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MCV’s publisher NewBay acquired by Future Publishing

This morning we’re pleased to announce that our parent company and publisher NewBay has been acquired in its entirety by Future Publishing – which has a strong line-up of gaming brands such as GamesRadar, PC Gamer, Edge, Kotaku, GamesMaster and many more.

It’s business as usual for now, though, MCV will continue to operate the new website, the recently-redesigned monthly publication, social channels and our full events schedule. All employees will be transferring over to Future Publishing.

Beyond MCV, NewBay has a substantial B2B portfolio operating in verticals including Electronics and Education, and TV and Audio, where it publishes Broadcast & Cable, the leading voice of authority in the television industry. It’s business is mainly in the provision of conferences, magazines, events, digital content and data services. It also has a large consumer division in the Music vertical where it publishes magazines including Bass Player, Guitar World and Electronic Musician.

The deal expands Future’s reach into the US market and enhances its market leading position in music and consumer electronics. In addition, the acquisition brings B2B titles in the complementary verticals of audio visual, television broadcasting and educational technology, which will further increase Future’s revenue diversification model whilst also bringing B2B expertise to it’s existing titles.

The acquisition increases Future’s total owned brands to over 100 across print, events and online, with a total global reach of over 120m.

Zillah Byng-Thorne, CEO of Future, said: “NewBay is clearly aligned with Future in its mission to create content that connects, with market leading titles. This acquisition supports our strategy of growth organically and through acquisition, global expansion and revenue diversification. We have a proven track record of acquisition and successful integration. This deal will be earnings enhancing and drive further organic growth in revenue and profitability in the first full year.”

Steve Palm, President & CEO of NewBay, said: “The NewBay team’s expertise in engaging business decision makers, and providing solutions to sellers around the globe – through events, digital content, and marketing services – complements Future’s capabilities, creating a unique platform and exciting growth trajectory.

This combination will result in new and better opportunities for both NewBay and Future partners to expand reach and depth of customer interactions throughout the buyer’s journey. Delivering data-driven brand and product awareness, thought leadership and demand for our partners will only be enhanced.

I am proud of the many accomplishments made by the NewBay team over the last few years in the areas of events, marketing services and digital content, and I am equally excited to work alongside my new colleagues at Future to further grow our ability to delight our millions of users and thousands of partners.”

About Seth Barton

Seth Barton is the editor of MCV – which covers every aspect of the industry: development, publishing, marketing and much more. Before that Seth toiled in games retail at Electronics Boutique, studied film at university, published console and PC games for the BBC, and spent many years working in tech journalism. Living in South East London, he divides his little free time between board games, video games, beer and family. You can find him tweeting @sethbarton1.

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