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Tencent

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Billion-dollar company, ten-cent originality.
Founded: November 11, 1998
Founder: Ma Huateng
Zhang Zidong
Xu Chenye
Cheng Yidan
Zeng Liqing
Headquarters: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Key people: Ma Huateng (chairman, CEO)
Martin Lau (president)
Services: QQ
WeChat
WeGame
Garena
MiniClip
Huya Live/Nimo TV
Epic Games Store (through Epic Games' ownership)
GameLoop
Subsidiaries:
Tencent Games
Riot Games
Funcom
Sharkmob
Grinding Gear Games
Supercell
Epic Games
Marvelous
Netmarble
Fatshark
Wangyuan Shengtang
Garena
TiMi Studio
Lightspeed & Quantum Studio
Aurora Studio
Morefun Studio
MiniClip
Kakao
Frontier Developments
PlatinumGames
Krafton
iDreamSky
Voodoo SAS
Leyou
10 Chamber Collective
Sixjoy
Klei Entertainment
Dontnod Entertainment
Subsidiaries held under Leyou:
Digital Extremes
Splash Damage
Athion Games
Kingmaker
Radiance Games
Website: https://www.tencent.com


Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Chinese: 腾讯; pinyin: Téngxùn) is a Chinese multinational conglomerate holding company founded in 1998, whose subsidiaries specialize in various Internet-related services and products, entertainment, artificial intelligence and technology both in China and globally.

Tencent controls hundreds of subsidiaries and associates in numerous industries and areas, creating a broad portfolio of ownerships and investments across a diverse range of businesses including search engines, e-commerce, retail, video gaming, real estate, software, virtual reality, ride-sharing, banking, financial services, financial technology, consumer technology, computer technology, automobile, film production, movie ticketing, music production, space technology, natural resources, smartphones, big data, agriculture, medical services, cloud computing, social media, IT, advertising, streaming media, artificial intelligence, robotics, UAVs, food delivery, courier services, e-book, internet services, education and renewable energy.

As of 2020, Tencent is the publisher of 3 out of 5 of the most played game of all time[1], with the top of the list, Crossfire, have reached the player count of 1 billion players in 2020.[2]

Other than their main gaming division; Tencent Games, Tencent Holdings has invested into a number of non-Chinese game publishers and developers since around 2011, ranging from minority shares to full control of the company. Through these investments, Tencent is considered the largest video game company in the world since March 2018[3]. As of 2020, it was the 2nd largest company in China (after Alibaba Group), and 7th largest company in the world.

This page will focus on Tencent's involvement in the gaming industry.

