Tencent becomes the majority shareholder of Dying Light studio Techland

Techland will retain full ownership of their IPs, and maintain creative freedom.

The Polish video game developer and publisher Techland announced that Chinese giant Tencent to become its majority shareholder. Techland is very well known in the gaming space with hit games Dying Light and Dead Island.

The announcement came via a blog post by Techland’s CEO Pawel Marchewka, saying, “Today I am happy to announce the partnership with Tencent, who are in the process of becoming Techland’s majority shareholder.”

Marchewka said:

“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.”

Techland was founded by Pawel Marchewka in 1991. The company’s two hit IPs, Dying Light and Dead Island. The zombie apocalypse survival game Dying Light 2 Stay Human, the successful sequel to the original game, had passed 30 million sales in February 2023. Dead Island 2, another successful sequel, sold over 1 million copies in just three days.

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