The Stream Team: Let’s talk Path of Exile’s buyout by Tencent

So, happy Monday! Many of us have started our week with the news that Tencent bought out Path of Exile. Some folks are congratulatory, but many players are quite concerned about what this will mean for their favorite title. Will this herald the end of one of the best payment models? Or will a cash influx help the game just be more awesome? Massively OP’s MJ wants to discuss the issue, so join us live at 9:00 p.m. to share your thoughts.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21st, 2018

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Having ArcheAge in the list might fire up some of the concerns over pay-to-win, but so far I don’t see any direct evidence that Tencent has a hand in mechanics like that. Hopefully it is just as GGG says and they will be left to make the game as they always have.

And hey, at least GGG was bought by a group with actual ties to the game industry as opposed to some shady financial group. Right?

Sally Bowls

Two additional areas of their influence:

1) Partial investments, e.g. ATVI (last I heard Bluehole was still partial)

2) publisher in China. There are “complications” with selling in China. And I think a Chinese company needs to be involved. So even if TenCent does not own you, if they are one of the bigger/better gatekeepers to the world’s largest gaming market, then they can profit off of game companies that they don’t own.

Chosenxeno .

This is…THE END!

PlayCator .

Yeah that’s what I’m worried about.