The games industry was once again alive with big deals in November 2016 as companies across the world signed partnerships, acquired studios and made big investments.
We've been keeping track of the biggest deals in the mobile games industry through our deal tracker, which links to all the stories as they happen and offers a great at-a-glance view of what's going on in the industry.
Each month we'll be rounding up these deals and seeing if there are any emerging trends occuring month-on-month.
First off is November 2016, which saw some big deals in China and Asia, HTML5 and chat apps gathering investment, and Glu Mobile making a significant acquisition.
Click on the link below to take a look at the latest games industry deals and trends.
Other investments that reflect a potential new industry trends concern HTML5 and mobile chat apps.
Ontario-based Big Viking Games raised some $21.75 million in funding at the start of November. The developer isn’t just stopping there however, and has ambitions to raise a further $60 million.
It’s all part of its plan to partner with developers, publishers, agencies and brands to develop HTML5 games for mobile. It also wants to acquire other companies and bring its HTML5-based instant gaming engine to broader audience.
One of the biggest deals that came to light in November was Glu Mobile’s $45.5 million acquisition of California-based developer Crowdstar, best known for its fashion game Covet: Fashion.
It’s easy to see why Glu would be interested in the studio – on paper it fits in perfectly with its portfolio of titles that includes Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Britney Spears: American Dream and Kendall & Kylie.
Coveting fashion games
Covet: Fashion has also surpassed 30 million downloads downloads and has previously broken into the top 100 grossing charts on the App Store. The studio is also currently busy developing a new title, Design Home, whic has been soft-launched in Canada.
Though the firm has struggled to replicate the success of its hit celebrity game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and in fact closed Katy Perry Pop in November, it’s a clear sign that Glu isn’t keen to veer away from the audience these games attract despite the company's falling revenues.
In fact, the publisher was so bullish on the genre as to say it hopes to become the leader in the fashion game category following the deal.
More games industry dealings
Those weren't the only deals in the mobile, VR and AR games industries last month, of course.
Below we've rounded up all the other deals we've covered on our deal tracker, which includes more multi-million dollar transactions and numerous partnerships.
Craig Chapple is a freelance analyst, consultant and writer with specialist knowledge of the games industry. He has previously served as Senior Editor at PocketGamer.biz, as well as holding roles at Sensor Tower, Nintendo and Develop.