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Tencent nabs minority stake in Polish studio Gruby Entertainment

Gruby is currently working on a cyberpunk shooter called Deadlink.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

October 5, 2022

1 Min Read
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Tencent has purchased a minority equity stake in Polish studio Gruby Entertainment.

Founded in 2020 by a group of former People Can Fly developers, the studio is currently working on a cyberpunk hybrid FPS-roguelite called Deadlink that's slated to launch in early access on October 18, 2022.

According to Gruby CEO Grzegorz Michalak, Tencent's backing will allow the studio to continue expanding its team and the scope of its projects.

"Gruby Entertainment studio celebrates its second anniversary this month, and we cannot imagine a better acknowledgment of our work than maintaining a long-term relationship with one of the world’s most-significant and technologically oriented companies," added Michalak.

Gruby will reportedly maintain complete creative and operational autonomy following the investment, with Tencent committing to helping "enhance the growth" of the company and establish itself in the action game market.

This is the latest in a string of investments Tencent has made into European game companies, with the Chinese company having reportedly tweaked its M&A strategy to place a greater emphasis on sinking cash into companies outside of China. 

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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