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Take-Two buys Zynga for US$12.7 billion in largest gaming acquisition ever

By Tim Augustin - on 11 Jan 2022, 3:05pm

Take-Two buys Zynga for US$12.7 billion in largest gaming acquisition ever

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That’s a lot of money. 

Videogame company Take-Two has acquired Zynga for the hefty sum of US$12.7 billion, marking the largest gaming acquisition of all time. The acquisition was announced via Businesswire, cementing Take-Two as one of the biggest publishers in mobile gaming in existence. 

Zynga is one of the foremost names in mobile gaming, owning a slate of popular IP ranging from Farmville to Words with Friends. Just recently the developer announced its latest multiplayer game based in the Star Wars universe, titled Star Wars: Hunters. Take-Two is clearly looking to make strides in the world of mobile gaming, and Zynga isn’t a bad place to start. 

Zynga’s purchase of US$12.7 billion breaks the previous record of US$10.2 billion spent on a gaming acquisition, which occurred when Tencent bought Clash of Clans developer Supercell. Previously, Microsoft’s acquisition of Zenimax Media was seen as a massive gaming acquisition, with a purchase of US$7.5 billion. That number has since been dwarfed. 

It will be interesting to see what Take-Two does with Zynga after this new acquisition, but one thing’s for sure: the future of Farmville is bright. 

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