A message from co-CEOs Javier Ferreira and Walter Driver:
When the Scopely journey began just over a decade ago, we set out to create extraordinary experiences that connected people and made them feel something special. We were energized by the adventure ahead and knew we would succeed if we stayed true to our mission to inspire play, every day. As we reflect on the last 10+ years, what an amazing ride it has been so far.
Our north star has always been to expand the possibilities of play by creating a wide range of experiences from “Star Trek™ Fleet Command” to “Scrabble® GO,” “Yahtzee® With Buddies” and more, as well as expanding upon favorites like “MARVEL Strike Force,” “Stumble Guys,” and “Tiki Solitaire TriPeaks.” We take great pride in building games that excite players every day, made possible through the talent and passion of each and every Scopelean, our diverse global ecosystem of world-class game studios, and our partners. We have experienced growth beyond our wildest imagination -- with millions of players now enjoying Scopely games and a team presence spanning the globe, uniting both employees and players through a collective love of games.
We have been deliberate and purposeful throughout our journey, never wavering from our mission. And, today, we’re thrilled to announce the next major step in our journey.
We are excited to share that we have signed an agreement to join Savvy Games Group (“Savvy”).
Led by chief executive, Brian Ward, who has deep experience in games and technology from Activision Blizzard to Microsoft and Electronic Arts, Savvy is dedicated to driving significant growth of the games industry by empowering teams such as Scopely.
Scopely will become an autonomous operating company under the Savvy umbrella, joining other complementary games companies such as esports brand ESL FaceIt Group. Through this partnership, Scopely will benefit from Savvy’s ecosystem and long-term commitment to helping us achieve our ambitious goals. Together, we will continue to deliver on our strategy to reimagine the future of play while maintaining the special culture and values that have made Scopely the company we are today.
As we enter into the next chapter of our growth, we remain dedicated to creating games that players love and celebrate our incredible team and partners who made it possible for us to take this massive step forward.
This deal, valued at $4.9 billion, will accelerate the expansion of our live games, slate, team, and technology to bring even more immersive experiences to communities around the world. Together with Savvy, we are energized to reach new audiences, continue to work with the best talent and studios across the industry, and broaden our reach through more strategic partnerships and acquisitions.
The ambitions we share, the strategy we are pursuing, and the talent we have at Scopely collectively set us up for a strong future. This acquisition validates the hard work our world-class team has put in over the years, and we are so grateful for their ongoing passion and dedication.
To us, this is just the beginning.
The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as financial advisor, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as transaction counsel, and Goodwin Procter LLP acted as corporate counsel to Scopely.