Acquisitions, public offerings and other investments in the games industry have reached $60 billion during the first half of 2021.
That's almost twice as much as the amount for the full year of 2020, investment bank Drake Star Partners reported.
635 deals have been announced and/or closed during the first six months of 2021, with the wide majority of them being private placements (364), followed by merger and acquisitions with 169.
In terms of value, M&A represented the highest value, with a total of $23 billion invested during H1 2021, followed by public financings at $16.4 billion and IPOs at $11.2 billion.
Looking at the M&A deals by segment, there were 51 M&As in the PC/console sector, 44 in mobile, 38 in esports, 28 in hardware/tools, and 8 in platform.
Among the acquisition highlights of the first half of the year, the report mentioned EA acquiring Playdemic for $1.4 billion, WarnerMedia joining with Discovery in a $43 billion deal, and Take-Two acquiring Nordeus for $378 million.
Finally, public market highlights included PUBG parent company Krafton applying for an IPO.
The biggest deal of the first half of 2021, however, was the Zenimax acquisition by Microsoft for $7.5 billion -- while it was announced back in September 2020, the deal was closed earlier this year. It was followed by ByteDance acquisition of Moonton Technology, for $4 billion, and finally EA's acquisition of Glu for $2.1 billion.
Games investments reached $33.6 billion in 2020.