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Tencent reportedly purchase sizeable stake in DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive

Published: 08:25, 03 June 2020
Updated: 11:23, 03 June 2020
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World's biggest gaming company Tencent have reportedly purchased a majority stake in Bohemia Interactive, the developer of the popular survival game DayZ.

UPDATE: Bohemia Interactive have denied the report saying they remain an independent studio. "Tencent didn't buy us. Bohemia Interactive remains an independent studio. We don't know where this information came from," head of marketing Petr Polacek told Hospodarske Noviny

Original story: Earlier this year, a rumour surfaced on Reddit , suggesting that Bohemia Interactive, the developer of DayZ have shut down their Bratislava studio, ending support for DayZ. Shortly after that Bohemia released a statement confirming that they indeed have closed Bratislava studio but the development of DayZ will still continue as planned.

"We recently closed our Bratislava studio. It was a mutual decision between management and studio leads, and we want to thank all team members for their contribution," they wrote in the statement . "This decision won't affect the future development of DayZ".

Today, a report from  theinformation claims that Tencent have bought a majority stake of between 70 per cent and 80 per cent in Bohemia.

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"Chinese game giant Tencent has bought a stake of between 70% and 80% in the Czech Republic–based videogame developer Bohemia Interactive for around $260 million," the report states.

As you may know, this is Tencent's fourth major investment this year. They already acquired Funcom, the developer of Conan Exiles, Spec Ops team Yager and also took over the development of System Shock 3.

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Bohemia Interactive are yet to officially confirm these reports. AltChar have reached out to Bohemia Interactive for comment and will update if we hear back from the company.

 

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