Connected economy: Netflix’s next step is gaming
Today in the connected economy, Netflix is embarking on gaming with its proposed acquisition of Next Games, while the Gopuff delivery service is developing throughout France. Additionally, a new acquisition allows Cars.com to add a range of new services, and udaan – India’s largest B2B e-commerce platform – is partnering with Unicommerce.
Netflix to Acquire Upcoming Finnish Games
Netflix is set to acquire Finnish mobile game company Next Games. Netflix hopes Next will provide an entry point into the gaming world. The Helsinki-based company specializes in mobile games based on entertainment franchises, including “Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales”, which is inspired by one of Netflix’s most popular shows.
Gopuff is expanding throughout France with a 24/7 delivery service
Delivery startup Gopuff is expanding across France, serving a host of major cities with branch plans across the country. Yakir Gola, co-founder and co-CEO of Gopuff, said the company is “truly committed to being part of the French community” and is focused on being a great partner for the communities it serves. The move expands Gopuff’s European footprint, which began with the strategic acquisition of UK delivery platform Dija last summer.
Cars adds digital vehicle acquisition with addition of Accu-Trade Group
Online automotive marketplace Cars.com can now offer real-time VIN-specific valuation and valuation data, instant guaranteed offer capabilities and logistics technology following the closing of its acquisition of Accu Group -Trade. The company paid $65 million to complete the transaction and may have to make additional payments of $63 million, an amount that will be adjusted based on performance over the next three years.
Unicommerce partners with B2B e-commerce platform Udaan
Supply chain software-as-a-service (SaaS) company Unicommerce and B2B e-commerce platform udaan have launched a strategic partnership. The collaboration aims to provide the latest inventory and order management technology to merchants offering lifestyle products on udaan’s marketplace, as well as others using Unicommerce’s centralized platform. Lifestyle retailers working with Unicommerce can integrate udaan as a sales platform to grow their customer base.
Priority joins Mastercard Track Business payment service
Payment technology company Priority Technology Holdings has joined Mastercard Track Business payment service to boost its B2B payment solutions. The Mastercard Track Business payment service “automates the exchange of payment-related data between buyers and suppliers” and “helps businesses increase simplicity, flexibility and efficiency” and find the best option for paying each invoice on multiple payment rails.
FIS partners with Shyft Network for better crypto regulatory compliance
FinTech platform FIS said its Worldpay division is working with blockchain-based digital identity company Shyft Network to help merchants comply with cryptocurrency-related regulations to create an ecosystem secure transactions. Worldpay’s work with Shyft Network “will enable Worldpay merchants to use Shyft’s Veriscope solution to meet the multi-jurisdictional requirements set out by the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) travel rule,” the companies said.