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The potential move that has had the Warframe forums ablaze for a while has finally happened, but it appears that more than one player was involved in the acquisition.




There’s a lot of “parent company” jargon in the acquisition announcement but in the end it boils down to Multi-Dynamic Games Group Inc. and Perfect Online Holding Limited jointly acquiring 61% of the entire issued share capital of Digital Extremes Ltd.

Individually, Multi-Dynamic Games Group Inc. will hold 58% of the purchase and Perfect Online Holding Limited will hold the remaining 3%

For gamers that feared a PWI takeover of Warframe, this probably comes as “better than it could have been” news seeing as Perfect World holds a stake in the long term success of the space ninja title but doesn’t hold the tremendous sway some players feared would come with the acquisition. What may come as a bit of a surprise though is the other 58% ownership now resting with a company that is parented by a food company (Sumpo Food Holdings Limited.)

We’ll have to keep our eyes out for how/if this acquisition impacts both Warframe and the many other Digital Extreme products.

The full acquisition details can be found here.

(Special thanks to Dicecoldfire for the heads up!)

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. JA on November 14, 2014

    Perfectworld ruine Star Trek online too with that level cap increase, forcing people to join fleets drama to upgrade but also charging more money to upgrade ships we bought years ago has cause a near 600 members of a fleet to quit and set up an emulator. Sucks perfectworld ruins all its games and doesn’t learn what they did to ruin them. Oh well I sold my warframe account for a lot. I’m gone

  2. Jellopy on October 18, 2014

    PWI takes the reigns and you get minimum updates with a total pay to win conversion. This is why I don’t like major companies being able to monopolize in the gaming industry.

  3. Unmarked on October 18, 2014

    looks like warframe will be going to the shitter soon

  4. todoran on October 18, 2014

    bye warframe 1 year wasted to play u…. i quit!

  5. Zyx on October 17, 2014

    They needed a Chinese company to get it into China as the government restrictions on their citizens data is protected by a law in that the server with all the players details must be in China. If anything DE will just make more money, PWE has no creative control over the game whatsoever.

  6. hovsep56 on October 17, 2014

    i dont know why all the complaints about lockboxes they dont FORCE you to buy them they’re completly optional and you dont need it to progress the game

    • Sir on October 19, 2014

      then surely you haven’t played any PWE games then or Warframe itself.

    • Falcon146 on October 19, 2014

      PWE is known for messing up things. No updates for years and maintenance for months ask the Blacklight Retribution community ( almost everyone left even ZeroArmada ). Blacklight retribution was supposed to be a competition game like cs go but they messed up the whole thing. They probably going to change the whole way how people use to acquire gears and etc to make the game a p2w.

  7. Champions Online Player on October 16, 2014

    The publisher ruined Champions Online adding lucky boxes to , and made it had no expansion or improvement.
    This game will become more popular ($), or will die.

    • Champions Online Player on October 16, 2014

      Ps:”To” Typing error.

    • Bic Boi on October 17, 2014

      This much is true. I had played for a good year when Cryptic was just Cryptic. I have also since played for a couple months, stopping in early september. The game not only ran better back when PWE had nothing to do with it, but it also regularily got new content, updates, revamps and additions to the store that were not lockbox-centric. Cryptic cared.

      Unfortunately they got acquired by PWE. Ever since then the additions have been all based around lockboxes and gambles–no effort has been made to do any kind of content expansion beyond a couple of lazily made missions and a very poorly constructed “automaton” archetype given to max level characters in an effort to appease the masses. PWE has most certainly ruined Champions’ chances of expanding or recapturing any sort of audience. Instead PWE would prefer to milk it till it bleeds dry and then ditch the empty husk.

      Warframe being acquired by those very same people (PWE) is not something to be thrilled about.

  8. asdasdf on October 16, 2014

    so a company that knows nothing of mmos have a controlling interest and are free to do w/e they want

    GG

  9. Annonymouse on October 16, 2014

    Something interesting to note here is that you can see DE’s revenues and profits on the acquisition documents. A bit of insight into how profitable free 2 play actually is.

  10. Richard on October 16, 2014

    for the love of god no. not pwi and wtf is a food company doing with mmos? lol

  11. Annonymouse on October 16, 2014

    Lockbox prime coming to a Kubrow near you!

  12. DiceColdfire on October 16, 2014

    Well this is one of them sit and see things …. this could be bad or good for the game Really.

  13. perfect crap on October 16, 2014

    That shit company sux, generic asian mmos and nothing more, super bad news, de is good without these pokemons

    • EXE on October 16, 2014

      Read the article again.
      Basically PW only owns 3% of DE

      • Annonymouse on October 16, 2014

        And the company that owns the majority basically has no clue about video game development. Pretty sure PW will be running the show for them.

        • Richard on October 16, 2014

          for the love of god no…

  14. Bratwurst on October 16, 2014

    I nearly had a heart attack here… thank the Void.

    • Richard on October 16, 2014

      you may still be unlucky lol.

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