Why They Suck

  1. Tencent is infamous for copying tons of products from other companies (including its own subsidiaries) and branding them as their own, most notably several MOBA games created under the brand Tencent Games. Examples include Honor of Kings (known as one of the most popular and third highest-grossing video games of all time after Nexon's Dungeon & Fighter Online and Rockstar/Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto V/Grand Theft Auto Online, despite being released only in the Chinese market in 2015) and its international version Arena of Valor, which directly copy several elements from then semi-independent Riot Games' League of Legends.
    • Tencent's CEO, Ma Huateng, has responded to fellow Chinese tech companies' criticism regarding this topic that "[To] copy is not evil." [4] The sheer hypocrisy in this statement is that in 2018, Tencent and the now fully-owned Riot Games have filed a lawsuit[5] against Shanghai Moonton (the developer of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang) for copyright infringement on League of Legends, which Tencent copied 3 years earlier.
    • Some of the features in their games were directly plagiarized from other companies, such as a UI in Code Syn that is crudely modified from Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division 2's UI.
  2. Speaking of copying, they also force their gaming divisions (such as Supercell and Glu - the latter are currently undergoing transition to EA after buyout deals in Febuary 2021) to make numerous reskins of their specialized genres (city building strategy and rail shooters, respectively).
  3. Tencent is known as the pioneer of the "Games as a Service" model. They mainly focused on online-only games with a lot of mostly overpriced microtransactions, tacked on in several different formats. Some champion skins in their MOBA games cost up to $40.
    • Valorant, by Tencent's Riot Games, features a gun skin set named Elderflame with a base price tag of $100 (which is fairly expensive). However, Tencent has created a skin of a skin system by selling "visual upgrades" of the Elderflame skin which costs $192 to fully upgrade all weapons, and $292 in total[6].
    • In Call of Duty: Mobile, Tencent rigged the in-game loot drops to not drop "grand prizes" (such as time-limited guns and character skins) until the player has opened the loot drops for a fixed amount of time (mostly 10 to 20 times).
  4. They often create knockoff games to capitalize on fads, like the aforementioned Code Syn[7], which is a knockoff of Cyberpunk 2077 with plastic-looking characters and a generic-looking world.
  5. They are infamous for taking over several companies (both big and small) for various purposes, such as;
    • Epic Games: "partially" taken over in 2012 after they signed a "support" agreement to aid Epic during their transition into "games as services" business model. Epic later turned into one of Tencent's flagships, focused on milking money from the Unreal Engine license, Fortnite, and their game store.
    • Grinding Gear Games: bought out by Tencent in May 2018 to milk their online game Path of Exile.
    • Krafton: taken over a few months after suing Epic Games for "copying" PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in order to eliminate Fortnite's main competitor and bring them to their side.
    • Marvelous: partially acquired in Febuary 2020, mainly to use Marvelous' anime division to produce adaptations of Chinese manhua (comic books) and milk Marvelous's Story of Seasons games.
  6. They usually acquire several licenses from media franchises and games to create a cash-in game/add-on contents with little to no originality and/or grasp of the original source material, for example;
    • They made a contract with Activision Blizzard to create Call of Duty: Mobile, a free-to-play mobile game that not only looks more like a generic Korean FPS game than an actual Call of Duty games, it also had similar microtransaction schemes in it, such as reskinned guns that are more powerful than the originals and anime-style characters.
    • Several DC Comics characters were featured in Arena of Valor yet they have unoriginal skill sets based on mismatched skill sets from LoL champions.
    • They acquired a license from Marvel Comics to feature some of their characters in Fortnite, such as a mode where player could transform themselves into Thanos if they found the Infinity Gauntlet that spawned randomly on the map. The game also includes skins based on their characters, including Deadpool and Captain America.
    • They made a contract with The Pokémon Company to create Pokémon UNITE, which is basically yet another LoL clone with some gimmicks added.
  7. They are also infamous for meddling with their subsidiaries, for example;
    • They made Riot Games create some cash-in spin-off titles based on the League of Legends franchise, such as Legends of Runeterra (a Heartstone-like card game), League of Legends: Wild Rift (which is just a mobile port of LoL, which Tencent originally intended to make in 2015 but got rejected due to Riot back then stating that the MOBA genre is "not fit for mobile control", said "mobile port" would have turned into Honor of Kings and Arena of Valor later), and a currently untitled League of Legends fighting game. They are responsible for several overpriced "gun skins" in Valorant, as well.
    • They forced Funcom to break their promise that Conan Exiles will be released as a full game without DLC by having them dissecting several in-game contents and sold it as DLCs, resulting in a horrible launch due to the rushed state of the game.
    • They meddled Epic Games into making a mobile port for Fortnite to create "competition" against a mobile port of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which is also owned by Tencent's other subsidiary (Bluehole), meaning that they are competing against themselves.
  8. Due to Tencent owning a large percentage of Epic Games and Krafton, the developers of Fortnite and PUBG respectively, Tencent has nearly monopolized the Battle Royale genre (with the only real competitor against both games being EA's Apex Legends). This lead Tencent to implement a lot of microtransactions in both games without having to worry about competition, this is actually the main reason of why most of the problems that PUBG has have been left untouched to this day.
  9. Their online game stores (WeGame and the Epic Store) are riddled with many problems.
    • WeGame is a Chinese-only online game store that has a near monopoly on the Chinese gaming market. Due to strict censorship by the Communist Party of China (which have close ties with Tencent themselves), several foreign online stores were banned from China, including Steam (Though Valve attempted to create a "localized" version of Steam with censorship applied, which caused outrage in the Chinese gaming community and caused Valve to abandon their plans). As such, the only way to access these foreign stores in China is by using a virtual private network, or VPN.
    • The Epic Games Store is riddled with several problems and questionable policies[8], such as the infamous timed exclusive practices, review censorship, lack of basic features such as a shopping cart, and restrictive DRM, which is carried over from WeGame.
  10. As mentioned above, they have strong ties with the Communist Party of China, who have supported Tencent's business in several ways, such as banning several online game stores (including Steam) in favor of Tencent's WeGame. In return, Tencent made a deal with the CCP to release several propaganda games, such as Clap for Xi Jinping: An Awesome Speech[9] (a mobile game released for the occasion of the 19th National Party Congress) and inserting patriotic agenda into their games, such as the counter-terrorism theme of their Game for Peace program.
  11. As of May 2020, Tencent has shut down PUBG Mobile in China and replaced it with a reskin called Peacekeeper Elite, with a nationalistic story about Chinese "peacekeeping forces" fighting terrorist factions.[10]
  12. Several of their titles and platforms (like Valorant[11] and the Epic Games Store) contain suspicious DRM software, which led to rumors that Tencent is using that to send info to the Chinese government. It doesn't help that Tencent has been accused of bribing computer software agencies to whitelist their software.[12]

