In its sixth and the biggest acquisition till date, Raman Roy-led Quatrro BPO, backed by US-based hedge fund DE Shaw Group, has acquired British firm Babel Media, a provider of specialist outsourced services to gaming and interactive entertainment industry. While the deal size stands undisclosed the deal value is believed to be in the $100-125 million bracket.
Also as part of the transaction, which is being funded by DE Shaw, the New York-based investment group is picking a minority stake of around 5-10 per cent in Quatrro for an undisclosed sum. Besides this, DE Shaw will also hold a minority stake in Babel and will provide leverage finance for the acquisition. Quatrro will hold a majority stake in the UK-based firm.
According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, the gaming industry in India is set to grow to $68 billion by 2012. Babel, which provides games-focused localisation, certification, audio and print services across platforms, has 500 employees at Brighton(UK), Los Angeles, Montreal and New Delhi.
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