gamigo AG strengthens its Software as a Service business by acquiring mobile payments specialist mbe

06.07.15 19:35
mbe's founders, management and key players will continue to developthis company as part of the gamigo group. The acquisition will enablegamigo to add substantial value to its own platform and the Gaming as aService offering, pushing forward in one of the largest and most promisinggrowth markets at the same time.Since its foundation in 2009, mbe has firmly established itself in themobile payments segment with partners such as Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone,O2, E-Plus, Visa and PayPal. In addition to interfaces for online paymentsfor gaming companies, mbe offers payment solutions for local publictransportation companies, charitable organizations and business customerssuch as Rhein Main Verkehrsverbund, Handelsblatt, Stiftung Warentest, theconsumer associations Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg and VerbraucherzentraleNiedersachsen, WirtschaftsWoche and WWF, among others. The innovativecompany generated revenue of around EUR 1.5 million in 2014.By acquiring the payments provider, gamigo AG is strengthening andexpanding the payments module of its Gaming as a Service platform in asustainable manner and pushing forward in one of the largest, fastestgrowing markets. Due in particular to the buoyant growth in the area ofmobile games, mobile payment is steadily gaining in importance and expertsbelieve this area will see very dynamic growth over the next few years. Ananalysis by PwC of mobile payment systems in Germany forecasts that userfigures will increase from 0.18 million in 2014 to 11 million users in2020. According to the study, the market's growth rates in the B2C sectorwill be around 100 percent per year during this period. By 2020, therevenue generated by providers of mobile payment systems is expected torise to about EUR 500 million per year. Last year, it was roughly EUR 7.4million, according to PwC. The study names security, data protection,multi-channel capability of the solutions in question and wide reach assome of the factors for success in the market for mobile payment systems."Buying mbe gives us a clear head start in the gaming industry. We can makegreater mobile expertise and payment methods available in a more flexiblemanner and at better conditions and are reinforcing our own payment modulein terms of gamigo's platform strategy, thereby making an importantcontribution to growth," stated Theodor Niehues, a member of gamigo AG'sManagement Board.Frank-J. Arnold, Managing Director of mbe GmbH, is convinced that mbe"ideally complements gaming as one of the service activities of the gamigogroup. We believe that this partnership provides significant opportunitiesfor growth."mbe will focus on the area of gaming and further advance its existingactivities.The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The acquisitionwas financed from own funds as well as with bonds.About gamigo group:The gamigo group is one of the leading gaming companies in Europe and NorthAmerica. gamigo was one of the first companies to discover the boomingmarket segment of online games and published the first MMOG that wascompletely localized into German as early as 2000. Approximately 130employees in Hamburg, Berlin (Germany), San Francisco, Chicago (USA), Seoul(Korea) and Kaliningrad (Russia) support the three business areas PlatformServices (including Gaming as a Service and Game Portals), Publishingfree-to-play mobile and online games. gamigo has a wide range of highlypopular titles and a loyal customer base, including successful multiplayeronline role-playing games such as Fiesta Online and Last Chaos. On top, thegames portfolio continues to be further expanded with new titles, such asWickie Online and Kings and Legends. The gamigo group has a total of wellover 40 million registered game accounts worldwide. In addition tomultiplayer online games, gamigo is also increasingly investing in mobilegames, including games such as Dino Empire and the cross-platform game TheRats.About mobile business engine GmbH:Founded in Berlin in 2009, mobile business engine GmbH is a pioneer in thearea of online and mobile payments. mbe's core business areas are CarrierBilling, Payment Service Provisioning and Ticket Solutions. As a driver ofinnovation, mbe teams up with mobile operators to develop new markets formobile payment methods. In addition, mbe has integrated other paymentmethods into its platform such as credit cards, PayPal and ClickandBuy. Theinnovative company is leaving a lasting mark on the online payments marketin particular with its solutions for local public transportation companiesand publishing houses. The objective is to further expand payment methodsfor the area of gaming. mbe provides support to its customers from advisingon business processes to the operation of IT systems with an integratedportfolio of sales, fulfillment and payment solutions (via online, mobileand social applications).If you have any questions in this regard, please contact:edicto GmbHAxel Mühlhaus / Werner RüppelTel.: +49 -(0)69-905505-52Mail: Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - aservice of EQS Group AG.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.The DGAP Distribution Services include Regulatory Announcements,Financial/Corporate News and Press Releases.Media archive at and 06.07.2015


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