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Tencent Buys Back 4 Blood Developer Turtle Rock Studios

Once bitten, twice shy.

Chinese juggernaut Tencent has purchased Slamfire, the parent company of Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios. This means that the team will become part of the conglomerate, while retaining its “independent operations” in Lake Forest, California. The studio will continue to be fronted by co-founders Phil Robb and Chris Ashton, and the acquisition will have no impact on Back 4 Blood, which was published by Warner Bros.

“We are all looking forward to joining the Tencent family of studios,” Turtle Rock Studios president and general manager Steve Goldstein said in a press release. “Tencent’s outstanding partners, global reach, deep knowledge of gaming, and unprecedented support will help us create the kinds of ambitious games we dream of, while allowing us to retain our autonomy and independent spirit.”

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