Tencent has become Marvelous’s biggest shareholder, reports Bloomberg. Tencent has purchased 20 percent of the Japanese game company’s stock. Besides Marvelous, Tencent has stakes in Epic and Bluehole.
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Tencent is pretty much the Disney of video games now; the largest gaming company in the world. And given that they must give every iota of data to the Chinese government on demand, the rest of the gaming world SHOULD be concerned.
Epic and Bluehole are kind of the tip of the iceberg. And so is this list:
- 5% ownership in France’s Ubisoft, purchased from Vivendi following Vivendi’s failed attempt to buy out Ubisoft in March 2018
- 80% ownership in the New Zealand company Grinding Gear Games, the developers of the game Path of Exile.
- Full ownership of Riot Games, the American developers of League of Legends
- Approximately 84% ownership in Finnish mobile game developer Supercell
- 40% ownership of American developers Epic Games, which was used to launch Fortnite
- Approximately 15% ownership of American mobile game developer Glu Mobile
- 5% ownership of American publisher/developer Activision Blizzard
- 5% ownership of Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive
- 9% ownership in UK developer Frontier Developments
- Majority ownership in Switzerland-based mobile game developer Miniclip
- Full ownership of Norwegian publisher Funcom.
- Minority share in Japanese developer PlatinumGames
- Minority share in German developer Yager Development