President Trump has issued a pair of executive orders to ban transactions with TikTok and WeChat, the latter of which is owned by Tencent, a company with a huge presence in games. It’s unclear as of yet what this could mean for various game publishers in the US, but there’s a possibility that they will be impacted.
For the full scope of these orders, visit our sister site CNET, which has an extensive breakdown of all the details. This article will focus on Tencent’s role, and what this might mean for the company.
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The executive order seeks to ban WeChat in the US within 45 days, as it “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users,” which “threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information”.