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Tencent and Square Enix team up with global gaming ambitions

WeChat operator seeks new pastures as China cracks down on video games

Esports players compete at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Organized video game tournaments are becoming increasingly popular around the world.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's Tencent Holdings is launching a strategic partnership with Square Enix Holdings, maker of the "Final Fantasy" series, in order to strengthen its international presence to counter a damaging crackdown on video games at home.

Tencent, which operates the popular WeChat messaging app, will now market and sell Square Enix's games in China, the Japanese company announced Thursday.

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