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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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slaapliedje 24 Jan
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Quoting: iniudan
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.
Yeah, I mean I just didn't want to be the one to say it.
Quoting: iniudanIt not that they have the highest concentration of rare-earth, is that they don't mind destroying their environment to do it cheaply.
Ah, well, as a Canadian I wouldn't know anything about that. <cough>tar sands</cough>


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 24 January 2021 at 6:10 pm UTC
Kiba 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.
China has a lot of rare earths (it's a big country), but they are not that "rare", look at this: https://mrdata.usgs.gov/catalog/cite-view.php?cite=845

Quoting: rea987
Quoting: KibaTell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.

Rocket League lost Linux support. Period.
I hated that (never toucher Rocket League since then, not even with Proton), but i fail to see how Tencent is involved in it, Tim Sweeney has been anti-linux for so much time, it has nothing to do with Tencent.
Are you saying that the super-duper-evil CCP wants us to use Windows and follow a guy (Sweeney) that compares linux to escape the United States? That would be peak conspiranoia.

EGS is NOT Tencent, Tencent is NOT the CCP.
A Netherlands company has the 30% of Tencent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosus), but China haters won't tell you that, they have the major stake on Tencent, much more than the actual founder Ma Huateng (he has like 9%).
rea987 24 Jan
Quoting: TheSHEEEPA 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.

You do realize this is a site dedicated to Gaming on Linux? Of course a game losing support for a Linux make itself worse for Linux players.
The whole thing about Tencent being the CCP is untrue. The party has been having conflicts with Tencent and Ant for the past year and taking antitrust action against them, etc.

That said, as a community generally opposed and hostile to Microsoft's business practices, I should hope that people don't hold double standards and denounce a company that is objectively far worse. Just a bit of digging into some of the things its involved in should confirm that.

Quoting: KibaTencent, 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.

Market Socialism? More like authoritarian capitalism or "capitalism with Chinese characteristics." I honestly hope no one tries to emulate that, it sounds like an incredibly unpleasant world to live in.


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TheSHEEEP 24 Jan
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Quoting: rea987You do realize this is a site dedicated to Gaming on Linux? Of course a game losing support for a Linux make itself worse for Linux players.
No, it doesn't.
The game itself isn't better or worse. It's mechanics didn't change, nothing about it that has any influence on the quality of game changed, nobody who still plays the game lost any game quality over that change.

You can't play it. That makes your situation worse, so Epic made your situation worse, indeed, but not the game itself.
One shouldn't confuse one's own situation in relation to the game with the quality of a game itself.

Quoting: Segata SanshiroMore like authoritarian capitalism or "capitalism with Chinese characteristics." I honestly hope no one tries to emulate that, it sounds like an incredibly unpleasant world to live in.
Don't know about that. In contrast to the slowly collapsing economies we have in the west, their shit works and seems vastly more stable. And that is IMO mostly due to the advantages of authoritarian systems.
Not saying all should copy it, but it should be looked at thoroughly and without blinding idealism to see what improvements, if any, can be taken from it and applied to ours.


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slaapliedje 24 Jan
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Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: rea987You do realize this is a site dedicated to Gaming on Linux? Of course a game losing support for a Linux make itself worse for Linux players.
No, it doesn't.
The game itself isn't better or worse. It's mechanics didn't change, nothing about it that has any influence on the quality of game changed, nobody who still plays the game lost any game quality over that change.

You can't play it. That makes your situation worse, so Epic made your situation worse, indeed, but not the game itself.
One shouldn't confuse one's own situation in relation to the game with the quality of a game itself.

Quoting: Segata SanshiroMore like authoritarian capitalism or "capitalism with Chinese characteristics." I honestly hope no one tries to emulate that, it sounds like an incredibly unpleasant world to live in.
Don't know about that. In contrast to the slowly collapsing economies we have in the west, their shit works and seems vastly more stable. And that is IMO mostly due to the advantages of authoritarian systems.
Not saying all should copy it, but it should be looked at thoroughly and without blinding idealism to see what improvements, if any, can be taken from it and applied to ours.
Well, that depends. Sure, maybe the gameplay didn't change, but what if they dropped Linux support because they couldn't figure out how to install a rootkit, but they did on the Windows version?
https://www.osnews.com/story/131665/riot-games-maker-of-league-of-legends-installs-rootkit-with-their-new-hit-game-valorant/
TheSHEEEP 24 Jan
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Quoting: slaapliedjeSure, maybe the gameplay didn't change, but what if they dropped Linux support because they couldn't figure out how to install a rootkit, but they did on the Windows version?
An online game needs good anti-cheat software, that's an unfortunate truth.
If rootkits are truly necessary or not is certainly up for debate (I'd say no), but it doesn't really matter for this point.
If an online game does not have good anti-cheat, then the quality of the game would definitely suffer.

I just don't see what the connection between dropping a platform and a game's quality has to do with this?
Basiani 24 Jan
Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: slaapliedjeSure, maybe the gameplay didn't change, but what if they dropped Linux support because they couldn't figure out how to install a rootkit, but they did on the Windows version?
An online game needs good anti-cheat software, that's an unfortunate truth.
If rootkits are truly necessary or not is certainly up for debate (I'd say no), but it doesn't really matter for this point.
If an online game does not have good anti-cheat, then the quality of the game would definitely suffer.

I just don't see what the connection between dropping a platform and a game's quality has to do with this?

Two possilbe reasons:
1) Their rootkits doesn't work same way in Linux as on Windows, so it can't do anything against Linux cheaters.
2) Their rootkits can't be hidden from advanced Linux researchers and of caurse they not want that.

Any way, rootkits aren't wellcomed from serious Linux users. If someone is just gamer and not more, they must ditch Linux and install Windows.
Quoting: Kiba
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.
China has a lot of rare earths (it's a big country), but they are not that "rare", look at this: https://mrdata.usgs.gov/catalog/cite-view.php?cite=845

Quoting: rea987
Quoting: KibaTell me about one game that went worse because of Tencent.

Rocket League lost Linux support. Period.
I hated that (never toucher Rocket League since then, not even with Proton), but i fail to see how Tencent is involved in it, Tim Sweeney has been anti-linux for so much time, it has nothing to do with Tencent.
Are you saying that the super-duper-evil CCP wants us to use Windows and follow a guy (Sweeney) that compares linux to escape the United States? That would be peak conspiranoia.

EGS is NOT Tencent, Tencent is NOT the CCP.
A Netherlands company has the 30% of Tencent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosus), but China haters won't tell you that, they have the major stake on Tencent, much more than the actual founder Ma Huateng (he has like 9%).

I can link to Wikipedia, too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tencent#Government_partnerships

You should assume that big multinational corporations based in China are more or less directly controlled by the CCP, and whether or not you think this presents security or privacy concerns, or whether you believe they're putting propaganda into their products, or whether you believe you would be affected by such propaganda, you should not want to support the CCP financially, either. You apparently admire how they do "business," which is great if you ignore all the human rights abuses. Honestly, making excuses for Tencent is a pretty damned weird position to take. They don't need your help.
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