Michael Metzger
Partner FinTech Digital Media

Los Angeles

Michael Metzger is an award-winning media and tech investment banker with over 25 years of experience advising on M&A and financing transactions as well as serving Internet and tech companies in operating and corporate development roles.

Some of Michael’s most notable transactions include the sale of Echtra Games to Zynga, Firefly Studios to Devolver Digital, FreshPlanet / SongPop to Vivendi / Gameloft, Slightly Mad Studios to Codemasters, nWay to Animoca, Lightstream to The Vitec Group, EyeEm to NewValue, Avira to Investcorp, Slacker Radio to LiveXLive, SRS Labs to Xperi, Creators Media to Webedia, JumpStart Games to NetDragon, OUYA to Razer, WGT Media to TopGolf, Schematic Labs to Napster, Hearst Corporation’s UGO to IGN, mergers including Aeria Games with Gamepot / SONY and financing for Acorns by Paypal / Rakuten.

Michael holds five patents in the field of communications and serves as the Chair and Board Director of the German American Business Association in Southern California (GABA).

Before joining Drake Star in 2018, Michael was a senior investment banker at Houlihan Lokey’s TMT group, a Principal at merchant bank MESA Global, and a Co-Founder and Principal of Internet and digital media-focused investment bank Covert & Co. Previously, he held senior management and engineering positions at AT&T, IBM, and Mindspeed. He received an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles and an MSEE from the University of Ulm, Germany.

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Microsoft, Activision, and the convergence of the tech and gaming industries | The DB Podcast

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Game Industry M&A in 2022 and Beyond! Miniclip, Drake Star Partners, & FunPlus Weigh In

22 Feb 2022
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All Time Highs: M&A in Video Games with Michael Metzger - VGRT S3 E1

31 Jan 2022
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Games Industry M&A Outlook: Who's Getting Acquired Next?

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Panel: Pitch Perfect: How to Raise Funding from Investors

15 Dec 2019
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Funding the next top grossing games companies

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Eat Or Get Eaten, Consolidation Is Coming | GamesBeat Summit 2019 | Boss Stage, Day 1

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GamesBeat Summit 2018: Hollywood and Games 2.0

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