PlatinumGames CEO and president Kenicho Sato issued a public statement announcing that the company has taken capital investment from Tencent Holdings, the Chinese conglomerate with ties to the State party.
“We would like to announce we have received a capital investment from Tencent Holdings Limited as a basis for partnership. This partnership has no effect on the independence of our company, and we will continue operations under our current corporate structure.
“We hope to use this capital to strengthen our foundation as a business and expand from game development into exploring self-publishing. We also hope that this partnership can give us a wider global perspective, while still creating high quality games that stay true to our name.”
This comes shortly after Platinum announced that they have big and small announcements to make throughout 2020.
This instantly created all sorts of worry from any and every real gamer who actually cares about the industry, because the writing is typically on the wall when it comes to companies taking money from Tencent.
Universally it means they have to make some kind of change to their product. We saw it recently with Universal taking Tencent’s money for Top Gun 2, where changes were made to the movie to accommodate the Chinese investors. Some such changes included removing the Japanese and Taiwanese flags from Maverick’s jacket.
This isn’t to say that whatever PlatinumGames makes will be censored to accommodate Tencent, but it does mean that there’s still a high risk that if Tencent funded the studio’s project with the intent of distributing it in the mainland, then censorship will soon follow. As some of you know (or may not know) there are extremely strict rules in place regarding content curation in the mainland, and software approval is exceptionally tight after China established a new software censorship committee.
Now it’s totally possible that Tencent infused money into PlatinumGames with the intent of establishing a publishing or distributing partnership for specific regions rather than trying to edge into IP ownership — or so that’s what it sounds like based on Sato’s announcement. But we won’t know for sure what the exact terms of the partnership is are until more information about the games start to surface.
(Thanks for the news tip BalancedHydra and Ebicentre)
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