Tencent takes 29% stake in computer games maker Funcom

A sticker featuring the logo of Tencent Holdings Ltd. is seen during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

China’s Tencent Holding Ltd has agreed to buy a 29% stake in Oslo-listed computer games developer Funcom, becoming the biggest shareholder, Funcom said on Monday.

Tencent, itself a major distributor of online games, bought the shares from KGJ Capital AS at a 21.8% premium over Friday’s closing price, valuing Funcom at 1.22 billion Norwegian crowns ($134.33 million).

Based in the Netherlands, Funcom is the developer of a range of online games, including adaptations of the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ franchise.

“The insight, experience and knowledge that Tencent will bring is of great value to us and we look forward to working closely with them,” Funcom Chief Executive Rui Casais said in a statement.

Funcom’s shares rose by 23% in early trade, hitting a 10-week high of 15.95 Norwegian crowns.

Reuters