Tencent buys into Frontier, recruits Batman to give its MOBA western appeal

    
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Two MMO forces are now bound together in will and purpose — or at least in stocks and finances.

Tencent, the world’s biggest games publisher by revenue, recently purchased 9% of Frontier Development’s stock in a transaction that topped $23 million. The Elite: Dangerous developer said that the sale of the 3.37 million shares will be used to invest in growth and increase its cash reserves.

So what’s Tencent’s next move in world domination? The Chinese company is heavily revising its popular mobile MOBA, Honour of Kings, in order to appeal more to western sensibilities and giving it a new name, currently Arena of Valor. Additionally, the company has signed a deal with DC Comics to bring in (why not) Batman and the Joker as playable characters.

The MOBA has drawn the ire of the Chinese government, but even so, it’s amassed 55 million daily players and looks poised for global success.

Source: Games Industry, Quartz. Thanks Cotic!

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kody

Frontier is worth over $200MM? Now we’re really getting close to a bubble.

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MrSaxon

Why is the Youtube comments for that video flooded with people asking for it to be released in Brazil? Is Brazil the MOBA capital of the world or do they just love Batman there?

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Bruno Brito

Because LoL is a cancer but it’s addictive as hell, and people want to play in their phones, i guess.

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Vardalaka

Yes, MOBAs are popular there. They love free games too. Also, Brazil is a huge country and very social and patriotic, to the extent that they usually go asking “Any BRs around?” (brazilians) in every site that they use and once that they start banding together comments just keep coming and coming. They’re pretty united.

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Bruno Brito

United is a strong word.

We just don’t like other people.

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Sally Bowls

So this values Frontier at a quarter of a billion dollars. I am not interested in MOBAville, but am glad that ED is getting some extra resources.

P.S. You are a tough grader Justin. I would tend to consider any game with 55,000,000 as having achieved rather than poised for success.

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McGuffn

Wondered for a second how Batman made it look more like a Western. You know with horses and saloons and stagecoaches. But I figured it out.

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Sally Bowls

Duh, because Batman is Adam West!

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agemyth ?

Honour of Kings -> Arena of Valor

It takes human brains to think these bland names up?

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Armsbend

I’m sure the Chinese are just stalling MOBA developers until they can properly steal every idea and piece of code they can from the more successful ones. The Chinee Way.

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Sally Bowls

Using just a checkbook, the new Chinese way, Ten Cent has owned the largest MOBA since ’11. If you own Riot, not sure how much you can learn from the also rans. Although, more is always more.

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Tobasco da Gama

Ah, yes, because putting DC characters into a MOBA is a sure path to success.

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Vardalaka

Batman and Joker are very popular. Also, in MOBAs people love to have a lot of characters, even if it gets to a point that you end up never using some of them that much. Of course they don’t necessarily like comics but they love quantity and variety. These games end up with all types of characters that there isn’t really a thematic around but mere gameplay focus. It should be ok if they just add those from DC, more could certainly make it awkward.