Back on November 27th, 2019, we reported on Kenichiro (better known as Ken) Imaizumi leaving Kojima Productions. Although the reasons for Imaizumi’s departure from the company remain unknown to this day, he has joined up with Tencent to help the Chinese mega-corporation further its operations in Europe by identifying investment opportunities and expanding WeChat.
Rumors have it that Imaizumi left Kojima Productions over disputes and not seeing eye-to-eye with other directors at Kojima’s studio. Although the rumors remain unverified, Imaizumi declines to elaborate on his departure even when multiple publication sites try to reach out to him.
And speaking of Imaizumi and publication sites, website videogameschronicle.com notes that he left Kojima Productions to team up with Tencent.
As mentioned above, Imaizumi has joined Tencent Europe. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Imaizumi is tasked with recognizing investment opportunities in said region while growing the presence of WeChat.
As per the website, Tencent is Asia’s second-biggest company by market value ($490 billion) and has invested in more than 800 companies. Here’s the current list of known companies that Tencent has a stake in as of 2020:
- Riot Games – 100%
- Sharkmob – 100%
- Supercell – 84.3%
- Grinding Gear Games – 80%
- Epic Games – 40%
- Fatshark – 36%
- Stunlock Studios – 31%
- Funcom – 29%
- Kakao – 13.5%
- Bluehole – 11.5%
- Sumo Group and Sumo Digital – 10%
- Frontier Developments – 9%
- Ubisoft – 5%
- Activision Blizzard – 5%
- Paradox Interactive – 5%
- Yager – ?%
Moreover, as for titles that Imaizumi has worked on consists of every Metal Gear Solid title since Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Additionally, he was also the producer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Before Imaizumi walked away from Kojima Productions, he would appear at different gatherings and was a common face at Kojima Productions’ public events and on social media. But, right before he departed from the company, he did not appear at Hideo Kojima’s promotional world tour for Death Stranding.
Whether or not Imaizumi couldn’t see eye-to-eye with the directors at Kojima Productions remains unclear, but what is for certain is that he now works at Tencent.