Acquisitions happen naturally within any industry, with gaming companies being no exception.
According to recent research done by the Corum Group in 2014, it was found that out of the top 10 deals in the gaming industry, 9 of those involved Asian acquirers.
This trend held strong as last year there were 8 Asian firms involved out of the top 10 acquisitions within the online gaming industry. This may have been because the casual gamer is on the rise as mobile games become more widespread especially within Asia. In 2013, the value of all deals relating to games rose by 29% up to $5.6 billion total.
The video game industry is always in a state of uncertainty as any major publisher/game developer can get bought out and become a subsidiary of another large corporation. This is the case, recently, with From Software, developers of Dark Souls and Armored Core.
Technology companies these days rarely only have one function, rather encompassing a multitude of services. This seems to be the case with Amazon because recently, they acquired Double Helix Games for both IP as well as the talent.
Acquisitions are a fun but controversial topic within the gaming industry and are hard to avoid with so many innovative startups coming into play these days within the technology industry. This holds true with the recent blockbuster acquisition made by Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for 2 billion dollars.