(Reuters) – U.S. gaming platform Roblox Corporation said https://newsfile.refinitiv.com/getnewsfile/v1/story?guid=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20201012:nBw1mLVnja on Monday it has confidentially submitted paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public.
Reuters reported earlier this month that Roblox was seeking to go public early next year, a move that the company expects would double its recent valuation of $4 billion.
Roblox did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on whether it would choose the traditional initial public offering or direct listing route to go public.
In a direct listing, no new shares are sold and underwriting banks do not weigh in on the pricing, unlike in an IPO. By not selling new shares, companies do not dilute the ownership stakes of existing shareholders and the public listing allows current investors to sell shares easily.
Roblox’s plans to go public come at a time when demand for video games and at-home entertainment has surged in the U.S. as consumers continue living under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Streaming service provider fuboTV Inc <FUBO.N>, which went public last week, jumped 10% in its market debut.
(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)