China-based Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Don’t Starve developer Klei Entertainment.
According to a post on the Klei Entertainment forum, Candian Studio’s founder Jamie Cheng stated that this collaboration will help the studio “lead the ever-changing industry” and enable it to “focus on the best things we want to do” “(Thanks to Gematsu).
As part of this agreement, Klei will retain full autonomy in the creation and operation of all aspects of the studio (including projects, talents, etc.). Cheng has no plans to step down, and will not make any changes to personnel, projects or other businesses.
“Klei has been in existence for 15 years, and over the years, we have made many changes in response to the changing world,” Cheng said. “It has always been my desire to enable people to do their best creative work, learn and grow without worrying about financial issues, and to be able to enjoy life outside the studio. This has not changed.
“This partnership helps us navigate a rapidly changing industry and helps us focus on what we do best: creating unique experiences that no one else can do.”
Tencent has previously invested in companies such as Riot and Epic Games. In 2016, it helped Klei release its own game in China.
“We have studied many different companies, and over the years, we have worked with a large number of publishers and publishers,” CHeng continued. “Tencent is the only company we believe can allow us to maintain the required level of control.
“We have been working with Tencent for many years, and even where we disagree, they are always willing to work with us to find the best solution for everyone involved, and to obey us when we feel strong.”
Klei has released several games together with “Don’t Starve” and its multiplayer derivative game “Don’t Starve”, such as “Invisible Inc.” “, “Oxygen Not Included”, “Mark of the Ninja”, “Shank”, “Shank 2”, etc.