Tencent Digital Extremes and Splash Damage Acquisitions Official

Tencent's USD$1.5 billion acquisition of Leyou Technologies is now officially complete, so the Chinese conglomerate is now the owner of Splash Damage, Digital Extremes, and a few other developers (thanks Gamasutra). There's a statement on the news on the Splash Damage Website saying they've joined the "Tencent family." CEO Richard Jolly says: "We’ve always been dedicated to creating team-based games that spark friendships and build passionate communities, and we strive to work with partners who believe in that mission." There's also a post about this on the Digital Extremes Website saying the Warframe developer will "remain creatively independent." Here's more:
Will Digital Extremes still independently operate Warframe?
Yes, we will continue to create great content for Warframe and we will remain creatively independent. Our focus will remain on listening to you, our community, upgrading Warframe based on your feedback, and developing the kind of great stories, gameplay, and incredible new space ninja action you’ve come to expect from us. Tencent is well known for respecting the creative decisions and integrity of its studios, and for giving them the autonomy and independence to experiment, innovate and thrive.

Will this cause any changes to the game direction of Warframe?
Warframe’s direction will remain in the hands of its development team, which is 100% dedicated to its community. We got here because of you! Our creative goals remain steadfastly focused on expanding on next-generation consoles (Xbox Series X/S), innovating with The New War, forging ahead with intense space battles (Corpus Railjack), and more surprises in 2021.
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Avus wrote on Dec 24, 2020, 12:59:
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.
Hollywood is primarily interested in making money. For decades it has been a PR tool for the US military and police to portray them in a positive light in exchange for financial support and assets (tanks, helicopters, police vehicles, etc). Now they're starting to pander to China to make money. The only thing that has changed is that China's influence is on the rise and the United States' influence is on the decline.
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"Creatively Independent"

Thats the key phrase here.

It means that things like pricing/monetization and other money making aspects are not something they are in control of. If Tencent decides that the game needs lootboxes, or that nearly everything in the game is something you can farm isnt good for earning money, then these are things Digital Extremes has no control over.

But hey, they can write the story how they want, and keep making very unique visual designs for their enemies, world and warframes.

This wasnt a move to do whats best for Digital Extremes or the future of the game.

This was a move by a small select group of the executive management who undoubtedly got very rich from this "acquisition".
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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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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.
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Krodge wrote on Dec 23, 2020, 21:04:
Seems like the CCP will have a monopoly over the games industry in a few years.
Its going to become harder and harder to fight back against their censorship and they'll have a direct line to exercise their soft power by propagandizing to kids.
You act as if censorship isn't already happening in western development. The difference is that it's factored into development - can't be too violent, can't be too sexual, can't have certain drug references, etc. Afterall, there's no point adding something if you know you'll have to remove it.

The censorship will change as China becomes more influential, sure, but let's not pretend that this isn't already happening. Countries like the US, UK, Germany and Australia have all censored more than their fair share of games.
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Nucas wrote on Dec 24, 2020, 01:07:
wouldn't be surprised to see them end up with valve when gabe or who succeeds him wants to cash out/retire.
Valve and EA would make excellent acquisitions.
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wouldn't be surprised to see them end up with valve when gabe or who succeeds him wants to cash out/retire.
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Krodge wrote on Dec 23, 2020, 21:04:
Seems like the CCP will have a monopoly over the games industry in a few years.
Its going to become harder and harder to fight back against their censorship and they'll have a direct line to exercise their soft power by propagandizing to kids.

I think that's vastly overstating it. The big publishers in the west don't need their money. There are big differences in western and eastern gaming tastes, as well as cultural values. Tencent trying to push a CCP agenda would fail miserably.
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Krodge wrote on Dec 23, 2020, 21:04:
Seems like the CCP will have a monopoly over the games industry in a few years.
Its going to become harder and harder to fight back against their censorship and they'll have a direct line to exercise their soft power by propagandizing to kids.

If I wasn't on the same planet, I'd admire their tenacity and breadth of scope. They are trying to slowly worm into every aspect of society, across the entire globe. Unnerving.
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Gross. Guess I won't be returning to Warframe. Put a couple thousand hours into that.
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Seems like the CCP will have a monopoly over the games industry in a few years.
Its going to become harder and harder to fight back against their censorship and they'll have a direct line to exercise their soft power by propagandizing to kids.
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