Showing posts with label Tencent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tencent. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Platinum Games Takes Investment from Tencent

Bayonetta developer Platinum Games recently announced partnership with Chinese media giant Tencent.

Largely known for their work on action games like Bayonetta series and NieR: Automata, Japanese video game developer Platinum Games has two more upcoming major releases; Babylon's Fall and Bayonetta 3 set to arrive on 2020.

Most recently, company CEO and president Kenichi Sato has came out announcing a new partnership with Tencent that involves huge influx of cash but has claimed that it wouldn't affect their independence in game making.

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Platinum Games Takes Investment from Tencent

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From early 2000s, Tencent got involved in video game market and it has become a big-name within industry by 2018. One of their biggest moves includes getting ownership of League of Legends creator/developer Riot Games.

Being a major Chinese internet and media company, Tencent has large stakes in high profile publishers like Blizzard Entertainment, Epic Games and Ubisoft. Looking forward to expand their reach, they now have invested in a new studio.

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In his statement on official website, Kenichi Sato said what people can expect from this 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.

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For some time, Platinum intended to expand their business further from development and wanted to self-publish two of their brand-new IPs. With recent capital investment from Tencent, they can most likely pursue that vision.

In past, the developer has struggled financially for a period of time until they were saved by unprecedented success of NieR: Automata. So, this affiliation can at least offer them financial stability and let focus on more creative work.

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In recent years, companies like NetEase and Tencent gaining more influence in games industry is actually worrying as they tend to go after live-service style monetization but we can really get some good games if Platinum can keep their integrity.

Whether or not Platinum Games can possibly go ahead independently from here on under a new corporate structure is still unsure because Tencent won't invest a large sum of money without having some interest of their own.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

League of Legends May Come to Mobile

Riot Games and Tencent are reportedly working on a mobile version of MOBA sensation League of Legends.

Despite having some internal issues with their workforce currently, developer/publisher Riot Games is still doing well with their popular free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends over Mac and PC platform.

Apparently, Riot Games is collaborating with parent company Tencent on a mobile version of the game for Android and iOS devices. Although it has been in works for more than a year now, we will not see it launching anytime soon in 2019.

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League of Legends May Come to Mobile

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Major portion of League player from Western regions prefer to play MOBA games on PC but then there is Eastern market with huge potential for growth, which is mostly leaning towards playing their games on mobile devices.

Those player bases are major target for Chinese corporate giant Tencent Holdings Ltd to develop a mobile version of LoL to grow their overall player count and adding new source of revenue for the game at the same time.

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Tencent has previously worked on a MOBA game titled Honour of Kings for Android, iOS and Nintendo Switch that was re-branded for Western market as Arena of Valor but it failed their expectation of gaining same level of success as LoL.

We can expect that mobile version of League of Legends would probably have gameplay similarities to Arena of Valor. One can only wonder whether or not it would allow PC and mobile accounts to be linked or offer free skins as daily log-in bonuses!

Monday, January 29, 2018

PUBG Anti-Cheat Will Block ReShade

Even though PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been dominating both PC and Xbox One, the most common complain you always hear about the game is that the color palette of this last-man-standing shooter is not vibrant enough. In other words, the visual of this game is sort of pale compared to any other. So, people who play this game on Microsoft Windows uses many third-party tools to see things better and one of the program is called ReShade.

RELATED: Tencent Helped Chinese Police Arrest PUBG Cheaters

Currently, PUBG developers are working on to make sure that people cannot use ReShade anymore in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to increase fairness or to make it more colorful. While all ReShade does is to add more light to the eyes of the players but it also helps the user see their opponents better in the background. So, the program is actually helping the players with a seemingly non-harmful yet unfair means to win.

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PUBG Anti-Cheat Will Block ReShade

RELATED: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PC 1.0 Update #2

Ever since the survival shooter game of PUBG Corporation hit an incredible height on Steam and Xbox One, it attracted the unwanted attention of the cheats to the game. Developer and publisher studio banned more than a thousand players, arrested many cheat software maker with the help of Chinese government and whatever else they could have done to prevent cheats. They even added a replay camera through one of their latest update to file reports against anything in-game that looks suspicious.

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Previously, Brendan Greene, director of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds deemed the usage of ReShade as not an offense that should get them banned and flagged it "Okay". Some of the popular PUBG streamers also used ReShade in the past on many occasion. Plus, considerable amount of request from spectators were made about the program for enhancing the viewing experience for them. However, developers have finally decided that they are not going to allow it anymore.

RELATED: PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

Apparently, they are testing a new anti-cheat solution to fend off the cheats in their test servers. Any third-party program that helps player to affect the visuals or gameplay in any way possible will be blocked out from now on for the sake of a better gaming environment. As ReShade is a renowned program used by PUBG players to improve visuals, it is getting blocked away too.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tencent Helped Chinese Police Arrest PUBG Cheaters

As last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds takes over the border of China to expand its global reach, the current top-selling video game of the world is not free of cheating problem just yet. Game’s distributor in China and the biggest gaming company on earth, Tencent Holdings Ltd. is currently going all out at war against those who attempts to cheat in-game and disrupts the environment of fair play for other players.

