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Sony Group Corporation, commonly referred to as Sony (Japanese: ソニー・グループ株式会社, Sonī Gurūpu Kabushiki Kaisha) is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, and one of the world's largest media conglomerates.

As of March 2010, Sony has made 92 acquisitions while taking stakes at 56 companies. The company has 83 divestitures since 1983.

Current Acquisitions

Date Company Business Country Value Used as / Integrated with References
4 February 1982 Music Center Incorporated Professional audio  USA Sony Professional Products [1]
5 January 1988 CBS Records Group Music  USA $2,000,000,000 Sony Music Entertainment [2]
8 November 1989 Columbia Pictures Entertainment Movies/Television  USA $3,400,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [3]
9 November 1989 Guber-Peters Entertainment Movies/Television  USA $200,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [4][5]
21 May 1993 Psygnosis Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment [6]
1 December 2000 Eidetic Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [7]
22 January 2001 Naughty Dog Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [8]
9 July 2002 Acuff-Rose Music Music Publishing  USA $157,000,000 Sony/ATV [9]
7 August 2002 Incognito Entertainment Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [10]
27 September 2002 Aiwa Electronics  JPN Sony Electronics [11]
7 December 2005 Guerrilla Games Video Game  NED Sony Interactive Entertainment [12]
25 January 2006 Zipper Interactive Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [13]
23 August 2006 Grouper Networks Video On Demand  USA $65,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment (Crackle) [14]
15 May 2007 Sigil Games Online Inc Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment (Sony Online Entertainment) [15]
30 May 2007 Famous Music Music publishing  USA $370,000,000 Sony/ATV [16][17]
20 September 2007 Evolution Studios
Bigbig Studios
Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment [18]
2 July 2008 Gracenote Media Management  USA $260,000,000 Sony Corporation of America [19][20]
28 January 2010 Convergent Media Systems Corporation Video Integration  USA Sony Electronics [21]
10 February 2010 iCyt Mission Technology Flow cytometers  USA Sony Electronics [22]
2 March 2010 Media Molecule Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment [23][24]
28 February 2011 Toshiba chip plant Electronics  JPN Sony Electronics [25]
7 March 2011 Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd Electronics  UK Sony Electronics [26]
2 August 2011 Sucker Punch Productions Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [27]
28 September 2011 Micronics, Inc. Microfluidics-based diagnostic tools  USA Sony Corporation of America [28]
16 February 2012 Sony Ericsson Electronics  USA SWE $1,500,000,000 Sony Electronics [29]
2 July 2012 Gaikai Cloud gaming  USA $380,000,000 Sony Interactive Entertainment [30]
9 August 2012 So-net Information and communication  JPN Sony Mobile [31]
23 August 2012 Left Bank Pictures Film and television production  USA Sony Pictures Entertainment [32]
12 September 2012 Pixim Electronics  USA Sony Electronics [33]
15 August 2014 CSC Media Group Television  UK $180,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [34][35]
2 July 2015 Memnon Archiving Services Archiving  BEL Sony Europe [36]
24 August 2015 Century Media Records Music  GER $20,000,000 Sony Music Entertainment [37]
8 October 2015 Softkinetic Electronics  BEL Sony Electronics [38]
3 November 2015 Multi Screen Media Television  IND Sony Pictures Entertainment [39]
6 December 2015 Toshiba image sensor Electronics  JPN $155,000,000 Sony Electronics [40]
26 January 2016 Altair Semiconductor Electronics  ISR $212,000,000 Sony Electronics [41]
16 February 2016 Plumbee Games/Television  UK Sony Pictures Entertainment [42]
2 August 2016 eSATURNUS NV Clinical Video  BEL Sony [43]
10 August 2016 Ministry Of Sound Music  UK Sony Music Entertainment [44]
31 August 2016 Ten Sports Television  IND $385,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [45]
31 July 2017 Funimation Video streaming service and television/film distribution  USA $143,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [46][47]
22 May 2018 EMI Music Publishing Music publishing  UK $2,300,000,000 Sony/ATV [48]
8 January 2019 Audiokinetic Video Game  CAN Sony Interactive Entertainment [49]
6 February 2019 Madman Anime Group Film and television distribution  AUS $25,000,000 Aniplex [50]
29 May 2019 Manga Entertainment Ltd. Film and television distribution  UK Sony Pictures Entertainment (Funimation) [51]
10 June 2019 Mido Holdings Electronics   SWI Sony Electronics [52]
8 July 2019 Nurulize Movies/Virtual Reality  USA Sony Pictures Entertainment [53]
19 August 2019 Insomniac Games Video Game  USA $229,000,000 Sony Interactive Entertainment [54]
1 October 2020 Nevion IP media and cloud  NOR Sony Electronics [55]
12 November 2020 Pure Flix SVOD Service Movie / Television  USA Sony Pictures Entertainment [56]
1 February 2021 AWAL, Kobalt Neighboring Rights (from Kobalt Music Group) Music  USA $430,000,000 Sony Music Entertainment [57][58]
18 March 2021 Evolution Championship Series (EVO) Esports  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [59]
16 June 2021 Somethin' Else Content and strategy across TV, radio, online video, social media, games  UK Sony Music Entertainment [60]
29 June 2021 Housemarque Video Game  FIN Sony Interactive Entertainment [61]
1 July 2021 Nixxes Software Video Game  NED Sony Interactive Entertainment [62]
9 August 2021 Crunchyroll Video streaming service  USA $1,175,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment/Aniplex (Funimation) [63][64]
8 September 2021 Firesprite Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment [65]
29 September 2021 Fabrik Games Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment (Firesprite) [65]
30 September 2021 Bluepoint Games Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [66]
4 November 2021 Som Livre Music  BRA $255,000,000 Sony Music Entertainment [67][68]
1 December 2021 Bad Wolf Television  UK Sony Pictures Entertainment [69]
10 December 2021 Valkyrie Entertainment Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [70]
1 February 2022 Lasengle (gaming division of DelightWorks) Video Game  JPN Aniplex [71]
21 March 2022 Haven Studios Video Game  CAN Sony Interactive Entertainment [72]

