Harris Williams & Co. Ltd Provides Strategic Advice to GameSparks on its Sale to Amazon.com, Inc.

March 5, 2018

Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces that it provided strategic advice to GameSparks on its sale to Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN; Amazon). GameSparks is a leading gaming backend development platform. Advisory services were provided by Thierry Monjauze and Mathew Tsui of Harris Williams & Co.’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group.

“Griff and the team have built a leading platform attracting many of the top names across the gaming sector,” said Thierry Monjauze, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co. “It was a great pleasure working with such a cutting edge and innovative company and there is no doubt Amazon will benefit greatly from the technology and talent.”     

GameSparks is a backend-as-a-service for game developers, providing major studios such as Ubisoft, Square Enix and Bandai Namco with an end-to-end tool to rapidly build the server-side features of their games as well as tuning and managing their games post-launch. Developers can save large amounts of time and talent by using GameSparks to create and maintain typical server-side components such as leaderboards, real-time and turn-based multiplayer, notifications, player save data and much more. The GameSparks platform offers a single integrated tool to build these server components, boosting player retention and player lifetime value without ever having to set up and run a server.

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Lumberyard, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com), a subsidiary of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide.  The firm has deep industry knowledge, global transaction expertise and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Harris Williams & Co. provides sell-side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services.

Harris Williams & Co.’s TMT Group advises leading private and public companies, entrepreneurs, private equity firms and venture capital firms on mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising transactions worldwide. The TMT Group has deep domain expertise in the Software/SaaS, Internet & Digital Media and IT Services’ segments, with particular emphasis on specific verticals including education, energy technology, fintech, membership management, public sector and supply chain/logistics and has a dedicated healthcare technology (HCIT) practice.  Across verticals it also advises technology services and networking solutions businesses. For more information on the TMT Group and its recent transactions, visit the TMT Group’s section of the Harris Williams & Co. website.

Investment banking services are provided by Harris Williams LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC, and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, which is a private limited company incorporated under English law with its registered office at 5th Floor, 6 St. Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AE, UK, registered with the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales (registration number 07078852). Harris Williams & Co. Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Harris Williams & Co. is a trade name under which Harris Williams LLC and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd conduct business.