This is a weird article to write, but a representative for Bohemia Interactive reached out to me this morning, in response to rumors spread by other websites, where they stated that Bohemia Interactive had been acquired by Tencent and had ceased to be an independent studio.
Per the information shared with me, Bohemia Interactive has NOT been purchased by Tencent, and they remain 100% independent, as they’ve always been. The CEO of the company has also issued a statement, which I’ve reproduced below:
I just wanted to let you know that the information circulated by various major media sources about Bohemia Interactive acquired by Tencent is not true. We were talking to numerous potential partners in the past about possible strategic cooperation and we may do so in the future as well but as of now, we remain an independent studio.
P.S.: I am just an old man working on games for more than 30 years of my life. But the valuation circulated in the media sounds tempting. Maybe I should think about my retirement plans after all now? Any better offers?
Anyway, I guess in the meantime I should get back to work to help our Team Bohemia to continue work on our existing and future games. And last but not least, I want to thank this amazing community for the support over the years. Without you, Arma, DayZ and Bohemia Interactive could never achieve this major success in the world of games.
Bohemia Interactive CEO Marek Španěl