I was invited to speak at GamesBeat, a conference organized by VentureBeat, in September in San Francisco. The theme was World Domination, and it was certainly present throughout the talks as Tencent, iDreamSky, and Nexon took the stage and spoke about their local markets in Asia and their turning focus on the US and Europe. The gaming M&A market has taken off in the last 24 months and continues to be driven higher by multi-billion dollar casino deals in addition to the exuberance of Asian buyers actively looking to deploy their strong flow of cash to new markets, geographies and industries. My talk includes an informative chart compiled by Corum Group on gaming M&A trends since 2009, which indicates that the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014 have been the highest points in a 5-year history.
A link to my presentation can be found here.