In the material dedicated to the world’s largest game companies, we already noted that the Chinese technology giant Tencent actively invests in Western studios. And now the Polish studio Techland, authors of Call of Juarez, Dead Island and Dying Light, has joined the Tencent family. This is stated in the address on the studio’s website, signed by the company’s CEO and founder Paweł Marchewka.
“Today I am happy to announce the partnership with Tencent who are in the process of becoming Techland’s majority shareholder.Teaming up with Tencent will allow us to move full speed ahead with the execution of the vision for our games. We have chosen an ally who has already partnered with some of the world’s finest video game companies and helped them reach new heights while respecting their ways of doing things,” the message says.
As a reminder, Tencent owns 100% of the studios Funcom, Digital Extremes, Splash Damage, Riot Games, The Chinese Room, Auroch Digital, Rock Studios, Fulqrum Games. In addition, Tencent has a large stake in other Western companies: Grinding Gear Games, Supercell, Epic Games, Don’t Nod, Bloober Team, FromSoftware, Ubisoft, Frontier Developments, Paradox Interactive, Remedy Entertainment and others.
Regarding Techland, it is the oldest Polish game studio, which was founded back in 1991. The company became famous on the world market thanks to the games Call of Juarez (2006), Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (2009), Dead Island (2011), Dying Light (2015) and Dying Light 2 Stay Human (2022). As of April 2021, more than 400 developers worked in the studio.
Techland’s CEO mentions that the studio is currently working on an open-world action/RPG in a fantasy setting. This is the studio’s first new IP in 10 years.