Denver, CO

47.81°F

12:00pm
/ Cambridge, MA

50.08°F

12:00pm

Konvoy Ventures is a thesis driven venture capital firm focused on the video gaming industry. We invest in infrastructure technology, tools, and platforms.

Content Buying Spree

Game content consolidation, Roblox's focus on safety

Game Content Consolidation

We are currently in the midst of an arms race for gaming content, especially within mobile. About every week a mobile game company is acquiring another. In media, value is determined by where the eyes are and, based on recent acquisition data, these eyes are definitely within gaming. Here is a look at game studio acquisitions since December 1st, 2019.

  • Azerion Acquires Spil Games (Undisclosed Amount)
  • Ubisoft Acquires Kolibri Games (Undisclosed Amount)
  • Garena Acquires Phoenix Labs ($150M)
  • Scopely Acquires FoxNext Games (Undisclosed Amount)
  • Stillfront Group Acquires Storm8 ($400M)
  • Tencent Acquires Funcom ($148M)
  • Miniclip Acquires Ilyon Games ($100M)
  • Team17 Acquires Yippee Entertainment ($1.85M)
  • Google Stadia Acquires Typhoon Studios (Undisclosed Amount)
  • Embracer Group Acquires Tarsier Studios ($9.3M)
  • N3twork Acquires Funko Pop Blitz (Undisclosed Sum)
  • Animoca Brands Acquires nWay ($7.69M)
  • Voodoo Acquires Gumbug (Undisclosed Sum)
  • Playrix Acquires Eipix Entertainment (Undisclosed Sum)
  • Kongregate Acquires Surviv.io (Undisclosed Sum)

We expect to continue to see continued studio consolidation in mobile.

Safety on Roblox

Laura Higgens, the head of digital civility for Roblox (that's a new one), did an interview on DoF about how they approach protecting their 100M+ MAUs. The majority of their players are under the age of 17, and many of the players are under the age of 13; therefore, safety for minors is top of mind at Roblox. Laura identifies three major ways they attempt to keep their players safe:

  • Contact screening (e.g. strict chat filtering)
  • Exposure to indecent content (e.g. restricting media uploads)
  • Exposure to monetization mechanics where kids are scammed (e.g. an unfair trade)

89% of the Roblox parents surveyed said they were “fearful of online gaming for their children.” Ironically, 88% of the same parent dataset said they “could see the benefits of gaming for skills needed in future employment.” Parents are often stuck in this spot of seeing the benefits of gaming, while also being all too aware of the risks.

Overall, I am very impressed with Roblox’s proactiveness in arming parents with safeguards for their kids. Protecting the gaming social square to be a place of play where kids learn teamwork and civility is paramount.

One of our portfolio companies, EQU8, is rolling out a feature to reward players for good behavior (e.g. 30 days w/o toxic behavior and no cheating detected). Toxicity and cheating has gotten out of hand in gaming, and I am excited to see more entrepreneurs tackle it head-on as we hopefully rebuild the online gaming social square with foundations of civility.