Trump Administration Probes Riot, Epic About User Data

Tencent’s subsidiaries and partners are being examined by the US government.

By Fragnarok, Posted 18 Sep 2020

The Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States has been putting pressure on Tencent and its operations within America. This has now expanded into inquiries towards Riot Games and Epic Games regarding the security of American citizen’s user data. Tencent fully owns Riot Games, and has a 40% ownership of Epic, making them very strongly connected to the parent company.

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Earlier in August, a planned US ban on Tencent’s WeChat communicate app was announced to go into effect during September. During the initial announcement it was clarified that this would not extend to video games unless they directly required WeChat. Depending on how Riot and Epic respond and cooperate with the US government, there could be possible regulations applied to games like League of Legends and Fortnite. Other Tencent backed games include Clash of Clans and Path of Exiles, as well as minor stakes within Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft. There as been no announcement if those other studios have also been contacted by Trump’s cabinet.      

Kurtis Seid, NoobFeed

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Platform(s): PC
Publisher(s): Riot Games, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Garena
Developer(s): Riot Games
Genres: Role-Playing
Themes: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: 2009-10-27

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