Pending

Date announced Company Business Country Value To be used as / Integrated with References
22 September 2021 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Broadcasting, films, music, streaming, web portals  IND $1,575,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [73]
31 January 2022 Bungie Video Game  USA $3,600,000,000 Sony Interactive Entertainment [74][75]
3 March 2022 Industrial Media Television  USA $350,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [76]

Stakes

Date Company Stake Business Country Value References
27 October 1997 ST Liquid Crystal Display Corporation 50% LCD  JPN [77]
1 October 2001 Sony Ericsson 50% Mobile Phones  JPN SWE $250,000,000 [78][79]
8 October 2001 Square Enix 18.6%/currently 0% Video Game  JPN $124,000,000 [80][81]
26 April 2004 S-LCD 50% minus 1 share LCD  JPN KOR [82]
8 April 2005 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 20% Movies/Television  USA $4,800,000,000 [83]
6 March 2007 Cellius 49% Video Game  JPN [84]
2 April 2007 Field Emission Technologies Inc. 33.5% Field Emission Display  JPN [85]
14 November 2007 Moversa GmbH 50% Small Card Applications  JPN NED [86]
1 July 2009 Sharp Display Corporation 7.04% LCD Panels and Modules  JPN [87][88]
8 December 2009 Fearnet minority Video On Demand  USA [89][90]
8 December 2009 Vevo minority Video On Demand  USA [91][92]
14 June 2012 Multi Screen Media majority Television  IND $271,000,000 [93]
21 June 2012 unnamed joint venture with Sumitomo Electric Electronics  Japan [94]
25 June 2012 unnamed joint venture with Panasonic OLED  JPN [95]
28 June 2012 Chemical Products Businesses of Development Bank of Japan Chemical industry  JPN [96][97]
29 June 2012 EMI Music Publishing 30% Music  USA UK $2,200,000,000 [98]
8 July 2015 IMS Internet Media Services majority Digital marketing and communications  USA [99]
16 March 2016 Fable Pictures minority Television  UK [100]
7 April 2016 Planet TV majority Television  TUR [101]
7 June 2016 Blueprint Pictures minority Television  UK [102]
14 September 2018 Eleventh Hour Films minority Television  UK [103]
27 June 2019 Nevion minority Broadcast  NOR [104]
18 November 2019 Game Show Network 42%/currently 100% Basic cable channel  USA $500,000,000 [105]
9 April 2020 Bilibili 4.98% Video on demand, online video platform  CHN $400,000,000 [106]
1 July 2020 Eleven majority Television  UK [107]
9 July 2020 Epic Games 1.4%  USA $250,000,000 [108]
4 February 2021 Kadokawa Corporation 1.93% Global expansion power of animation and consumer games  JPN [109]
13 April 2021 Epic Games ~0.7%  USA $200,000,000 [110]
3 May 2021 Discord minority  USA [111]
23 June 2021 Alamo Records majority Music  USA [112]
18 October 2021 Scopely minority Mobile Games  USA $500,000,000 [113]
4 November 2021 Devolver Digital 5.03% Video Games  USA [114]
9 November 2021 Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) ~20% Electronics  JPN $500,000,000 [115]
11 April 2022 Epic Games ~3.17%  USA $1,000,000,000 [116]
3 May 2022 AccelByte minority Video games  USA [117]

Divestitures

Date Acquirer Target company Target business Acquirer country Value References
3 October 2000 TV-Loonland AG Sony Wonder (TV assets, including Sunbow Entertainment) Sony Music Entertainment  Germany $20,500,000 [118]
5 December 2008 Sony Sony NEC Optiarc Sony Optiarc  Japan [119]
1 October 2008 Sony Sony BMG Sony Music Entertainment  Japan $1,200,000,000 [120][121][122]
20 February 2008 Toshiba Cell Chip Factory Cell chip factory  Japan $835,000,000 [123]
2 July 2013 Ole Media Management Sony Pictures music publishing (1993-2012) Sony Pictures/Sony Pictures Television  Canada $150,000,000 [124]
21 April 2021 ES Broadcast Memnon Archiving Services Archiving  United Kingdom [125]
18 October 2021 Scopely GSN Games Game Show Network  USA $1,000,000,000 [113]

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