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UK studio Lighthouse Games secures "game-changing" Tencent investment

The nascent studio hopes to become one of the UK's leading triple-A developers.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

July 5, 2023

1 Min Read
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Tencent has made an undisclosed investment into fledgling UK studio Lighthouse Games.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz and confirmed by the studio itself on Linkedin, Lighthouse intends to use the "game-changing" investment to become one of the leading triple-A studios in the UK.

"We are excited about the financial freedom and possibilities that lie ahead and look forward to sharing more updates on how this opportunity will drive innovation, encourage evolution, and create new avenues for growth over the coming months and years," said the company.

Lighthouse is currently working on what it claims will be a "new, genre-defining franchise."

The studio was formed earlier this year and is being led by Gavin Raeburn, a Playground Games veteran who worked at the Forza Horizon developer for over a decade.

During his time at Playground, Raeburn served as studio director and shipped multiple entries in the Horizon series.

Speaking about his ambitions for Lighthouse earlier this year, Raeburn said he wants to "build something truly special" that will perhaps be able deliver the same sort of success as the popular Xbox racing series.

"With [Forza] Horizon, Playground and I created one of the most successful Xbox franchises of all time. We delivered significant commercial success year after year," he said. "That DNA is now at Lighthouse."

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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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