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Improbable sells Inflexion Games to Tencent

Date Type Companies involved Size
February 23rd, 2022 acquisition Improbable
Tencent
Not disclosed
Improbable sells Inflexion Games to Tencent

Cloud games firm Improbable has sold its Edmonton games studio to Tencent.

No figure was put on the deal, which sees Inflexion Games - formerly Improbable Edmonton - become part of the Chinese tech and entertainment giant. This is part of Improbable's move into doubling down on the metaverse.

Back in September 2018, Improbable set up this studio with BioWare vet Aaryn Flynn (pictured) at the helm. We caught up with the man himself at GDC 2019 to see what kind of experience he was going to be creating with Improbable's SpatialOS tech.

“It’s a privilege to work with the Tencent family,” Flynn said.

“The depth of knowledge and expertise that Tencent’s global teams provide, and their empowerment of our team’s independence and creative spirit, offer an invaluable opportunity for collaboration. We look forward to working together on Nightingale’s Early Access launch later this year.”

Tencent Games' VP of partnerships Pete Smith added: “The highly talented team at Inflexion Games has a proven track record of developing engaging universes that combine compelling action with great gameplay. The initial reaction to Nightingale has been incredibly positive and we look forward to supporting Inflexion in realising its vision for this and future titles."

Improbable and Tencent have previously partnered on the company's launch in China.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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