Tencent has reached out to us and provided an official statement on the issues raised by former games journalist and current Sony Santa Monica writer Alanah Pearce yesterday. We initially reported that the China-based company allegedly wanted â€œno Black peopleâ€ and â€œbigger titsâ€ in a movie that they were producing.
The official statement via email from Tencent’s communications advisor read:
The views attributed to Tencent by Alanah Pearce are contrary to our beliefs, culture and values. At this point they are also just rumors. But we do take the matter seriously, and if it turns out someone affiliated with Tencent did in fact make such a statement we will take appropriate action.
Alanah spilt the beans during an interview with The Serfs on Twitch. When asked about Microsoftâ€™s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, she said that a lot of people arenâ€™t aware of how problematic the environment is at Tencent.
She started by claiming that Tencent reportedly buys studios to replicate and steal their code for games, or forcing studios to give away their â€œsource codeâ€. She then continued by saying that she had a friend that told her about some of the other issues at the company.
â€œI have a friend who had a film that was offered to be made by Tencent â€” or funded by Tencent â€” and they were like â€˜no black peopleâ€™ and â€˜bigger tits.â€™ Like, a lot of rules that they have that I think also have had a hand in you know, some AAA games.â€
However, to avoid getting sued by Tencent, Alanah refrained from mentioning any specific movies or games. Itâ€™s hard to speculate what movie or games sheâ€™s actually talking about because Tencent owns a lot of studios and companies. However, recently Tencent Pictures was involved in movies likeÂ Top Gun Maverick,Â Moonfall,Â Venom Let There Be Carnage, andÂ Monster Hunter, to mention a few.
Could it have been one of those? Perhaps weâ€™ll never know. Weâ€™ll have to take what Alanah said with a grain of salt, considering that she heard all of this from a friend, so we have no verified source to confirm the allegations.
The response from Tencent was indeed a swift one and we applaud their response time. We do hope we could come to the bottom of this story rather sooner than later. We will update you once we have more on this.