Scopely acquires GSN Games from Sony for $1B

On October 18, 2021, Scopely, a US-based mobile game developer and publisher, announced the acquisition of GSN Games, the gaming division of Sony’s Game Show Network (GSN).

  • Scopely, a company that has in its portfolio such game titles as Wheel of Fortune: Free PlayThe Walking Dead: Road to Survival, and Star Trek: Fleet Command, will acquire GSN Games from Sony Pictures Entertainment in a deal worth about $1 billion.
  • Half of this amount will be paid in cash and the remainder in equity of the acquiring company, giving GSN Games a minority stake in Scopely.
  • In November 2019, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which had already owned 58% of Game Show Network at the time, bought the remaining 42% from mobile operator AT&T for $380 million. And now, Scopely is acquiring the GSN gaming division from Sony.
  • The portfolio of GSN Games includes such games as Casino, Bingo Bash, Solitaire TriPeaks, and WorldWinner. It has an office in Ukraine.
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  • The Kyiv office of GSN Games was opened on the base of the acquired Zaporizhzhia studio Idle Games, which had previously bought its contractor — Zaporizhzhia outsourcing company Trafford. According to DOU, the Ukrainian office of the company employs up to 80 professionals, with the total number of employees worldwide being about 400.