Following on from Vicarious Visions merging with Blizzard, it is now been introduced Chinese language online game large Tencent – recognized for titles like League of Legends and Conflict of Clans – will purchase a “majority stake” in Klei Leisure.
In the event you’re not acquainted with this Canadian-based developer, it is the studio behind video games like Do not Starve and Mark of the Ninja. Klei Leisure founder, Jaime ‘Bigfoot’ Cheng, says Klei will retain “full autonomy of inventive and operations throughout all facets of the studio, together with initiatives, expertise and extra”.
In an FAQ on Klei’s web site, Cheng defined there can be no speedy modifications sooner or later to “staffing, initiatives or different operations”. As for the explanation behind this determination, it would enable the studio to “not have to fret about funds”, do their “greatest inventive work” and navigate a altering trade.
“There are some boring accounting modifications that we might want to regulate to. Apart from that, I’ll proceed operating the studio as earlier than, with no modifications to staffing, initiatives or different operations.”
“Klei has been round for 15 years, and we’ve made many modifications over time so as to reply to a altering world. Constantly, my want has been to allow individuals to do their greatest inventive work, to study and develop, to not have to fret about funds, and be capable of get pleasure from their lives exterior the studio. This has not modified.”
“This partnership helps us navigate a altering trade, and helps us give attention to what we do greatest: making distinctive experiences that nobody else can.”
Based on a report from Niko Companions through GamesIndustry.biz, Tencent invested in 31 offers associated to the video games trade final 12 months – a brand new document for the corporate. These had been a “mixture of acquisitions, mergers, minor and main stakes, and funding rounds.”
A few of these offers included a minor stake in PlatinumGames and a 20% stake in Japanese writer Marvelous. With 2021 simply kicking off, who is aware of what else Tencent may purchase within the coming months.