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More game industry news coming at you following the Team17 buying up Golf With Your Friends and YoYo Games being acquired by Opera we now have Klei Entertainment agreeing for Tencent to take a majority stake in them.

Speaking in a forum post, studio head Jamie Cheng mentioned they've "agreed to deal for Tencent to purchase a majority stake in Klei Entertainment" and that "Klei retains full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, and more".

Klei have actually been working with Tencent since 2016, as Tencent helped Klei distribute games through China on the WeGame platform and more recently a mobile Don't Starve game. Cheng also mentioned how a "large proportion" of their players are actually from China.

Tencent have invested in a lot of different companies including Riot Games, Epic Games, Funcom, Supercell, Bluehole (PUBG) and many many more. 

Pictured - Don't Starve Together

Klei have been good to Linux for games giving us the likes of Don't Starve, Don't Starve Together, Oxygen Not Included, Invisible, Inc. and Mark of the Ninja. Hopefully more to come with creative control remaining with the current Klei head.

This trend of companies pulling together lots under their banner is a little worrying, too many eggs in one basket.

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rea987 23 Jan
I wonder at what day I wake up only to learn the flat that I live in has been acquired by Tencent that demands daily lootboxes opening for continue of the service...


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Kiba 23 Jan
Tell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.
A month ago they bought the Warframe company, are they putting some communist message in it with an update?
Tencent, and chinese companies, can buy a lot of enterprises because China is the best economy, growing like no one. If you don't like it you should change your own governments so you can compete with China, just like they did 50 years ago.
Market socialism is beating liberal capitalism, grow up and deal with it.
rea987 23 Jan
Quoting: KibaTell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.

Rocket League lost Linux support. Period.
Bumadar 23 Jan
Tencent was already huge but mostly in China, they sure are expanding to the "west" the last few years
slaapliedje 23 Jan
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Quoting: KibaTell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.
A month ago they bought the Warframe company, are they putting some communist message in it with an update?
Tencent, and chinese companies, can buy a lot of enterprises because China is the best economy, growing like no one. If you don't like it you should change your own governments so you can compete with China, just like they did 50 years ago.
Market socialism is beating liberal capitalism, grow up and deal with it.
From my understanding of that, it comes from China having the highest concentration of rare metals in the world. The ones that are used in all of our electronics. So a mix of luck and technology is what is making their economy boom. Everyone else is just kind of screwed. It is the same sort of thing with oil and the middle east.
TheSHEEEP 23 Jan
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Quoting: rea987Rocket League lost Linux support. Period.
The question was about games that got worse because of Tencent.
Do you really believe Epic would have done anything different if they had acquired Psyonix without Tencent?

Anyway, I think this was more about games that became worse on a design level, with a sudden influx of MTX, etc.
A game losing support for a platform doesn't make the game itself any worse. Just like having Linux support on its own doesn't make any game any better.
Cyril 23 Jan
About Klei, sure they support Linux, but...
Don't forget that recently their DRM-Free build doesn't have the same love.
Oxygen Not Included is not on GOG, and Mark of the Ninja: Remastered doesn't have Linux/mac builds there.
And about Griftlands it doesn't sound good either...
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: KibaTell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.
A month ago they bought the Warframe company, are they putting some communist message in it with an update?
Tencent, and chinese companies, can buy a lot of enterprises because China is the best economy, growing like no one. If you don't like it you should change your own governments so you can compete with China, just like they did 50 years ago.
Market socialism is beating liberal capitalism, grow up and deal with it.
From my understanding of that, it comes from China having the highest concentration of rare metals in the world. The ones that are used in all of our electronics. So a mix of luck and technology is what is making their economy boom. Everyone else is just kind of screwed. It is the same sort of thing with oil and the middle east.
I don't think that's the case. For one thing, very few countries ever find that having a ton of raw materials makes their economy boom. It takes an amazing amount of planning and resolve as well as some luck and muscle. Take oil--out of all the countries with a bunch of oil, how many have actually managed to use it to help build a prosperous, broad-based economy? Well, there's Norway. Anyone else?
Most countries with serious resources, foreigners just come and steal them. If they insist that the resources belong to them, their governments get destabilized or they get sanctioned. Or, if they cut some kind of deal with dominant countries to let them keep the stuff, it ends up just distorting their economy so it depends on oil rent and is otherwise totally inefficient and barely there--the Saudi Arabia route. You mentioned the Middle East, but the only country in the Middle East you could even consider calling an economic powerhouse has no oil (Israel). Plus, resource economies are prone to booms and busts. So if China has managed to use the presence of those rare metals to actually build their economy, that in itself points to a kind of acumen found in very few countries.

