Sony and Tencent have increased their shares in Japanese developer From Software and now own 14.1 per cent and 16.3 per cent of the studio, respectively.
According to the official documents from Kadokawa , the parent company of From Software, Tencent's subsidiary Sixjoy bought 1,703 shares while Sony got 1,476 shares for $82.68 per share, which is around $262,799 in total.
The shareholder ratio after the purchase is as follows:
- Kadokawa Corporation 69.66 per cent
- Tencent (Sixjoy) 16.25 per cent
- Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. 14.09 per cent
Kadokawa still own the majority of shares in From Software, and we doubt they'll ever look to sell the studio now that From Software games have finally become fully mainstream, thanks to Elden Ring.
Though, it will be interesting to see whether these latest share purchases from Sony and Tencent have any bigger effect on how From Software work.
We really doubt this will change anything for the actual consumers so don't expect to see From Software games suddenly become exclusive to PlayStation 5.
From Software have recently talked about plans to start expanding some of their games to other mediums , beyond video games, where Sony, for example, can certainly help given that they are one of the biggest film production companies in the world.
But of course, this is just speculation and wishful thinking on our part and there is nothing officially confirmed or announced that would hint at such partnerships.