Klei Entertainment, developer of indie genres such as Mark of the Ninja, Don’t Starve, Oxygen Not Included, Griftland, was acquired by Chinese game giant Tencent. The statement made reported that the majority shares of the Canadian company were changing hands.
Tencent is increasing its weight in the game world
Jamie Cheng, the founder of the Canadian game company, said on the forum: “This agreement will help us survive in the changing industry and enable us to do what we do best. Creating unique experiences. No one else can do this ”. Cheng also stated that as part of the agreement, the studio will maintain its creativity and autonomy in all projects. In addition, Cheng also said that Tencent is the only company that they allow them to maintain the level of control they demand.
Tencent, China’s largest technology and gaming company, has already made significant investments. Tencent, which wholly owns Riot Games, the producer of League of Legends, also owns 40 percent of Epic Games. The company, which also has small shares in organizations such as Activision, Ubisoft, Pardox Interactive, Frontier Developments, Funcom and Fatshark, bought Warframe’s developer Digital Extremes and Gears Tactics’s Splash Damage in August 2020 for $ 1.5 billion.
On the other hand, Tencent was under pressure from the US government over the messaging app WeChat. Other Chinese companies such as Alibaba and Badiu later became involved in this pressure that hit the company.