"The Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG; TSX: TSGI) (“The Stars Group” or “the Company”) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming (“SBG”) from CVC Capital Partners (“CVC”) and Sky plc (LSE: SKY) (“Sky”) in a cash and stock transaction valued at $4.7 billion. This combination will result in the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming company."
There has been rumours for a while, but this massive deal was still somewhat unexpected. The Stars Group, with Pokerstars as their main brand, announced the buyout of Skybet and their related brands.
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The Sky Betting & Gambling company do have the biggest player database in the United Kingdom. This means that Stars will be able to reach out to a whole new segment of players, mostly sportsbetting.
“We are delighted to join forces with The Stars Group,” said Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming’s Chief Executive Officer after the deal was announced. Many business experts think that the changed sportsbetting legislation in the United States was a driving force behind the deal.