Friday, October 7, 2011

Disney In India - part Three

We've seen recently that Disney was undeniably interested by India, all the question is: by what? Is India the next destination for a Disney Magic Kingdom? Will Disney invest in "Kingdom of Dreams"? Or something else? Today, we had news from the "something else" option as Business Standard revealed that Disney acquires all of Indiagames in a $80-100 M deal. And Indiagames is a video games company which means that Disney try to reinforce his position in this activity.

From Business Standard: "In what could be the biggest deal so far in India’s online gaming sector, The Walt Disney Company has acquired all the equity in UTV’s Indiagames for an estimated $80-100 million (Rs 390-490 crore), said industry sources. Indiagames is a leading developer and publisher of mobile and online games.

Earlier this year, Walt Disney had announced the acquisition of UTV Software Communications for Rs 2,000 crore. However, UTV had only 58 per cent stake in Indiagames. Another 42 per cent was held by its founder and promoter, Vishal Gondal, and investors such as Cisco Systems, Adobe and others.
Repeated attempts to get in touch with UTV Software Communications and Indiagames failed. Vishal Gondal, chief executive officer of Indiagames, could not be reached over phone. However, sources close to the development confirmed the stake sale to Business Standard. “Walt Disney had acquired the other 42 per cent from the investors of Indiagames and Vishal Gondal,” said a senior official.

Indiagames, founded in 1999, is one of the earliest Indian companies in the mobile and online gaming segment... Indigames has a market share of around 50 per cent, say experts. Earlier this year, when Walt Disney announced it was taking over UTV Software, it was already a majority shareholder, with 20,497,994 equity shares, accounting for a 50.44 per cent stake.

Before Walt Disney bought UTV Software, there were reports suggesting Gondal and the other investors were in talks with UTV to purchase stake. It was also reported that they were trying to raise funds for doing so from both a private equity consortium and strategic investors".

Don't think thats the end of Disney deal with India, i'm pretty sure there is many more to come...

Full Business Standard article available HERE.

text: copyright Business Standard

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