Redeeming Qualities

  1. While they mainly copied other games, most of the games made under Tencent Games are of decent-to-good quality.
  2. In spite of the censorship, Tencent's gaming platform WeGame has helped several Chinese indie developers thrive, some of them would eventually make it out of China and release several great titles, such as Mirror and Chinese Parents.
  3. Although they usually meddle with their subsidiaries for profit, they allow their developers to have creative freedom as long as it's not against themselves or the CCP.

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AkihitoZero5454

8 months ago
Score 5
Zhang Zidong?! I have a bad feeling about this!
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Grust

8 months ago
Score 1
I heard Tencent is interested in anime as well. What can we expect if they get their hands on anime?
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Toppy

8 months ago
Score 1

hope they dont get their hands on the anime adaptation of jjba or ace attorney

that would be pretty shit
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
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Toppy, even by saying that, it will most likely happen, whether you want to admit it or not.
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Kringe

8 months ago
Score 1
Tencent is most likely gonna use Marvelous' anime division to help them create an anime based on manhua (Chinese manga) in which they already held a large share of its market. It's unlikely that they will aired these anime outside of China, but knowing Tencent's business (and earlier attepmt by Yostar's Azur Lane) this is not too far from reality.
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GRAND-DUCHY

8 months ago
Score 1

Well, great to see they're here. It's very weird to see their name everywhere, specially on MMORPGs & mobile.

Other companies on the same tier can be either Vivendi or (totally unsure) Disney.
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Latiro

8 months ago
Score 1
I've heard their subsidiary, TiMi Studios, is working on Pokemon Unite. And the reaction from gamers is unsurprising.
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Kringe

8 months ago
Score 1

Ah, yes. Pokemon Unite.

It's basically YET another LOL clone.
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Paprika

8 months ago
Score 1
"Here, have another MOBA! This one with...POKEMON!"
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What.jpeg

8 months ago
Score 1
I don't like where is this going, espically with the ripoffs. And then the MOBA games, they took too much space on the mobile game market, i guess?
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
Score 0
The Infobox needs to be fixed.
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Kringe

8 months ago
Score 1

Just finished creating a template just for this page.

I probably put more effort on Tencent's page than Tencent did to their games.
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
Score 0
Thank God.
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SkyBlueYoshi

8 months ago
Score 2
Oh so they're the reasoning for Blizzard supporting China
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Kringe

7 months ago
Score 2

Not quite. Other than holding just 5% of shares in Activision Blizzard and collaborating with Activision to create Call of Duty Mobile, Tencent does not have any much connection to Blizzard themselves.


