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Osborne Clarke advises Miniclip on Eight Pixels Square acquisition


Written on 19 March 2020

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised Miniclip, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, on its acquisition of the independent mobile games developer Mobile Gaming Studios, which trades as Eight Pixels Square.

Miniclip is a global leader in digital games. The company develops, publishes and distributes highly engaging games to an audience of over 250 million monthly active users, across mobile, web and social platforms. Founded in 2001, Miniclip has been a leader in online games and is now a Top 5 mobile games publishers on mobile devices worldwide, having generated in excess of 2.7 billion lifetime downloads. As of January 2020, Miniclip has more than 40 million daily active players reaching people across the world in the pursuit of “unleashing the gamer in everyone”. In the past years, Miniclip have been delighted to add the teams from Playsport, Yakuto, Masomo and Ilyon to the Miniclip Group.

Established in 2012, Eight Pixels Square is an independent games studio based in the UK. It is best known for its hit game Sniper Strike: Special Ops (which has had nearly 35 million global downloads) with other titles including RAID HQ, All Guns Blazing and Cartel Kings 2 and with players across the suite of games in over 150 countries worldwide. Eight Pixels Square bolsters a highly experienced team with expertise across the mobile games and technology industries who are focused on creating a world-leading IP.

The Osborne Clarke team advising Miniclip was led by Partner Tom Try (Corporate) and Associate Josephine Healy (Corporate) and included Senior Associate Tom Sharpe (Commercial), Senior Associate Prianca Patel (Employment), Partner Mathew Oliver (Tax) and Associate Emily Clarke (Tax).

Osborne Clarke’s corporate team are considered a go-to practice for many in the tech, media and comms sector, working with leading global businesses, fast-growth start-ups and market challengers. The team advises at every stage of company development across all corporate issues, from equity and debt fundraisings to M&A, IPOs and JVs.