But also, China's rise started before most of those rare metals became important, so I don't see how they could have been the cause. And I don't think it's reasonable overall to call China a resource-rich country.

Technology, sure--but how did they get the technology? The Chinese government decided it was important to get technology and they, first, insisted on technology transfers as a condition of doing business and, second, built tons and tons of educational institutions. Saying China is doing well because China has technology is kind of like saying China is doing well because China has infrastructure--those kinds of things don't drop from the sky, they built them. My country could too but we're too hypnotized by markets.
slaapliedje 24 Jan
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Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: KibaTell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.
A month ago they bought the Warframe company, are they putting some communist message in it with an update?
Tencent, and chinese companies, can buy a lot of enterprises because China is the best economy, growing like no one. If you don't like it you should change your own governments so you can compete with China, just like they did 50 years ago.
Market socialism is beating liberal capitalism, grow up and deal with it.
From my understanding of that, it comes from China having the highest concentration of rare metals in the world. The ones that are used in all of our electronics. So a mix of luck and technology is what is making their economy boom. Everyone else is just kind of screwed. It is the same sort of thing with oil and the middle east.
I don't think that's the case. For one thing, very few countries ever find that having a ton of raw materials makes their economy boom. It takes an amazing amount of planning and resolve as well as some luck and muscle. Take oil--out of all the countries with a bunch of oil, how many have actually managed to use it to help build a prosperous, broad-based economy? Well, there's Norway. Anyone else?
Most countries with serious resources, foreigners just come and steal them. If they insist that the resources belong to them, their governments get destabilized or they get sanctioned. Or, if they cut some kind of deal with dominant countries to let them keep the stuff, it ends up just distorting their economy so it depends on oil rent and is otherwise totally inefficient and barely there--the Saudi Arabia route. You mentioned the Middle East, but the only country in the Middle East you could even consider calling an economic powerhouse has no oil (Israel). Plus, resource economies are prone to booms and busts. So if China has managed to use the presence of those rare metals to actually build their economy, that in itself points to a kind of acumen found in very few countries.

But also, China's rise started before most of those rare metals became important, so I don't see how they could have been the cause. And I don't think it's reasonable overall to call China a resource-rich country.

Technology, sure--but how did they get the technology? The Chinese government decided it was important to get technology and they, first, insisted on technology transfers as a condition of doing business and, second, built tons and tons of educational institutions. Saying China is doing well because China has technology is kind of like saying China is doing well because China has infrastructure--those kinds of things don't drop from the sky, they built them. My country could too but we're too hypnotized by markets.
The difference between China and the oil countries that were mostly robbed is that China isn't constantly at war with itself. Also they have a huge populous, so once those resources were known to be valuable in the 60s, and with that large work force, they can mine the hell out of everything. I'll have to find the video I saw that was talking about it, as I personally don't really have the knowledge to debate it at all, I just thought it was an interesting bit of information.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDwIc-plsYQ I mean here's one of many.
iniudan 24 Jan
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: KibaTell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.
A month ago they bought the Warframe company, are they putting some communist message in it with an update?
Tencent, and chinese companies, can buy a lot of enterprises because China is the best economy, growing like no one. If you don't like it you should change your own governments so you can compete with China, just like they did 50 years ago.
Market socialism is beating liberal capitalism, grow up and deal with it.
From my understanding of that, it comes from China having the highest concentration of rare metals in the world. The ones that are used in all of our electronics. So a mix of luck and technology is what is making their economy boom. Everyone else is just kind of screwed. It is the same sort of thing with oil and the middle east.

It not that they have the highest concentration of rare-earth, is that they don't mind destroying their environment to do it cheaply.
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