It's mainly because the Chinese market is huge, and considered how popular Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch is in China. Blizzard just wanted to milk these sweet RMB from the Chinese gamers by avoiding trouble with the CPC.
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What.jpeg

7 months ago
Score 3
Oh dear god, i really hate this company
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PirateGolem666

7 months ago
Score 3
Worse than EA? My god...
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LA2002

7 months ago
Score 2
These morons are probably even worse than EA.
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Toon

7 months ago
Score 1
these people bought grinding gear games, and now I'm scared on what they're going to do to path of exile.
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Caulipower

6 months ago
Score 2
Winnie will be pissed if he sees it, and I cannot wait to see the look on his face.
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Glitchedblood

6 months ago
Score 2
EA 2?
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Zeephare

6 months ago
Score 1
EA "Wǒ ài Běijīng Tiān'ānmén, Tiān'ānmén shang tàiyáng shēng" Edition
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Kringe

6 months ago
Score 2

Tencent is literally bigger than EA, Activision Blizzard, and Take-Two combined, and they are state sponsored.

So, except social view (which they don't give a shit about SJWs or anything), they are worse than all these companies combined.
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DarkMatterMan4500

5 months ago
Score 0
And A LOT bigger than THQ.
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Igot

6 months ago
Score 1
腾讯付出一切
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Kringe

3 months ago
Score 0

Translation: Tencent makes everything.

I mean, they literally involved in almost every industries inside China, so yeah.
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Kringe

6 months ago
Score 1
In this month, Tencent just acquired 2 (or technically 7 since the latter is a holding companies with 5 subsidiaries); Voodoo SAS and Leyou.
Leyou is the owner of Digital Extremes, the developers of Warframe. Tencent appearantly won a bid against Sony (currently the 2nd largest game company in the world after Tencent themselves) despite they already invested into Voodoo a week earlier.
Looks like they are not going to stop anytime soon.
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Melapoiea

5 months ago
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If they take over Warframe, I'll be PISSED.
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DectableCord58

6 months ago
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TAKE THESE PEOPLE DOWN! THEY’RE EVIL!
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DectableCord58

6 months ago
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I’m talking about Tencent there in that comment btw.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

5 months ago
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"Copycat", the Copy and Cat means the trailer of Code Syn which features Cyberpunk 2077 alike elements and a Felidae specie, this is what they really going to make their game to be a cash-grab.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

4 months ago
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ironically, it's just a joke, guys.
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
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Only true Chads pronounce Tencent as "Téngxùn."
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Master Chief

4 months ago
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This company is worth... ten cents! *booing in the background for unoriginal joke*
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DeciduousWater534

4 months ago
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They're not even worth one tenth of a cent, let alone ten cents.
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DNIguy64

4 months ago
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Wait...they BOUGHT PLATINUM GAMES?! Ah shaft!
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AgentLocke

4 months ago
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probably the reason most companies like rockstar and take two suck
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Grammar guy

3 months ago
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OMNOMNOMNOM NEED MOAR GAME STUDIOS FOR MORE MONEY OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM
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GRAND-DUCHY

3 months ago
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"Tencent has nearly monopolized the battle royale genre"


Yeah, they also own Garena, the company behind Free Fire.

There is a "competitor" called Knives Out, but NetEase nearly shares the same properties Tencent. So it's not much a "competitor". So the only competitors are EA 's Apex Legends and Ubisoft 's Hyper Scape.
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Triggeredrepatillo

one month ago
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how NOT to be a company

but how To be a Chinese company
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DoubleJumpMan

29 days ago
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我不知道會發生什麼。
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DoubleJumpMan

29 days ago
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Translation: "I don't even know what to expect anymore."
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Esaïe the man

25 days ago
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fun fact: Naspers owns a 31% stake in Tencent
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Kringe

19 days ago
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But, Naspers is just a collective holding company for various investors who had no actual voting power. Hence why Ma Huateng still has full control over his company.
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Fineimmaheadout

7 days ago
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Trivia : Tencent were infamously known for they character balance in one of their MOBA game, Arena of Valor. In the 2020 "AoV x Sword Art Online" and the recent 2021 "Foggy Island" update of AoV , they made a new movesets for old characters (2 only) , which is good but their new movesets are insanely overpowered and deals meaty damage , which can kills you in ONE COMBO .
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JDM4678

one day 21 hours 14 minutes ago
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You thought EA and Activision was that bad? Think again!

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