Hero Wars maker Nexters goes public in SPAC at $1.9B valuation

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Mobile game maker Nexters is going public today by means of a particular objective acquisition firm (SPAC) in a deal that values the firm at an enterprise worth of $1.9 billion.

Under the terms of the deal, Nexters and its shareholders will get a total of $132 million. About half of that will go into the firm whilst shareholders at SPAC firm Kismet Acquisition One will get the rest.

SPACs have turn out to be a preferred way for rapid-moving providers to go public without having all the hassle of a standard IPO. SPACs are set up by managers who raise income in a blind shell firm, and the investors do not know what they’re placing their income into.

Nexters, which is based in Cyprus and has development operations in Eastern European cities such as Moscow, has struck a deal to merge with Kismet Acquisition One, a SPAC formed to take a private firm public. Nexters’ largest game is Hero Wars RPG, a part-playing game which has had more than 120 million downloads on iOS and Android to date. All told, the firm has more than 200 million downloads. Its principal aim is to provide midcore (hardcore gameplay in brief time cycles) gaming to more casual players.


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Trading for Nexters starts today on Nasdaq below the symbols GDEV and GDEVW. The small business mixture was authorized throughout a particular meeting of Kismet’s shareholders on August 18.

“The SPAC holders voted for the deal,” stated CEO Andrey Fadeev in an interview with GamesBeat. “And now we have cash for our M&A purposes,” Fadeev stated. “We are completely happy because this was our dream, to go after this public market and to have public currency.”

The shareholders who will get the funds involve Kismet trust account, Kismet Sponsor, and (private investment in public equity) PIPE investors Mubadala Investment Company and VPE Capital. Kismet is led by billionaire Ivan Tavrin. A PIPE enables added private investors to get into a SPAC deal.

The $132 million is slightly significantly less than the $150 million the firm anticipated to have right after the transaction, but it has gotten tougher to pull off SPACs as the market place is volatile and regulators are providing SPACS more scrutiny.

These proceeds are anticipated to accelerate each organic and inorganic development initiatives at the firm, and will be deployed, amongst other factors, to fund the development of new items with a focus on additional expansion into more casual genres, the launch of games across added geographies, and bargains with premier gaming providers by means of Nexters’ properly-established connections in the gaming business.

Nexters’ public listing is also anticipated to help its aim to turn out to be the top consolidator in the gaming space in Russian speaking nations, Eastern Europe, and beyond, capitalizing on the important chance in the market place whilst deploying its established worth creation playbook to help other providers and driving meaningful synergies more than time.

Nexters makes games such as Hero Wars.

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Fadeev and study and development head Boris Gertsovskiy will continue to lead the firm, which has more than 600 game developers. The board consists of Fadeev, Gertsovskiy, Igor Bukhman, Dmitrii Bukhman, Andrew Sheppard, Natasha Braginsky Mounier, and Ivan Tavrin.

Credit Suisse, BofA Securities, and LionTree Advisors served as monetary advisors to Kismet Acquisition One. Credit Suisse and BofA Securities also acted as capital markets advisors to Kismet Acquisition One.

Game functionality

The firm raised its monetary functionality estimates right after its initially half was greater than anticipated. Players’ behavior continued to show positive dynamics, with the month-to-month typical bookings per paying user increasing by 7% in Q1 to $115. That suggests the paying customers are spending more income. The firm estimates year-on-year income development of 48% in Q1 2021 based on a strong 15% development in bookings, which have been $113 million. And due development in April, the firm is raising its estimate for the year and says bookings will develop 38% in 2021. Hero Wars has seven million month-to-month active players.

Fadeev stated the company’s games will not quit becoming exciting when the pandemic ends. On the one hand, he sees ongoing development of Hero Wars, a “forever franchise” initially released in 2016. On the other hand, the firm sees some promising benefits from new titles such as Chibi Island, a farming adventure game.

Reinhold stated Chibi Island requires a lot of lessons from Hero Wars and applies it for not only greater downloads but enhanced monetization as properly. In that game, players can develop their farms like in FarmVille. But it has a important adventure element as you can unlock and discover various components of the island.

That game went into restricted “soft launch” at the finish of 2020 and is anticipated to totally launch this year.


Hero Wars RPG maker Nexters generated $318 million in net bookings in 2020.

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This is a significant chance on Fadeev’s home turf in Eastern Europe. Fadeev and his group speaks Russian, and it will be in a position to work with the game development teams in the area more simply, stated Anton Reinhold, chief small business development officer at Nexters, in an interview with GamesBeat. They think that Nexters will have an benefit compared to other aggressive investors and acquirers when it comes to bargains.

The Games Fund, a game-focused venture capital firm began by Russian investment specialists, estimates Eastern Europe has about 5,000 game studios. Fadeev estimates 1,000 of these are in Russia, and he knows a lot of of them by means of his previous associations with the leaders in a game business group.

“It’s not super hard to translate from Russian, but others don’t understand the culture,” Reinhold stated. “One of our strategic points is to become a consolidator.”

The deal is taking place a tiny late based on the original plans. It took some time for the firm to adjust its accounting technique to U.S.-based GAAP reporting, Fadeev stated. They also noted that SPACs are having more scrutiny as properly.

“We surpassed all of the issues,” Fadeev stated.

And he noted that Tavrin has a lot of practical experience in performing bargains.

“We believe that in the long term we will create a great business and bring a lot of value for the shareholders,” Fadeev stated.

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