InvestGame breaks down $20.5 billion in 2020 game deals

The game industry has seen an estimated $20.5 billion in acquisitions, investments, and IPOs in the first nine months of the year, according to game investment tracking firm InvestGame.

The amount of money shows a huge amount of activity in games at a time when gameplay is spiking because of the pandemic. The data comes InvestGame, which investment specialist Sergei Evdokimov and Anton Gorodetsky run. (They both work at My.Games, but the company doesn’t produce the report.) While the firm hasn’t tracked past years, it’s a stunning amount of investor activity in gaming while other sectors of the economy are falling apart.

InvestGame tracks deals among game developers, publishers, platform and tech companies, esports, hardware, retail, outsourcing, and other related areas. But it doesn’t including gambling companies in its definition of games. The data also only covers estimates of publicly announced and closed deals in the game industry. Deals where the amounts aren’t disclosed are either estimated or not included. The numbers are estimates of the total value of tracked deals. And these numbers don’t include the biggest deal: Microsoft’s purchase of ZeniMax for $7.5 billion, which has not closed, said Evdokimov in an interview with GamesBeat.

“We track all the pieces of information in the market,” he said. “You see the numbers show it’s very huge and growing, and it’s very active. Our mission is to provide the data for investors.”


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The first three quarters of the year saw 211 gaming deals, 112 platform and tech deals, 89 esports deals, and 25 deals in other categories. Those deals generated $15.35 billion in value for gaming companies (the game developers and publishers), $3.97 billion in platform and technology companies, $685 million for esports

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites Tuesday, breaks scrub streak

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A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


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Space fans have been starved for action lately, with three big missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the past several weeks. But early on Tuesday, SpaceX finally ended the streak that became known as #Scrubtober (and previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new Starlink satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

The Falcon 9 first stage landed again on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX also reports that it caught at least one of the fairing halves that flew on two previous missions.

The launch, originally scheduled for September, was postponed multiple times, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an aberrant ground sensor reading in another. Monday’s scrub was yet again blamed on weather. 

Another SpaceX mission to launch a US Space Force GPS satellite has also been scrubbed multiple times, most recently on Friday. Meanwhile, United Launch Alliance has been trying to get one of its Delta IV Heavy rockets off the ground since August, but has been delayed at least six times. 

Musk expressed his clear frustration with the series of scrubs last week.

“We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted Friday.

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, breaks ‘Scrubtober’ delay streak

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A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


SpaceX

Space fans have been starved for action lately, with three big missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the past several weeks. But early on Tuesday, SpaceX finally ended the streak that became known as #Scrubtober (the hashtag previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new Starlink satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

The Falcon 9 first stage landed again on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX also reports that it caught at least one of the fairing halves that flew on two previous missions.

The launch, originally scheduled for September, was postponed multiple times, including twice last week due to heavy clouds in one case and an aberrant ground sensor reading in another. Monday’s scrub was yet again blamed on weather. 

Another SpaceX mission to launch a US Space Force GPS satellite has also been scrubbed multiple times, most recently on Friday. Meanwhile, United Launch Alliance has been trying to get one of its Delta IV Heavy rockets off the ground since August, but has been delayed at least six times. 

Musk expressed his clear frustration with the series of scrubs last week.

“We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted Friday.

BTS’ Jungkook Debuts Man Bun On ‘Tonight Show’ And Breaks The Internet

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  • Jungkook’s new man bun and stylish hanbok on sent his fans into a frenzy
  • The 23-year-old became a trending topic on Twitter after his appearance on “The Tonight Show”
  • BTS kicked off its week-long residency on the show with a performance of the 2018 hit “Idol”

BTS singer Jungkook broke the internet with his new look following his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday.

The South Korean act, which consists of RM, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jin and Jungkook, kicked off its week-long residency on the show with a performance of the 2018 hit “Idol” at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.

Shortly after their performance, Jungkook became a trending topic on Twitter with more than 1 million mentions on the microblogging platform.

The 23-year-old’s new man bun and stylish hanbok sent his fans around the world into a frenzy, causing him to trend no. 1 worldwide and in the U.S.

Google also witnessed a spike in searches related to Jungkook, with “Bun – Hairstyle” experiencing a 1,100% rise in the related topic searches. “Hanbok – Dress” also saw a similar surge, AllKPop reported.

Jungkook is one of the most popular members of BTS, and most of what he endorses or uses immediately sell out or become trending.

Recently, a clothing brand called A Nothing saw a spike in its social media followers after Jungkook wore its clothing on his birthday.

The clothing brand, which took two years to garner 1,000 followers, saw an increase of over 8,000 followers in just one day after Jungkook wore its apparel, AllKPop reported.

BTS has been having a good few weeks since the release of the band’s first all-English single, “Dynamite.”

The song has once again taken over the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.