Klei Entertainment has made a name for itself as one of the most versatile and excellent indie developers out there. With games like Do not Starve, Mark of the Ninja, Oxygen Not Included, and most recently Griftlands in the back it is not strange.
However, Klei is no longer an indie studio. The gaming giant Tencent has bought a majority share of the studio. Clay founder Jamie Cheng, however, is keen to point out that this will not affect their creative process.
– Klei will continue to be creatively independent in all aspects of the studio […] I will continue to manage the studio as before, without any changes in staff, projects, or other aspects of our work.
The reason that Klei has teamed up with Tencent is that they have already worked together to take Do not Starve Together to China. It will also “help us navigate a changing industry and help us focus on what we do best: create unique experiences that no one else can.”