Tencent to purchase majority share in Klei, makers of Don’t Starve

Chinese tech giant Tencent will acquire a bulk stake in Klei Home entertainment, the Canadian indie designer behind Don’t Starve, studio creator Jamie Cheng revealed Friday on the business’s main online forums.

“As part of this agreement,” Cheng composed, “Klei retains full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, and more.” Cheng pointed out “a changing industry” as a significant consider his choice.

Klei was very first profiled here at Polygon in 2013. The business increased to prominence that exact same year with the release of Don’t Starve, a wacky survival video game with a lively art design. The video game ultimately progressed into Don’t Starve Together, which included multiplayer and other functions to the experience. Cheng established Klei in 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia; the studio’s other video games consist of 2010’s Shank and 2012’s Mark of the Ninja.

Don’t Starve Together is in fact where Klei’s relationship with Tencent started. In 2016, Klei partnered with the business to bring Don’t Starve Together to China, where the video game has actually been extremely effective. Especially, it was the extremely first video game to introduce on the WeGame platform, Tencent’s equivalent of Steam.

“We looked at a lot of different companies,” Cheng stated in the post, “and over the years, we’ve worked with a large number of publishers and distributors. Tencent is the only company that we felt would let us retain the level of control that we demand.”

Cheng included that the experience for gamers in The United States and Canada must be the same after Tencent gets the bulk stake in Klei, while those in China will start getting “better support” due to the purchase.

This is far from the very first time that Tencent, the world’s biggest supplier of computer game, has actually made a financial investment in Western designers and publishers. The huge Chinese business owns Riot Games (League of Legends), and has financial investments in Impressive Games (Fortnite), Activision Blizzard (Call of Task, Wow), Paradox Interactive, Roblox, and numerous others. Tencent is likewise purchased gaming-adjacent innovation business like Discord and Reddit. Income from these financial investments has actually assisted creator “Pony” Ma Huateng end up being the most affluent guy in China, according to a 2017 report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.