Turning Acquisitions, Mergers into a Game

By McCoy, Adrian | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), January 24, 2014 | Go to article overview

Turning Acquisitions, Mergers into a Game


McCoy, Adrian, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


The high stakes world of mergers and acquisitions isn't often thought of as fun. But a new app turns it into a challenging game and lets people pretend they're corporate high rollers while they're waiting for the bus. Thankfully, no actual money is involved.

The ansarada M&A Game is a role-playing game that pits players against other bidders and sellers. Each player creates an avatar and then tries to amass a fortune by buying, selling and merging companies. They build a team of investment bankers, lawyers and accountants and can experiment with different techniques to cut their deals, including flattery, haggling and bullying.

The game comes from ansarada, an Australian company that hosts and builds virtual data rooms for clients involved in the merger and acquisitions business in the real world.

M&A is a free iPhone/iPad app.

ansarada.com/mandagame

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