The news site the Information reported that the Chinese media conglomerate Tencent bought a majority stake in Bohemia Interactive who created DayZ and the Arma series. The parties have not yet confirmed the deal, but if it turns out that the information is correct, the Czech Studio will be on a par with Funcom, Epic Games and Supercell, which also owns the Corporation.
According to unofficial information, Tencent now owns 70-80 % of the shares Bohemia Interactive. The amount of the transaction is approximately $260 million, According to analyst Daniel Ahmad (Ahmad Daniel), the purchase will allow the Corporation to remedy the lack of “sandbox” for PC in portfolio and better compete with NetEase, distribute Minecraft in China.
Tencent became a partner Bohemia Interactive in 2018. Then the developers entered into an agreement with the company whereby it has committed to release the “sandbox” Ylands – the newest game of the Studio is on its own platform WeGame.
Bohemia Interactive was founded in 1999. Her story began with a series of Operation Flashpoint, and in 2006 she released the ideological successor to its first part – Arma: Armed Assault, which later turned into a big franchise. The last of its major parts, Arma 3, appeared in 2013 and still receives updates. In 2018, five years after the release of the early version, the official release of survival simulator DayZ, which also continue to support. Last year ended early access Vigor – relatively free online action on Xbox One, and PC has become available Ylands.
This is not the first major deal with Tencent gaming companies in 2020. At the beginning of the year, it announced the purchase of a controlling stake in Norwegian Funcom, who created Conan the Exiles and preparing to release three games in the universe of “dune”, including the ambitious survival simulator. At about the same time became aware of the fact that the Corporation has invested in the Japanese Platinum Games (Bayonetta, NieR: Automata), and Yager Development (Spec Ops: The Line). In may it was confirmed that she will be the publisher of System Shock 3, which the developers have faced serious problems.
In addition to Funcom, Tencent owns several major gaming companies. She completely belongs to Riot Games that created League of Legends and recently started the online shooter Valorant. She also has a large (40-80 %) proportion in Grinding Gear Games (Path of Exile), Supercell (Clash of Clans) and Epic Games, and a small (5-9 %) – Frontier Developments (Elite Dangerous), Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and Paradox Interactive.
In may, the Chinese giant has announced the launch of a new division TiMi Studios (Call of Duty: Mobile) in Los Angeles, which will develop big-budget projects. Its Director appointed Scott Warner (Scott Warner), a leading designer, Halo 4 and Battlefield Hardline.