed specifically to help teams enter the gaming industry, all with the aim of growing the Serbian digital economy and place Serbia on the game’s world map. For more information on Nordeus, visit www.nordeus.com, or stay up to date with us on LinkedIn.
* Source: AppAnnie based on downloads and revenue up to April 2021.
About Take-Two interactive software
Based in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment to consumers around the world. We develop and publish products primarily through Rockstar Games, 2K, Private Division, Social Point, and Playdots. Our products are designed for console systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The Company’s common shares are listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more company and product information, please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.
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