Chinese Internet giant Tencent is in talks with SoftBank to buy the Japanese telco giant's majority stake in Finnish game developer Supercell, reports World Street Journal. Finnish-based Supercell, best known for mobile game and global hit Clash of Clans, last year made in 2.3 billion revenue thanks to popularity of its free-to-play titles that sell virtual items within the game. SoftBank bought the firm for 1.53 billion in 2013 with a 51 percent stake, but raised it to 73 percent last year. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said the Finnish game firm was valued at 5.25 billion last year. Tencent, chosen by TechRepublic's Jason Hinter as one of seven Chinese companies that will shape the future tech industry, is a powerhouse in PC games and owns Riot Games, US game company maker of League of Legends, which is popular globally.
Clash Of Clans ' next update has long been rumored to feature a new game mode, and Supercell recently confirmed the news in a forum post revision. Those expecting an impending release date, however, won't be getting one anytime soon. The news arrives via a recent update to Supercell's update megathread. Studio moderator LachNessMeownster not only added Versus Battles to the patch's list of confirmed features but has also said the content won't arrive this week. It's promised that a full release is still planned to happen in May, but launch will apparently happen in the month's late days rather than its earlier ones.
This astonishing collection of photos shows the awe encompassing power and fury of supercell storms, which can rip through the landscape like an atom bomb. These supercells, monsoons, and thunderstorms - some a combination of all three - create a vision of the most raw and awesome forces of nature. The supercells can last up to ten hours and leave millions of dollars' worth of destruction in their wake as they pummel the landscape with hailstones the size of cricket balls. This astonishing collection of photos shows the awe encompassing power and fury of supercell storms, which can rip through the landscape like an atom bomb.
SoftBank Group Corp. is considering selling its stake in the Finnish gaming company Supercell Oy, according to people familiar with the matter. Supercell, which makes games for mobile phones including "Clash of Clans" and "Boom Beach," has held talks with potential strategic buyers based in China, the people said. The process is at an early stage and SoftBank may choose not to sell the stake, they said. A sale could value the whole of Supercell at more than 5 billion, one of the people said. SoftBank acquired a majority stake in the Helsinki-based developer for about 1.5 billion in 2013.
Clash Of Clans next update will release sometime soon, but Supercell has reiterated the patch isn't ready for sneak peeks. A new official forum thread does confirm, however, polishing is being conducted to get the content ready for release. The thread itself doesn't reveal much beyond fields for update status and sneak peek estimates. The former is listed as "polishing off," while the sneak peek radar simply reads "not next week." Below these timetables lies Supercell's quoted statement about the update from a few weeks back.