"We remain an independent studio."
DayZ and Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive has moved on to recent reports proving that Chinese conglomerate Tencent had bought a majority share of the studio.
News of & # 39; purchase first came on & # 39; new in a story of & # 39; & # 39; s website tech company The Information, which reported that Tencent had acquired a 70-80% stake in Bohemia Interactive for approximately $ 260 million USD, citing "a person familiar with the matter" as a source .
However, in a new statement released to print, a spokesman for Bohemia Interactive has refuted the claims of & # 39; the website. "The information in that article is wrong," they said, "Tencent has not bought any interest in Bohemia Interactive and it remains an independent studio."
Bohemia Interactive & # 39; s CEO Marek Španěl further elaborated on that statement in a message posted earlier today on the studio's forum.
"I just wanted to let you know that the information circulated by various major media sources about Bohemia Interactive purchased by Tencent is not true," wrote Španěl, "We have talked to several potential partners in the past about possible strategic cooperation and we may do so in the future, but as of now, we will remain an independent studio. "
"PS: I'm just an old man who's been working on games for more than 30 years of my life. But the appreciation circulating in the media sounds appealing," added Španěl cheekily, "Maybe now I would all have to think about my retirement plans? Any better offers? ".
Although Tencent may not have a current interest in Bohemia Interactive, the company continues to expand its presence within the gaming industry. In addition to being wholly owned by League of Legends developer Riot Games and Funcom, the company has stakes in the likes of Epic Games, Ubisoft, Activision Blizzard, Frontier Developments, and Paradox Interactive.
More recently, it made a capital investment in Bayonetta and Vanquish developer Platinum Games and acquired the publishing rights to System Shock 3.