Tencent's Klei Buy

The Klei Entertainment Forums announce that Tencent has taken a majority stake in the Canadian studio behind various games, including Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja. They say: "As part of this agreement, Klei retains full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, and more." Here's where they explain the appeal of being part of the Chinese conglomerate:
We looked at a lot of different companies, 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.

We've been working with Tencent for years and even at points where we disagreed, they were always willing to work with us to find the best solution for everybody involved and defer to us when we felt strongly.
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Jan 23, 2021, 05:40
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Can't they go for EA's or Activision's money? Like so many other studios that wanted to make money and quit making creative games?
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 22, 2021, 22:36:
Different strokes. I think ONI is awesome, although I have not purchase the newly released DLC -- so far I am not impressed with what I have seen of it.

Yeah, I got a good 3-4 weeks out of ONI. Tons of fun.
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Jan 23, 2021, 02:00
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 22, 2021, 21:54:
I hope they are right and can maintain autonomy. However, if I had to place a bet on it, I would bet against them being able to. Worried

Well, Tencent gives more autonomy than most. They are ginormous and don't have time to micromanage every little studio. I guess if you can't stay afloat by yourself, they are the people to sell to. Plus it's China, so more future-proof than tying yourself to the fading west.
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Jan 22, 2021, 22:36
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Different strokes. I think ONI is awesome, although I have not purchase the newly released DLC -- so far I am not impressed with what I have seen of it.
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Jan 22, 2021, 22:34
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Jan 22, 2021, 22:34
 
It's unfortunate any time a small studio is bought out, but this is a serious "meh" from me. I liked Don't Starve, and think Mark of the Ninja was excellent, but those two were 8 and 9 years ago. Invisible Inc was pretty good, too... 6 years ago. Oxygen Not Included did not thrill me, Hot Lava is an interesting concept with an art style that left me cold (pardon the pun), and Griftlands "deck-building" is a solid pass from me. They had their impact, now they are cashing in. Pretty standard practice. Cue company-line "let us retain the level of control that we demand" rhetoric that always coincides with such buyouts.
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Jan 22, 2021, 21:54
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I hope they are right and can maintain autonomy. However, if I had to place a bet on it, I would bet against them being able to. Worried
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Jan 22, 2021, 20:44
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Everyone like China juicy $$$.
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Jan 22, 2021, 19:45
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About as appealing as a dose of the clap.
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