Supercell – Tencent paying over USD 8 billion to become majority shareholder

[Press Release] After weeks of speculation, Tencent today confirmed it has bought out all of Japanese company Softbank’s shares in Finnish mobile games developer, Supercell. The whole deal will cost Tencent a massive USD 8.57 billion for a majority stake “up to 84%”. The sum might seem like a “cheap” deal, and it is due to Softbank currently marred with heavy debt and anxious to sell out.

Update: The CEO of Supercell, Ilkka Paananen, has written a blog post about the deal with Tencent here –

Tencent and Supercell CEOs