Chinese Games Expand West
The Tencent North American studio is going to be focusing on growing in the near future, with veteran game designer Scott Warner heading up TiMi Studios' Los Angeles Branch according to a press release.
Tencent has been aggressively expanding its video game portfolio by investing heavily in various studios and game-related services. The company has investments in Blizzard Entertainment, Epic Games, Snapchat, and countless other businesses.
It has its own homegrown studios that it directly owns as well. TiMi Studios has created a wide variety of games that have gained massive popularity in China including Honor of Kings, Arena of Valor, CrossFire: Legends, and, most recently, Call of Duty: Mobile. Now, the studio is set to expand with an experienced game designer taking charge of its new Californian branch.
What Games Has the Tencent North American studio Head Worked On?
TiMi's Los Angeles location will now be headed up by Scott Warner, a game designer, and developer with more than two decades of experience. You might not have heard of him before, but you'll surely know at least one or two of the games he's worked on.
Warner's career began with a three-year stint at Black Isle Studios where he was a Game Designer for Icewind Dale and Planescape: Torment, two games based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. From there, he moved to Pandemic studios for eight years where he worked on Full Spectrum Warrior and the first two Mercenaries games.
That's certainly impressive enough, but his experience doesn't end there. Scott Warner then put some time in at 343 Industries to work on Halo 4 as Design Director before moving to Electronic Arts to serve as Game Director for Battlefield Hardline and several unannounced Star Wars projects. After that, he acted as Design Lead at Oculus VR for just over a year before putting in a stint at Ubisoft working at a game that is still yet to be announced.
We can't say for sure what TiMi Studios will be doing, but Scott Warner has a heck of a lot of experience with first-person shooters, CRPGs, and VR. The possibilities are sure to be interesting with him heading up the Tencent North American studio.
What do you think of Scott Warner taking the lead for TiMi Studios in Los Angeles? What sort of games do you think they'll make? Let us know in the comments below!