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Scopely swoops for Glu’s Rob Ricca to lead M&A activity

Rob Ricca previously led M&A at Glu Mobile, during which time it purchased Crowdstaf and Plain Vanilla
Scopely swoops for Glu’s Rob Ricca to lead M&A activity

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival publisher Scopely has swooped Glu Mobile’s head of business and corporate development Rob Ricca to lead its M&A activity.

As VP of corporate development, he’ll lead the company’s charge for acquisitions and strategic investments.

Ricca will seek out potential partners across the globe as Scopely looks to grow its business.

The company recently closed a $160 million funding round in 2017 and 2018, bringing the total it’s raised to date to $250 million. Combined with a successful business, the company has cash to burn in the M&A space.

As the global games industry consolidates, Scopely believes it’s well-positioned to be a key player.

Key hire

Ricca previously worked at Design Home publisher Glu Mobile for four years as head of business and corporate development. During that time he led the company’s M&A activity.

During his time at Glu the company acquired Design Home and Covet: Fashion developer Crowdstar for $45 million and QuizUp studio Plain Vanilla for $8.7 million. The acquisition of Crowdstar in particular has played a key role in taking Glu towards profitability and is now a flagship title for the company.

"I'm truly excited to be working with the stellar team at Scopely," said Ricca.

"I was drawn to the business because of its incredible momentum, repeated success and calibre of talent, and I look forward to forging new partnerships that further grow our portfolio of products and services around the globe."

Scopely chief revenue officer Tim O’Brien added: “Rob’s knowledge and experience in the gaming industry coupled with his breadth of experience across M&A activity are a perfect combination for the Scopely business and we’re thrilled to have him on board to help advance our global footprint.”

Scopely was ranked 33rd in's Top 50 Developer list for 2018.