Possible Tencent-Supercell deal translate market mobile e-sports to the new level

31 May 2016

China Investment company of Tencent - the owner of Riot Games, Epic Games and other online services - perhaps preparing for a transaction that will change the face of mobile e-sports worldwide. There are good reasons to believe that they will soon become the owners of a majority stake in the Finnish developer of games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Hay Day and Boom Beach. On this transaction, it became known to journalists edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Game Clash of Clans - one of the development Supercell

Negotiations still in the initial stage and a deal is still far from signing the contract, but this possibility is to announce a new stage of development in the mobile e-sports. Tencent - one of the biggest companies in the gaming industry and the e-sports.

"Supercell revenues grew from approximately EUR 100 million in 2012 to 2 billion euro in 2015."

If you have not heard of Supercell, then you have very little time spent in mobile games on your phone. According to the specialized marketing agency Superdata, Clash of Clans - one of the two most profitable projects in mobile games in the past two years. According to the Wall Street Journal of The the Journal, Supercell revenues grew from approximately EUR 100 million in 2012 to 2 billion in 2015. In 2013, SoftBank bought a 51% stake Supercell for $ 1.53 billion, and later brought these assets to 73%. These shares SoftBank and claims Tencent.

Tencent controls most of the assets in such companies of the gaming market, as the Riot Games (100%), Activision Blizzard and Epic Games (100%). And last year, Chinese investors have purchased minority packages of US companies Glu Mobile Inc. and Pocket Gems Inc. According to journalists The Wall Street Journal, "the appetites of Tencent can reach sizes of up to $ 4 billion."

Mobile game Clash Royale

Since then, as the Finnish developers added to the game Clash Royale tournament's mod, it should be considered as eSports. And soon it was confirmed for the tournament organized Supercell Helsinki mid-April. This tournament impressed many experts with the scope and quality of the hosting: a huge stage show, the work of analysts, infrastructure show tournament. Without a doubt, will take this deal or not, the game Clash Royale expect a splendid future of eSports.

Yuri Donchenko