This Week in European Tech: EA buys Codemasters in $1.2 billion deal, EU's new plans to rein in Big Tech, Bolt raises €150M, and more

This Week in European Tech: EA buys Codemasters in $1.2 billion deal, EU's new plans to rein in Big Tech, Bolt raises €150M, and more

Happy Friday!

This week, our research team tracked about 100 tech funding deals worth nearly €1.5 billion, and about 20 M&A transactions, rumours, and related news stories across Europe, including Russia, Israel, and Turkey.

As always, we are putting all of them together for you in a handy list sent in our Friday afternoon roundup newsletter (note: the full list is for paying customers only).

Recently, we also started publishing 'Today in European Tech', a daily roundup of deals and news stories that caught our attention. Keeping you updated on all things EU tech is our priority!

Today, instead of a daily roundup we give you an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for the past week (subscribe to our free newsletter to get this roundup in your inbox every Monday morning):

1)  Electronic Arts has reached an agreement to acquire UK-based game developer and publisher Codemasters, valuing the company at approximately $1.2 billion.

2) Estonian ride-hailing firm and Uber rival Bolt has raised €150 million euros in a funding round led by D1 Capital Partners. The company declined to disclose its valuation but said it was up from the €1.7 billion it was worth in May (and it could be even double that).

3) The European Commission this week formally proposed "an ambitious reform of the digital space, a comprehensive set of new rules for all digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms" that operate in the EU: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act.

4) UiPath, a Romanian-born robotic process automation company, confidentially filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission a draft registration statement for its planned public offering.

5)  Berlin-based Spryker has raised over $130 million in a Series C financing round, led by Silicon Valley-based TCV, to further develop its B2B and Enterprise Marketplace products.

6)  British fintech startup GoCardless is one step closer to reaching a $1 billion valuation thanks to accelerated demand for digital payments during the coronavirus pandemic. The company has raised $95 million in a fresh investment round led by the venture capital arm of Bain Capital. The new funding values the company at $970 million.

7) French financial services platform Lydia has announced a whopping extension of its Series B round, raising an additional $86 million led by Accel. The round now rests at $131 million, which it claims is the largest round ever raised by a French fintech startup.

8)  Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit has been conditionally approved by the European Commission.

9)  Brainly, a startup from Poland that has built a popular network for students and their parents to engage with each other for advice and help with homework questionshas raised $80 million, a series D round that it will be using both to continue building out the tools that it offers to students.

10)  Cazoo, the high-flying UK car e-tailer, this morning announced that it has acquired Drover, a car subscription platform also based in the UK, for an undisclosed sum. Cazoo says the deal will help it expand across Europe.

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