Tencent and Sony buy 30% of FromSoftware for $259.5 million

Sony and Tencent have purchased 30% of FromSoftware stock for $259.5 million, and FromSoftware will use this funding to self-publish its own new games.

Tencent and Sony buy 30% of FromSoftware for $259.5 million
Published Sep 4, 2022 5:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Sep 27 2022 10:25 PM CDT
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Sony and Tencent have made strategic investments in one of the most lauded Japanese video game developers on the planet.

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FromSoftware is one of the most unique studios in gaming. The team, led by Hideaki Miyazaki, is renowned and infamous for the punishing Dark Souls and Bloodborne games--a series that's been so transformational that it has created its own "Soulsborne" genre. FromSoftware just released their most popular game ever with Elden Ring, which has amassed 16.6 million sales, and the team is now gearing up for big new projects like a new Armored Core title.

The studio has larger ambitions, though, and it needs more funding to reach them. That's why FromSoftware owner Kadokawa Group has allowed FromSoft to directly sell its shares in exchange for funding. Sony and Tencent have bought a combined stake of 30% (Sony bought 1,476 shares for $120.47 million equating to 14.09% of total shares, and Tencent bought 1,703 shares for $138.97 million equating to 16.25% of total shares).

In a press release, Kadowkawa says that FromSoft will use the funding to self-publish its games and to help bolster dev of new projects.

"For strengthening FromSoftware's capabilities to create and develop game IP, and for establishing a framework that allows expansion of the scope of FromSoftware's own publishing in the global market."

Sony Interactive Entertainment has had a long-lasting relationship with FromSoftware, and published the PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne in 2015. It appears FromSoftware wants to cut ties with external publishers so it can keep all the revenues generated from game sales; Bandai Namco, the publisher for Elden Ring, has enjoyed strong digital game sales growth from the success of FromSoftware's latest RPG hit.

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