Team17 snaps up Yippee Entertainment

Date Type Companies involved Size
January 2nd, 2020 acquisition Team17 $1.9m
Team17 snaps up Yippee Entertainment

UK indie publisher Team17 has announced that it has bought development studio Yippee Entertainment.

The deal clocks in at around £1.4m ($1.85m), £922,407 ($1.2m) of which is being paid out in cash with the remaining £433,200 ($572,207) being issued via shares that are locked in over a three year period. 

Yippee was founded back in 2011 by Hasbro, Acclaim and Ocean vet Mike Delves (pictured).

The MediaCity-based outfit has worked on a variety of own IP and contracted work and moving forward will be supporting Team17's own franchises as well as projects from the company's development partners. Team17 boss Debbie Bestwick MBE says the purchase will let the firm "accelerate" recruitment in the North West of England.

"On behalf of the Group, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Mike and his team," she said.

"MediaCityUK is a wonderful location for our second UK studio and the acquisition of Yippee allows us to accelerate our recruitment plans in the North West."

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