Why Savvy Games Is Buying Scopely For $4.9 Billion

By Amit Chowdhry ● Apr 9, 2023

Savvy Games Group – which is wholly owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – announced it has entered into an agreement to buy Scopely for $4.9 billion. This acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, strengthens Savvy’s ability to deliver new and exciting products for the global gaming community.

Scopely has a proven track record of developing and publishing a wide range of games, especially on mobile platforms. And the company’s highly successful portfolio of beloved free-to-play franchises includes Star Trek Fleet Command, Stumble Guys, Scrabble GO, Yahtzee With Buddies, and more.

This acquisition brings Scopely’s development capabilities, publishing infrastructure, and differentiated technology to Savvy’s ecosystem. And it also brings a global footprint of talented game makers across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Scopely – which will be an autonomous operating company under the Savvy umbrella – will benefit from Savvy’s long-term patient financial backing to deliver on its strategy to grow and deepen existing franchises, unlock new player audiences through innovative game experiences, and work with the best talent and studios across the industry through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. This acquisition will also build on Scopely’s cross-platform approach to extend its live services expertise to new segments like PC, console, and other genres of gameplay.

This investment is going to further support Savvy’s strategy to drive the growth of the global games industry through long-term strategic investments. And Savvy’s investments are made to strengthen the core competencies of its partners – which enables them to focus on delivering stand-out services and experiences for their communities and creating new opportunities for progression and participation.


“Scopely is one of the fastest-growing games companies today, and we have long admired their ability to build loyal, engaged player communities. At Savvy Games Group, our mission is to invest in – and grow – the global games community by inviting the best minds to join us. Under Walter and Javier’s stewardship, Scopely has proven to be an exceptional leader and will continue to revolutionize the future of games for years to come. We look forward to further accelerating the company’s ambitions and working together with their talented team of developers, designers, and publishers to create innovative and exciting new products for the gaming community across the world.”

— Brian Ward, CEO of Savvy Games Group

“Today’s announcement marks a major milestone in the Scopely journey. Savvy Games Group shares our long-held belief that the companies who have built the deepest relationships with their players will succeed. Together, as one, we will be able to further expand the possibilities of play, continuing to develop beloved game experiences for players around the world. This transformational partnership is a great validation of the incredible talent of our entire Scopely team and will further accelerate our efforts to drive the games industry forward.”

— Scopely co-CEO Walter Driver

“As part of the Savvy Games Group portfolio, we will continue to build one of the world’s most diversified mobile-first games companies. Our technology platform, market-leading studio ecosystem, and world-class team have always enabled us to stay one step ahead of the rapidly growing games industry, delivering long-lasting franchises that delight players around the world. We look forward to reimagining the future of play with Brian and the Savvy team.”

— Scopely co-CEO Javier Ferreira