Game News One of the co-developers of Halo, Minecraft and Fallout, bought by the Chinese giant NetEase

One of Halo’s co-developers, Minecraft and Fallout, acquired by the Chinese giant NetEase

It’s 2023, the acquisition season has officially started! The company opening the ball this year is NetEase, the Chinese video game giant. The group has set its sights on a Canadian developer known for her services on Halo Infinite, Fallout 76, and Minecraft.

NetEase grows with the purchase of SkyBox Labs

Founded in 2011 in Canada, SkyBox Labs, Vancouver’s fastest growing video game studio, as stated in its official Web siteThe Chinese company NetEase, the second largest video game company in China (behind Tencent), has just given in to the advances of the Chinese group. Although the studio is not known to the general public, it has worked with large publishers such as Microsoft and Electronic Arts.. He has co-developed Halo Infinite, has been involved in the development of Fallout 76, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, and works on various Minecraft projects.

With this new acquisition, NetEase continues its international expansion started two years ago and is inspired by what Tencent does in its way of doing things. It must be recognized that the restrictions of the Chinese market are increasingly pushing these gaming giants to target less sclerotic territories. Last year, the company bought the French development studio Quantic Dream.

One of the co-developers of Halo, Minecraft and Fallout, acquired by the Chinese giant NetEaseChinese giant NetEase buys one of the co-developers of Halo, Minecraft and Fallout

Independence and associations

So what will this acquisition change for us gamers? Not much, if we are to believe the official press release. Just like it happened with Quantic Dream, NetEase promises not to interfere in editorial decisions. The Chinese company promised that it would support the new member of its family with “its resources and execution capabilities“to maintain”the quality of work the studio is known for«. NetEase also stated that the study “It will continue to operate independently, working closely with existing and new partners to pursue creative opportunities and co-develop titles for PC and consoles.«. Simon Zhu, president of global investment and partnerships at NetEase, concludes: “We are delighted to welcome SkyBox Labs to the NetEase Games family and are committed to creating an environment that allows them to thrive and operate independently as a game studio.”«.

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