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Tencent Helped Chinese Police Arrest PUBG Cheaters

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According to analytics from Steam, multiplayer online battle royale PUBG has currently has 27 million users worldwide and almost 10 million of them belong to China. Roughly 8 million players of the game are from United States and the rest is from various other countries of the world. Because of its massive consumer base, Tencent had to make sure that players who bought this game has the experience they seek from the game and not some cheat gets to rob them off that.

RELATED: PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

So, they enlisted help from the Chinese police to dig up and drag out those underground groups that are responsible for creating bots to manipulate the game environment. As part of this initiative, already 30 cases have been filed and 120 are arrested for involvement with the cheat. The cheat-software makers were helping people mostly with aimbots and wallhacks, which made it near impossible for the general players to win.

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Cheaters Drive Away Players from PUBG

RELATED: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds PC 1.0 Update #2

The main reason for this online battle royale game to find the attraction of the cheat-software makers is the insane amount of popularity it has in the market. Ever since the game is launched, people have been losing their mind over it and that massive hype has been increasing every day. An in-game automated banning system is recently introduced to the game through an update that has helped clear out hackers from the game to an estimated 67.5 percent.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a multiplayer online shooter from PUBG Corporation, released for PC and Xbox One worldwide. The game holds the potential of becoming a popular eSport any day soon as within the one year of its release, it has already ran a few small but successful tournaments and managed to draw attention from people.

Friday, December 29, 2017

PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

If we say that the year 2017 was dominated by the newly released sensation of a multiplayer online battle royale game called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, we won't be exaggerating much, right? We know we are right on this one. Because, there was literally news about PUBG every week if not every month and sometimes there were interesting scoops on the game twice in a day. We just couldn't catch a break from it as it seemed. That's not a bad thing though.

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PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

From the Early Access days on Steam, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has set a couple of impressive milestones for having a large number of concurrent players online. Back in September, PUBG hit the mile marker of 1 million players. Then October saw the number grow to double just as it exited the Early Access stage and now at the end of the year, the game reached the milestone of 3 million players simultaneously participating in the hottest online battle royale.

RELATED: PUBG Will Be Changed in China

The closest number nearing the landmark of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds that any other game has managed to reach till date is Dota 2. This multiplayer online battle arena game from Valve Corporation has the record of reaching 1.29 million players but even that number hasn't been above anywhere near 1 million since February 2017. Currently, Dota 2 has a number of concurrent players online between 50-70 thousands at best.



Before today, many online portals and sites already published a bunch of fake news on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds already hitting the 3 million players' peak point and since everyone is so damn hyped with the game, some actually believed it to be true. PUBG eventually did managed to reach that peak though as it was quite inevitable for the game at this point of increasing popularity. It wasn't until Steam’s official stats page confirmed the news to be true, we weren't absolutely sure if this have happened.

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PUBG Corporation presents PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is already out now to play on PC and Xbox One as a part of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview Program. If you haven't joined the ever-growing crowd of the most popular shooters of 2017, don't shy off and just join in to have some fun with your fellow contenders of battlegrounds.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PUBG Will Be Changed in China

South Korean publisher Bluehole realized that they have hit the big-one when their multiplayer online battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds have taken the video gamers all over the world and become the top game on Steam. Bluehole's subsidiary PUBG Corp. is trying to expand their global outreach by introducing the game into the Chinese market and was in talks with Tencent; the largest gaming publisher in China.

Turns out, Tencent have already signed an official agreement to make way for PUBG in China but not until changes are made to it. Now without a doubt, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a game that primarily focuses on fight for survival of the players and can be a bit-too violent for some people. All Tencent wants is that the game should make modifications so that it better represents their “socialist core values” and will work with PUBG to achieve that.

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PUBG Will Be Changed in China

The whole world is aware that China is kind of a control freak when it comes to decide what they should or shouldn't let their citizens to chomp to. Even though those strict mentalities have been slightly relaxed in recent years, the worldwide smash-hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still having trouble to reach the Chinese audience for their strict guidelines. After months of discussion with Tencent, PUBG Corporation has finally managed to reach a settlement.

When China’s content regulator deemed the game inappropriate last month for having violent content that doesn't match with the socialist values they are looking for. Tencent will now apparently work with PUBG so that the game better represents “the spirit of teamwork” and “fair competition” to the Chinese youth. However, how they are going to do that in a last-man-standing type game is still unclear.

While many may oppose the idea of censoring a game like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds just for the sake of releasing it on China, it actually is a smart move for Bluehole and PUBG. Because, Tencent has become such a big-deal in the gaming industry right now and it really seems like a good idea for the developers of such an already popular game to take over an even bigger market.