Earlier today, a Chinese company called Tencent bought Supercell for 10 billion dollars. What does this mean for the future of Clash Royale?
To put it simply, most likely nothing. Supercell already has a working business model. Why change something that works? Tencent should and probably will simply sit back and let supercell do their thing. They did it before with Riot Games (yes, they bought Riot Games back when it wasn’t popular), and it worked out extremely well for them. Supercell has proven that they do infact know what their doing, and trying to change things wouldn’t benefit in any way for Tencent (Monetarily speaking).
If you aren’t aware, Tencent is a multi-billion dollar Telemarketing company. They have a track record with investing/buying video game companies, including large stakes in Blizzard, Riot Games, Gear of War, and now Supercell. With this purchase of Supercell, they now own many popular mobile games including Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Hay Day, and Boom Beach.
However, this purchase does have a significance. This is the largest purchase of a mobile app company ever, and a bold move by Tencent. What this means is that the mobile app market is finally getting recognition for being a real market. We saw this with video games. Most people said “No way they will make a lot of money with this silly thing”. Obviously that has been proven incorrect, and we are beginning to see the same thing for mobile games as well.
Supercell currently nets about a 1 billion dollars a year, and has seen consistent growth throughout the years. Hopefully they can continue to do so under Tencent.