OverActive Media Reports Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Positive Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 Million

Adam Adamou Promoted to CEO

November 21, 2023 (TORONTO, CANADA) – OverActive Media (“OverActive” or the “Company”) (TSXV: OAM), a premier gaming, esports, and entertainment company for today’s generation of fans, today released its third quarter results for the three-and-nine-month period ended September 30, 2023. Unless otherwise specified, all amounts are in Canadian dollars ($).

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues grew by 3.5% to $6.0 million, a $0.2 million improvement relative to the prior year period, driven by an increase in event revenues.
  • Adjusted EBITDA[i] grew to $0.8 million, a $1.2 million improvement relative to the prior year quarter.
  • Operating Expenses decreased by 19.2% or $1.3 million relative to the prior year quarter, primarily due to reduced corporate payroll expenses and team operating costs.
  • At September 30, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $9.7 million.

Third Quarter 2023 Achievements

  • MAD Lions launched its fan loyalty program, ‘The Pride’, powered by blockchain partner Zilliqa on September 25, 2023.
  • In collaboration with the Overwatch League, OverActive hosted the 2023 Overwatch League Grand Finals in Toronto, Canada, from September 28 to October 1, 2023. The first championship event of its kind in Canada closed the season in front of a sold-out crowd.
  • OverActive unveiled its Content Creator Academy, a roster of 20 diverse influencers with a combined reach of over 15 million representing the Toronto Ultra, Toronto Defiant and MAD Lions brands.

Significant Announcements Subsequent to Quarter End

  • OverActive confirmed all outstanding Overwatch League entry fees, valued at $8.1 million (US$6 million), have been waived and will be reflected in the Company’s fourth quarter 2023 financial results.
  • OverActive terminated its Team Participation Agreement in the Overwatch League. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will receive a termination payment of approximately $8.2 million (US$6 million) from Activision Blizzard. This payment will be received net of approximately $0.9 million for an expected net payment receipt of approximately $7.3 million.
  • Year to date, OverActive’s professional esports teams have reached more than 50 million hours watched across all tournament matches.[ii]
  • OverActive announced that it will host the Call of Duty League Major III tournament in Toronto, Canada, from May 16 to 19, 2024.
  • MAD Lions competed in the LEC 2023 Season Finals and qualified for the World Championships for the fifth consecutive year, reaching a peak match viewership of 1.3 million[iv].

“Our Q3 results demonstrate the continued resilience and relevance of our business, including achieving operating profitability for the first time as a public company,” said Adam Adamou, CEO, OverActive Media. “The positive momentum is a direct result of our focused approach to ensuring greater operating efficiencies in our business. In addition, with our successful efforts to eliminate $8.1 million in fees payable to our league partners and the imminent receipt of $7.3 million from the Overwatch League, the Company is in a strong financial position. Our improved balance sheet and proven operational rigor should allow us to capitalize on the many growth opportunities in the esports ecosystem.”

The Company is also pleased to announce the promotion of Adam Adamou to CEO. Mr. Adamou's promotion comes after a pivotal interim tenure, setting a robust course with a strategy expected to lead to sustainable growth and innovation. Bringing three decades of industry expertise as a venture capitalist and M&A specialist, Mr. Adamou has honed his leadership in various executive roles, including Director, CEO, and Executive Chairman within the technology sector and other dynamic, rapidly expanding markets.

“Adam has been instrumental not only in founding OverActive but also in guiding us through a transformative period as interim CEO,” said Sheldon Pollack, Chair, OverActive Media. “His leadership has been paramount in our recent restructuring and strategic pivot. The board's overwhelming support of his promotion to CEO is a testament to our faith in his vision and strategic plan for the company.”

The Company’s consolidated unaudited financial statements, notes to financial statements, and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2023, are available on the Company’s website at www.overactivemedia.com and under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedarplus.ca.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022:

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to review the third quarter results, as well as provide an overview of the Company's recent milestones and growth strategy.

To access the conference call without operator assistance, please register and enter your phone number at https://emportal.ink/3QlI1V5 to receive an instant automated callback. To dial directly to be entered into the call by an operator, please dial 1-888-390-0605, or for international callers, 416-764-8609. A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialling 1-888-390-0541 or, for international callers, 416-764-8677. The entry code for the replay is 828164#. The replay will expire on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

A live conference call webcast can be accessed on OverActive’s website at www.overactivemedia.com or directly via https://app.webinar.net/GAraDJnDXZw. An online webcast archive will be available via the same link for 90 days following the call.


[i] Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure. Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” at the end of this press release.

[ii] https://escharts.com/

[iii] https://escharts.com/

[iv] https://escharts.com/


Leah Gaucher

Director, Marketing & Communications, OverActive Media

Babak Pedram

Investor Relations, Virtus Advisory Group Inc.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains statements which constitute “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”), including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations of OverActive with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” or similar expressions and includes information regarding the anticipated financial and operating results of OverActive in the future.

Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but instead OverActive management’s expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made. Although OverActive believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed thereon, as unknown or unpredictable factors could have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the OverActive. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements include the following: the potential impact of OverActive’s qualifying transaction on relationships, including with regulatory bodies, employees, suppliers, customers and competitors; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; changes in applicable laws and regulations both locally and in foreign jurisdictions; compliance with extensive government regulation; the risks and uncertainties associated with foreign markets; the ability of the Company to continue to execute on its existing partnerships and business strategy; the ability of the MAD Lions and Call of Duty Leagues to maintain viewership; the successful completion of the Company’s new venue; and other risk factors set out in OverActive’s annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2022 and its other filings with Canadian securities regulators, copies of which may be found under OverActive’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca. These forward-looking statements may be affected by risks and uncertainties in the business of OverActive and general market conditions, including COVID-19.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although OverActive has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended and such changes could be material. OverActive does not intend and do not assume any obligation, to update the forward-looking statements except as otherwise required by applicable law.


Non-IFRS Measures

This press release includes references to adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure and is defined by the Company as net income or loss before income taxes, finance costs, depreciation and amortization, decrease/increase in net present value of franchise obligations, foreign exchange gains/loss, assistance payments from Franchise League and government assistance, restructuring and business development costs, reverse takeover costs, intangibles assets impairment charge and share-based compensation. We believe that adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of financial performance because it provides an indication of the Company’s ability to capitalize on growth opportunities in a cost-effective manner, finance its ongoing operations and service its financial obligations.

This non-IFRS financial measure is not an earnings or cash flow measure recognized by IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Our method of calculating such a financial measure may differ from the methods used by other issuers and, accordingly, our definition of this non-IFRS financial measure may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. ​ Investors are cautioned that non-IFRS financial measures should not be construed as an alternative to net income determined in accordance with IFRS as indicators of our performance or to cash flows from operating activities as measures of liquidity and cash flows.

A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income/loss may be found in the Company’s Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2023.

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.







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About OverActive Media

OverActive Media (TSXV: OAM) is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, with operations in Madrid, Spain and Berlin, Germany. OverActive’s mandate is to build an integrated global company delivering sports, media and entertainment products for today’s generation of fans with a focus on esports, videogames, content creation and distribution, culture, and live and online events. OverActive owns team franchises in professional esports leagues including (i) the Call of Duty League, operating as the Toronto Ultra, and (ii) the League of Legends European Championship (“LEC”), operating as the MAD Lions. OverActive also leads OAM Live, an events arm that produces both live and online events.