There was $51.5 billion was invested in games in 2022. Despite an overall 5% drop in market revenues, according to the DDM report, 2022 was the second best year for any major investment and purchase in video games.

A side note: Chinese and UK gaming markets falls partly in 2022

A total of 1,182 deals were recorded, bringing the total to nearly $51.5 billion, second only to 2021, when the market had an investment turnover of around $75 billion.

Net investment amounted to $13.1 billion, with the remaining $38.4 billion coming from mergers between different game studios. However, there is a good chance that 2023 will break the record of previous years, because this year Microsoft intends to acquire Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion, which could literally blow the total turnover from investments and acquisitions for at least 2022 and 2021.

51.5 billion was invested in games
Take-Two’s acquisition of Zynga Studios is the biggest deal of 2022

Last year, however, the largest purchases were Take-Two‘s acquisition of Zynga studio for almost $13 billion, Unity‘s $4.4 billion purchase of ironSourse, and Sony‘s $3.7 billion acquisition of Bungie studio.

Also the amount from one investment fell by 67% compared to 2021, while increasing their total number. As a result, there are more companies, but with less money invested in them.