Monday November 18 ,2013 : MGT ACQUIRES SOCIAL GAMING FIRM
Broadens technological expertise and gaming portfolio
MGT Capital Investments has acquired New York City-based social gaming development studio Avcom.
Avcom's focus is on building social casino games for mobile devices under the brand Mobile Vegas. The development team includes the likes of an unnamed former IGT lead artist who was reportedly integral in the development of land based slot favourites American Idol, Sex and the City, and the Dark Knight.
Along with the gaming studio, Avcom brings a proprietary software platform for secure gaming, mobile development, and sophisticated analytics, as well as expertise in the areas of digital marketing and real money gaming.
"The acquisition of Avcom, including its leadership team, places MGT in a strong position to capitalize on the popularity of the social casino industry as well as adding tremendous value to our other gaming properties. We couldn't be happier with the exceptional talent that we have added to our team," said Robert Ladd, Chief Executive Officer of MGT.
MGT expects to issue approximately 491 000 shares of MGT restricted common stock to acquire full ownership of Avcom. In addition, a contingent payment of up to an additional 330,000 shares of restricted common stock is payable if certain revenue targets are reached within an 18-month period.
Avcom will operate under the name MGT Studios and oversee the Company's online and mobile gaming properties and digital marketing. Avcom founder Jeremy Avin will be named General Manager of MGT Studios to lead the effort.
"We're excited by the opportunities that MGT's broad gaming efforts will create for our players, employees and investors," concluded Avin.
Closing is expected within two weeks.