Opera invests $30 mn in StarMaker

New Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) Mobile browser Opera Limited Tuesday said it has invested USD 30 million in US-based social media company StarMaker focused on music and entertainment. Opera has invested USD 30 million at a USD 125 million pre-money valuation by purchasing preferred shares issued by StarMaker resulting in an ownership stake of 19.35 per cent, Opera said in a statement. As part of the investment, Opera also obtained an option to increase its ownership to 51 per cent in the second half of the year 2020, it added. StarMaker enables users to record and share their own music videos, collaborate with other musicians, connect with other users and follow their idols on the social platform. Starmaker has a strong and engaged user base in the emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and the Middle East, the statement said. "We are extremely excited to invest in StarMaker, as they are one of the leading music-oriented social media platforms in emerging markets. StarMaker complements our existing content platform Opera News, and we are excited to take part in the companys journey of both continued product innovation and user growth," Opera CFO Frode Jacobsen said. Opera said the investment will "lay the foundation for opportunities for the two companies to leverage each other's strong brands and unique products to accelerate growth and to capture the shared opportunities". PTI SR SHW ADIADI