Irwin Mitchell Advise Tebex Shareholders On A Move That Sees Payment Platform Experts Join Forces
Irwin Mitchell’s corporate team has advised payment platform software specialists Tebex Limited on the sale of the business to the Israel-based app and monetisation experts Overwolf.
Famous for its work across the gaming sector, including longstanding relationships with Minecraft and Rust, the $29 million deal opens a new chapter for Tebex, while building on Overwolf’s own technology platform, employed by third party developers worldwide.
Irwin Mitchell associate solicitor Matt Smith, together with corporate partner Nick Dawson and solicitor Aidan Clucas, advised Tebex’s shareholders on the deal, which is set to deliver big opportunities for the two businesses that have much in common in their work in the gaming and technology sector.
Founded in Nottingham in 2011 by British developer Lee McNeil, Tebex capitalised on a gap in the market to create new revenue streams for gamers. Offering an end to end payment solution for content creators, enabling them to have a market place for transacting, has helped game creators earn over half a billion dollars using Tebex’s monetisation platform.
Built to unite in-game creators everywhere, Overwolf gives developers the tools they need to build, distribute and monetise in game apps and mods. Founded by computer science graduates in 2010 to build more of the features missing in the games they played, the firm’s success in the field has seen Overwolf grow and develop its offering.
Led by CEO and Co-founder Uri Marchand, Overwolf raised $75m in Series D funding in November, with backing from Insight Partners, Intel Capital and Liberty Technology and already supports nearly 100,000 creators and 31 million monthly active users.
Expert Opinion“As a firm we have an established reputation in the gaming and software space. It was a pleasure to help Tebex take the next step in their journey.
“From small beginnings, Tebex and Overwolf have shown what can be achieved with the right software and services. This deal will allow both firms to do more of what they do best, supporting existing household names in the sector and offering new developers the means to develop their own businesses and ideas and bring them to a wider global audience.
“There is huge potential in this market and two such names joining forces can only be good thing for the long term interests of both parties.” Matt Smith - Senior Associate Solicitor
Lee McNeil, Managing Director of Tebex, said: “Joining Overwolf enables Tebex to expand its offerings to more game servers, publishers, and more importantly allows us to further grow the communities of our existing game servers. Their commitment to helping us grow the game server industry will push Tebex into our next growth chapter.
“Irwin Mitchell were on hand to give us the advice we needed at the right time and played a key role throughout the process.
“We are delighted to get this transaction completed and the team at Irwin Mitchell played a key role in helping us achieve that. Having that support allowed us to focus on what mattered to the business.
Uri Marchand, CEO of Overwolf stated: “As long-time champions of in-game app creators and mod authors, we are excited to work with a new creator category–server owners–to continue to build new experiences in the industry.
“By combining our industry-leading operations with Tebex’s technology and passionate team, we’ll be able to reach more creators and help them earn a sustainable income for their work.”
Corporate finance advice on the deal was given to the shareholders of Tebex by the Simon Heath and Matt Croker at Heligan Group.