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Tencent could be lining up to buy Supercell - at a $9bn valuation

World's biggest games company in talks with Softbank to purchase 73% share, say reports

Supercell's majority owner SoftBank, long rumoured to be preparing to sell its 73.2% share in the developer, is reportedly in negotiation with Tencent.

Tencent, already the world's biggest games company, could pay a price for the shares which would value the company at over $9 billion, according to sources at Reuters. If so, the price would be hugely in excess of the $5 billion previously estimated and the $5.5 billion valuation established by SoftBank itself in 2015.

Various news sources have reported that Tencent is in talks with a number of funds and investors with regard to putting together a conglomerate to fund the purchase, including Hillhouse Capital Group. Tencent already owns League of Legend developer Riot and has a majority share in Epic and a minority stake in Activision Blizzard.

SoftBank itself is currently attempting to ameliorate some debt with a number of sales, including the return of $680 million worth of stock to GungHo.

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Casey Anderson Game Data Analyst, Big Fish GamesA year ago
I'm not surprised given the success of Clash Royal, it shows they have the ability to keep innovating and keep that $1bn a year profit engine running, if not also growing.
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