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Tencent Acquires Majority Stake In Path Of Exile's Developer

by Joe Juba on May 21, 2018 at 02:41 PM

Grinding Gear Games is the studio responsible for the excellent action/RPG Path of Exile. The game is published in China by Tencent, and that company recently acquired a majority stake in the studio.

Tencent is a Chinese conglomerate with interests in many industries – one of them being video games. It is involved (to various degrees) with companies like Riot Games, Epic, and Ubisoft.

Grinding Gear Games says that this acquisition does not affect its autonomy; it is still an independently run company. The company addresses many other potential fan concerns in this post, like whether or not it plans to add pay-to-win mechanics (it doesn't). 

For more on Path of Exile, read our review of the game's Xbox One version.

[Source: Grinding Gear Games via PC Gamer]


Our Take
Grinding Gear Games paints a pretty rosy picture about this acquisition, talking about how Tencent will not interfere with development, and how it puts more resources at the team's disposal. Considering the success of other franchises (like League of Legends) under the Tencent umbrella, this could be a good thing for Path of Exile fans.