Jonjonz wrote on Dec 24, 2020, 06:25:
Ask anyone who has ever worked at a company bought out by another how far you can throw that "creatively independent" stone.
New owners: Here's your budget for next year
Creatively independent bought out company: Wait X game's budget is Zero! How are we supposed to keep developing and supporting it?
New owners: Be creative.
It does not matter if a global corporation is owned by Eastern gangsters or Western ones, they all really only care about their bottom line, the rest (censorship etc.) is just posturing just enough to keep their respective populations under the false premise that the authorities are looking out for their interests.
Hollywood already prove your point is wrong... Look at that POS movie called Mulan. When these "juicy $$" come from mostly state/CCP controlled Chinese companies. Censorship and creative freedom control will definitely be a thing. China is a "love face" and love total control country. They are using their "China market" to control others as much as possible. Bottle line? They can fabricate this easily. CCP has TOTAL control of their own financial system. In face ALL the most important industries are controlled by the CCP officials. (energy, tech, financial, media, construction... everything)
Their objective is whatever the next big thing is coming, (either it is a game, a trend, a tech...) China will be a part in it so NO foreign company (like Apple, Microsoft) can exclusively make money of their Chinese people. They knew China is THE biggest market of almost everything. Making foreign money is important but NOT as important as total INTERNAL control.
China love to be the next USA but they will definitely try not repeat any mistake made by the American. Like having a stupid president.
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