Creators of Dread Hunger – New Zealand-based studio, Digital Confectioners, received a minority investment from Tencent, a world-leading technology company.
James Tan, Director at Digital Confectioners, is proud that more than a decade’s hard work has finally paid off.
“Our earlier success with Depth got us a foot in the door. Then our success with Dread Hunger really just proved what we’re capable of,” says Tan.
The studio’s latest release, Dread Hunger, is a multiplayer game of survival and betrayal.
Set in the 1840s, eight explorers seek safe passage through the Canadian Arctic, while two traitors work to sabotage the expedition by any means necessary.
The game reached number two on the Steam Global Top Sellers earlier this year, sitting there for two months while selling more than one million copies. Peak concurrent players for the game are more than 100,000 – making it one of the top 15 most played games on Steam.
Tan says this investment “will not change how the company operates”, but will “create a partnership, helping Digital Confectioners to achieve newer heights”.
“Tencent provided us with insights into the China market and how Dread Hunger hit the mark with players seeking a higher skill-cap gameplay compared to other social deception titles,
“We’re excited to see where this takes us and what it can enable us to do in future.
“It’s a huge step forward – allowing us to work on two new projects, as well as explore ways for the company to grow and evolve.”
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