Tencent Seemingly Plans on Porting More Games to Nintendo Switch

Tencent recently posted a job listing for a developer experienced in porting games to the Nintendo Switch. | Credit: Reuters/Pei Li

Massive Chinese conglomerate Tencent may be planning on bringing more of its games to the Nintendo Switch if an advert recently posted by the company is anything to go by. The job posting was made on the Tencent Careers page and seems to be seeking a developer who can help port games to the Nintendo Switch platform.

The posting has given rise to the idea that Tencent could be looking at bringing more of its games to the Switch after their recent porting of their Moba game Arena of Valor. As owners of Riot Games, as well as having partial stakes in numerous other gaming companies, it is possible that we could see games like League of Legends or Riot’s newly announced Legends of Runeterra making their way to the platform soon.

At a recent joint press conference, Nintendo and Tencent announced they would be working together to bring the Switch to China. | Source: Nintendo

As well as porting their games to the platform, it was recently announced that Tencent would be working with Nintendo to bring the Switch to China officially. After a home console ban which lasted for 13 years (from 2000 to 2013), the home console market in China has grown to a massive size, making the release of the Switch in China a smart move for both Tencent and Nintendo.

While it is not yet clear which games Tencent plans on bringing to the Switch, they do own partial stakes in a large number of companies from Fortnite creator Epic Games to monolithic companies such as Ubisoft. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that some sort of deal could be struck to port something that Tencent didn’t even make to the Switch, although it is much more likely that they will exploit their recently acquired majority stake in mobile game developer Supercell.

Only time will tell which game from their rapidly growing lineup will make its way to the Nintendo Switch. Possibly we could even see Call of Duty: Mobile, which hit 100 million downloads in its first week, come to the console since it was developed by Tencent subsidiary TiMi Studios.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:13 PM

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