Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent is set to increase its overseas games investments.
That's according to the FT, which reports that the Chinese behemoth is primarily interested in European studios. Unsurprisingly, this is due to the more stringent business environment it is experiencing in its native China.
This news comes in the wake of Tencent slightly reigning in its investment strategy, which has left it without a blockbuster in its stable.
“We weren’t aggressive in our capital deployment towards the end of last year given macroeconomic uncertainty in Europe and the political situation with the US,” one source told the FT.
There is some anxiety over whether this overseas investment will result in greater regulatory oversight.
“It’s only a matter of time before regulators begin reviewing and scrutinising overseas investment portfolios,” a Tencent source said.
While Tencent has historically been no stranger to the games industry outside of China, historically it has preferred to invest in developers and publishers rather than outright buying them. There are exceptions, of course, such as League of Legends maker Riot Games.
Tencent isn't the only company to feel the pressure to expand outside its native China. Games rival NetEase has set up a number of studios in the United States, Europe and Japan in the last few years.