Factbox: Biggest deals in the consolidating videogame market

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Jan 31 (Reuters) - The videogame industry received a massive fillip from the COVID-19 pandemic as people increasingly turned to digital entertainment during lockdowns, and firms in the sector consolidated to boost their library of popular titles.

The global games market in 2021 generated total revenues of $180.3 billion and it is expected to generate revenues of $218.8 billion by 2024, according to data analytics firm Newzoo.

Videogame companies have also sharpened their focus on mobile games as restrictions ease and people ditch their PCs and TV screens to step outside. The mobile gaming market is likely to reach a size of $116.4 billion by 2024, according to Newzoo.

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Xbox maker Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Jan. 18 that it would buy "Call of Duty" videogame maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for $68.7 billion in cash, the largest deal in the sector. read more

Here is a list of the biggest videogame deals in the past few years:

Source: Refinitiv, an LSEG Business

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Reporting by Eva Mathews and Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M. and Amy Caren Daniel

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