Tencent Might Acquire Crysis Developer Crytek, But For All the Wrong Reasons

Crytek employees are concerned regarding Tencent's acquisition of the studio.

0
Tencent

Tencent has been making waves, especially in the games industry, by investing in a ton of major publishers and companies – and holding majority stakes in several leading companies. In an absolutely bombshell report, it seems like Tencent is now trying to acquire German games developer Crytek for more than 300 million Euros.

That by itself might not raise a lot of eyebrows as Tencent has been known to acquire major studios – and spend quite massively doing so. However, what has been raising eyebrows is the fact that Crytek employees are concerned as to the possible ramifications of this acquisition.

Their concerns stem from the fact that Crytek doesn’t just make games like Crysis (most famously), they also supply western armies with military simulation programs powered by the CryEngine.

Also Read: Battlefield: 2042 Price in India Slashed By Rs 500 Even Before its October 22 Launch

Crytek employees concerned about Tencent acquiring the company for over €300mil

As reported by BILD’s Julian Röpcke, Tencent is looking to buy Crytek and the studio’s employees aren’t exactly okay with the move. As Crytek supplies military simulation programs to western armies, their concerns are that this information in the Chinese internet giants’ hands will be used for military purpose by the PLA or China to spy on western militaries and arms manufacturers, using CryEngine.

Julian further added that they reached out to both Tencent and Crytek on the matter, but none of them have responded as of late. BILD’s investigation into the matter has made quite a bit of noise and many have begun to take note of this development.

Crytek Tencent
CryEngine, developed and owned by Crytek.

Tencent owns majority stakes in a large number of game companies including the likes of Riot Games, Epic Games and Grinding Gear Games. Along with that, they also have ownership in companies like Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, and Bluehole.

 

Thanks for reading till the end of this article. For more such informative and exclusive tech content, like our Facebook page


I possess the dexterity of a toddler when it comes to fighting games, but the confidence of a hundred Jay-Z's. Absolutely love narrative-driven games - with a particular obsession with indie side scrollers and retrowave scores. Currently playing: Disco Elysium for probably 5th time in the last 6 months.