Owen S. Good, reporting for Polygon:
The Trump administration wants to know more about U.S. video game
companies’ involvement with China’s Tencent Holdings, whose
relationships with American firms includes full ownership of Riot
Games, a significant minority stake in Epic Games, and publishing
deals with Activision Blizzard.
Bloomberg reported on Thursday that the Committee on Foreign
Investment in the United States (CFIUS) sent letters to Epic,
Riot, and others to ask about their protocols for securely
handling Americans’ personal information.
Tencent is the world’s largest video game vendor, but its U.S.
holdings are not limited to just that marketplace. It also has
stakes in Reddit, Discord, and Snapchat maker Snap Inc.
Epic Games, Activision, Reddit, Discord, Snap — that’s quite a portfolio of companies that, collectively, consume a lot of attention of younger Americans.