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'Time is right' for mobile and online investment

IBIS Capital's Tim Merel set to kick off GDC Europe business track with fundraising session

IBIS Capital's Tim Merel will be discussing the opportunities for investment in the videogames space at next month's GDC Europe, taking place in Cologne.

According to the investment bank's director, the mobile and online sectors are ripe for investment, and he'll be outlining some of the findings from the company's updated Global Videogames Investment Review.

"The videogames industry is big, getting bigger and changing, with console game costs, revenue and risks accelerating and online and mobile games growing and fragmenting the market," he said. "Investment dynamics are entering a new phase, with growth investment opportunities in online and mobile games, as pure console sector growth is flat (and risky).

"Today online/mobile games generate around a third of all games software revenues globally. In five years' time they are forecast to generate 50 per cent of all games software revenue, or around a fifth more revenue than pure console games.

"Whether you have faith in the forecasts or not, CEOs and senior execs from the major US, European and Asian publishers all tell me that this is what keeps them awake at night. What excites me about the online and mobile games markets is that they are both high growth and profitable, which is pretty rare. The leading competitors are growing revenue 100 per cent-plus annually while also delivering 20-30 per cent EBITDA margins.

"Coupled with a fragmented industry structure, no real market dominance and clear strategic exit options to the major videogames and media companies, the time for investment is now."

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