However, sources inside Supercell revealed that the company was already valued at US$5.25 billion as of last year so people can do the math and figure out how much stake Softbank actually has on the company.
It seems that another upgrade or update is about to come not in the game again per se but on the ownership of Supercell as there are reports stating that Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd. is currently in talks with SoftBank Group Corp to buy its share with Supercell.
While the negotiations between Tencent and SoftBank are still in its early stages, the possibility of the Japanese telecommunications company giving up the majority of its share in the Finnish game development company is reportedly high.
Last year, Chinese online game developer Giant Interactive Group also collaborated with Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. and held talks with SoftBank and Supercell over a possible acquisition deal. But it seems the negotiations got into a stalemate because the parties were not able to agree on the price.
Tencent President Martin Lau and Chief Strategy Officer James Mitchell reportedly flew to Helsinki in Finland just to convince Supercell’s founders to support a sale. However, the Supercell’s founders reportedly preferred to keep the company under the management of SoftBank because the Japanese firm has reportedly given them complete autonomy despite their limited ownership.