Tencent Acquires 1C Entertainment; Polish Group to Be Rebranded
Chinese tech giant Tencent today announced the acquisition of the majority stake of Polish game company 1C Entertainment. The financial terms of the deal (which was agreed upon in November 2021) were not disclosed at this time. The press release also reveals that the company will be rebranded (including a rename) within six months from now.
1C Entertainment management board member Tomasz Nieszporski stated:
We are truly excited by this deal. It is an amazing opportunity for 1C Entertainment to achieve our wildest dreams and aspirations in the video games business. Our vision and passion will be now backed by a leading global games company, and I am humbled by the unique chance of working together with Tencent and the other top creative minds that are part of its global ecosystem.
Tencent Games Global Chief Technology Officer Li Shen added:
We couldn’t be more pleased to work with the talented team at 1C Entertainment, supporting them as they embark on a new phase of growth.
1C Entertainment may not be one of the big household companies in the gaming industry, but it's old enough to have released several noteworthy franchises such as King's Bounty, Men of War, and IL-2 Sturmovik. 1C Entertainment also owns QLOC, a co-development, testing, and localization company known for its work on hits such as Devil May Cry, Dark Souls Remastered, Mortal Kombat, Cyberpunk 2077, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
For Tencent, 1C Entertainment is just the latest in an ever-growing list of investments. The Chinese giant, the world leader when it comes to revenue in the gaming industry, already owns Funcom, Leyou, Riot Games, Sharkmob, Sumo, Turtle Rock Studios, Wake Up Interactive, Inflexion Games, Grinding Gear Games, Fatshark, Klei Entertainment, 10 Chambers Collective, Stunlock Studios, and Yager Interactive. Tencent also has minority stakes and/or investments in Epic Games, Garena, Dontnod, Bloober, Marvelous, Netmarble, Kakao, Bluehole, Frontier, Kadokawa Corporation, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Paradox Interactive, Remedy, Playtonic, and PlatinumGames.
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