Sunday, 27 February 2011

Video games fundraising talk and meetings at GDC San Francisco (1-3 Mar)

Digi-Capital's Tim Merel will be talking about video games fundraising at GDC in San Francisco, then following up with high growth video games companies afterwards. Interested companies can contact Tim at tim.merel @

Friday, 25 February 2011

Why China could rule the new age of games

This article written by Dean Takahashi was first published by VentureBeat on February 25, 2011.

As the games business transitions from console and PC titles to social and mobile games, China is set to take away the United States’ leadership in the business.

That’s the bold prediction from Tim Merel, who has made a splash analyzing the video game market in the past couple of years as the managing director at investment bank Digi-Capital. Merel believes that in 2010, video game investment and acquisition activity changed fundamentally and accelerated in a way that it never had in the industry’s decades-long history.


This interview was first published in China on Techweb on 22 February 2011 , as well as in the People’s Daily and others.

Digi-Capital是一个针对高成长数字技术公司的投资银行,并刚刚发表了2011年全球电子游戏投资报告(请见。有关这个报告的主要结论,我们采访了Digi-Capital的常务总监Tim Merel先生。



Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Financial Times article: China's got game

This article was first published by Tim Bradshaw of the Financial Times on 22nd February 2011.

Powered by social networks and mobiles, Chinese video games are set to topple America’s lead as the world’s largest gaming market, according to research by Digi-Capital, a boutique investment bank.
Its new report predicts that revenue from online and mobile games will grow from a third to a half of the industry’s total revenues, at around $44bn, by 2014.

Global Video Games Investment: China, Online, Mobile Ascendent

This interview was first published by Gamasutra on 22nd February 2011.

Digi-Capital, an investment bank focused on high growth digital companies, has just published its 2011 Global Video Games Investment Review (available at or We interviewed Digi-Capital’s Managing Director, Tim Merel, about their major conclusions.

Question: From a video games investment perspective, what trends do you see?

As we anticipated in our 2010 Review, video games activity accelerated and changed fundamentally during 2010. VC games investment approached 2007 levels in 2010 in terms of funds raised, although the number of investments declined. The top 10 investments accounted for ~60% of total games investment in 2010, with a fundamental shift to online/mobile games company investments. However general VC market weakness and limited knowledge and relationships across complex, fast moving online/mobile games sectors still make generalist VC games investment challenging.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

CCTV (China State TV) Biz Asia interview

Digi-Capital's Managing Director Tim Merel was interviewed by CCTV's (Chinese State TV) Biz Asia program about video games investment in China, as well as Chinese games companies investing internationally. The segment gives an insight into what is driving games in China, and some of the companies focused on its rapid development.

The segment can be seen here at 14:30 in the video.