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March 7, 2024


Boca Raton, March 7, 2024 – Grom Social Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROM) (“Grom” or the “Company”), a media, technology, and entertainment company dedicated to family-friendly programming, web filtering technology and safe social media for kids, today announced that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Arctic7, Inc. (, an emerging gaming industry service provider, in a 100% equity transaction. Grom’s addition of Arctic7 could serve as an entry point for the company to secure a foothold in the growing and lucrative gaming industry and also explore opportunities to leverage gaming technology to serve the entertainment needs of today’s kids and families in new, innovative ways. The acquisition of Arctic7 would complement Grom’s existing entertainment offerings of safe, social media for kids and its growing catalog of original intellectual property from Curiosity Ink Media, which Grom acquired in 2021.

“The global gaming market represents a $185 billion market opportunity that continues to grow and innovate as represented by Disney’s recent $1.5 billion investment in Epic Games which underscores the opportunity for content-gaming partnerships to deepen the overall consumer connection in their entertainment experiences,” points out Grom’s CEO, Darren Marks. “Grom welcomes the opportunity to bring Arctic7 into the Grom portfolio not only to further fuel Arctic7’s growth in offering both gaming and virtual production capabilities but also so we can explore integrating Arctic7’s expertise into our expanding entertainment ecosystem through content collaboration, cross-promotional opportunities, product licensing, brand partnerships, merchandising, interactive experiences, educational gaming initiatives, and much more.”

Under the leadership of its CEO, Igor Efremov, Arctic7 has quickly established itself in the gaming industry and demonstrated impressive growth, achieving $7.9 million (unaudited) in its first fiscal year (FY23) and anticipates reaching approximately $14 million (unaudited) in FY24. Launched in 2022, Arctic7 has focused on becoming an industry leader and innovator by delivering exceptional experiences in full game development, co-development, and virtual production for its partners and players and serve as a nexus for creative collaboration within the entertainment industry.

“Our vision for Arctic7 is to become a leader in the gaming space offering full game development, co-development, transmedia and virtual production capabilities and ensuring we continue to develop a world class team together with strong relationships across the industry,” explains Arctic7’s CEO, Igor Efremov. “We continue to successfully execute against this vision and are excited that this has been recognized by Grom Social Enterprises while also being enthused at how the partnership can further fuel our growth as we continue to develop engaging content, grow our amazing team, and accelerate our M&A efforts working with Grom Social Enterprises on their journey to become a leading entertainment company.”

Prior to co-founding Arctic7, Igor Efremov held positions at Electronic Arts and co-founded Sperasoft, which was successfully exited to Keywords Studios which he subsequently joined as an Executive driving significant growth including via ambitious M&A activity. Alan Van Slyke, co-founder of Arctic7, brings a wealth of experience from Executive Producer on Gears of War with Epic Games, Executive at Sperasoft and COO at Microsoft Studios’ Undead Labs. Mark Rizzo, co-founder of Arctic7, with 25 years of experience from EA Games, Sony, Sperasoft, and Keywords Studios, specializes in tech, operations, and M&A, playing a pivotal role in building the PlayStation network. Arctic7’s executive and management team boasts over 100 years of combined leadership experience across games, film and TV including instrumental roles on renowned franchises such as Assassin’s Creed, FIFA, Antman, Halo, Battlefield, The Mandalorian, TMNT, Saints Row, Ahsoka and more.