comscore TikTok owner ByteDance acquires gaming studio to take on Tencent

ByteDance acquires popular gaming studio Moonton to take on Tencent

Moonton's acquisition will add a MOBA game to ByteDance's game list helping it compete with Tencent’s Honor of Kings and League of Legends.


ByteDance has acquired mobile gaming studio, Moonton, in a bid to further expand into its video games business. Moonton is a mobile gaming studio, which has developed games like Magic Rush and the Mobile Legends series for iOS and Android. The acquisition was led by ByteDance’s gaming arm Nuverse, which has developed games like Strike Royale, Portal Man and more. Also Read - TikTok rolls out comment dislike button for all users globally

ByteDance said that “Moonton is the perfect partner to help expand our gaming strategy in international markets.” According to a Reuters report citing two unnamed sources, Moonton has been valued at $4 billion. ByteDance has declined to comment on the value of the deal. Also Read - Apple iPhone 14 Pro gets new update to fix major camera issue

The report also stated that Yuan Jing, CEO of Moonton addressing his employees in an internal memo stated that Moonton will continue to operate independently after the acquisition and it will not be integrated into Nuverse. Also Read - Microsoft spots TikTok bug that could expose private videos of millions of users

ByteDance looking to strengthen its gaming division

The report further stated that Tencent was also in the running to acquire Moonton, but was unsuccessful in doing so. Apart from this, it is being speculated that ByteDance is looking to acquire other game studios also to take on Tencent.

Moonton’s acquisition will add a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game to ByteDance’s game list helping it compete with Tencent’s Honor of Kings and League of Legends, both of which are currently cash cows for the company. However, keep in mind that since 2017 both Tencent and Riot Games have filed multiple copyright infringement lawsuits against Moonton.

International push

Moonton’s Mobile Legends is extremely popular in Southeast Asia. To further its popularity, ByteDance could look to leverage its popular short video app Douyin in China and TikTok in international markets. The company could use its social media platform to promote games and attract users. This will help the company popularise the game in markets like China and the US, where Honor of Kings and League of Legends: Wild Rift are the dominant MOBA titles.

  • Published Date: March 24, 2021 8:50 PM IST
For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.