The Chinese media Pandaily claimed that both companies were in negotiations over the brand. If it had been true, it would have been one of the big bombs of the beginning of 2024 and a possible revolution for the RPG most famous in the world. And the Chinese media Pandaily noted on January 31 that Hasbro was in direct negotiations with Tencent to sell the rights to Dungeons & Dragons.
The information indicated that the company was seeking to “acquire a series of rights, including adaptation rights for electronic games” and all this based on information provided by the economic consultant of Snow Leopard Financial Group, which claims to have links with the Chinese brand. It must be taken into account that Tencent owns 30% of Larian Studios creators of Baldur’s Gate 3, but does not own the studio itself or the intellectual property of the Divinity franchise.
Given such a commotion caused by the news, Wizards of the Coast has finally contacted several media outlets to issue a statement that reads like this.
“We speak regularly with Tencent and enjoy multiple partnerships with them on several of our IPs. We are not in the habit of commenting on internet rumors, but to be clear: we are not looking to sell our D&D IP. We will continue to talk with partners about how we provide the best digital experiences to our fans. We will not be commenting further on speculation or rumors regarding possible mergers and acquisitions or licensing agreements.”
Tencent and Wizards of the Coast may have had talks, but it is clear that It hasn’t been about this matter in any way. The two entities have already collaborated in the past, as MGT Arena came to China thanks to Tencent’s participation in the project.