Techland has announced that Tencent, the Chinese tech conglomerate and holding company, is currently in the process of becoming its biggest shareholder. The news was shared today by Techland CEO Paweł Marchewka, who delivered a letter to gamers clarifying that the company will retain full ownership of its IPs, maintain creative freedom, and continue to operate the way that it “believes is right” despite the partnership. Techland is best known for its Dying Light games, as well as the original Dead Island, which released in 2011.
I want to share some really exciting news that will mark the start of a new chapter of Techland’s history.
Techland has been a huge part of my life for more than 30 years now and it is something I truly cherish.
Techland is our games, the amazing team behind them, and you, the people playing these games. You’re the reason why we’re making them.
Whenever I think about the future of Techland, I want the best for our games, the team, and you. And while I am very proud of our achievements as an independent studio over all these years, I believe the best is yet to come.
We dream of turning Dying Light into the ultimate zombie game experience for players worldwide, providing you with multiple astonishing adventures and pushing the boundaries of solo and online modes to a totally new level.
Our open world action-RPG in a fantasy setting is already shaping up to become something truly special, and the goal here is to make sure it will live up to the expectations for our first new IP in almost a decade.
Can we make these dreams come true? Yes, we can. But what we realized is that the best, boldest dreams can only be achieved while working side-by-side with like-minded friends and strong partners, who share the same vision, passion, and have the willingness to back it up with their knowledge, experience, and capabilities.
Today I am happy to announce the partnership with Tencent who are in the process of becoming Techland’s majority shareholder.
Teaming up with Tencent will allow us to move full speed ahead with the execution of the vision for our games. We have chosen an ally who has already partnered with some of the world’s finest video game companies and helped them reach new heights while respecting their ways of doing things.
We will retain full ownership of our IPs, maintain creative freedom, and continue to operate the way we believe is right. I’m also going to continue serving as the studio’s CEO.
I couldn’t be happier about us making this giant step ahead toward the future and sharing this moment with you.
Thank you for being with us on this journey, playing our games, and being an endless source of inspiration and positive energy that keeps us moving forward. The best memories are still ahead of us!