In a press release from Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot said the 50 per cent stake "further reinforces Ubisoft’s core shareholding around its founders and provides the company with the stability essential for its long-term development.”
Earlier this year Tencent acquired a small percent stake in the publisher of Assassin's Creed and Just Dance, but said it wanted more.
Tencent president Martin Lao said: "Ubisoft has shown an impressive ability to consistently create world-class entertainment that include some of the most successful franchises in the industry."
Tencent is providing Ubisoft with a "long-term unsecured loan" to refinance its debt. Additionally, it'll be releasing several Ubisoft PC games in China, along with covering the development costs of its mobile titles.
Ubisoft gets to remain independent at least for now. This might be a little problematic as the company is still in trouble with its workforce. A group called Better Ubisoft, which was following multiple reports of the publisher's culture of harassment and misconduct seems set to feed the management to the crabs. It gave a list of demands which Ubisoft ignored, so Tencent might find itself in the middle of a labour dispute.