TOKYO -- Concerns are growing about funding for Chinese startups as Tencent Holdings -- by far the biggest source of capital for these companies -- moves to tackle falling profits with a shift from maturing consumer markets to servicing businesses.
The operator of the WeChat social media network announced this weekend its first restructuring in six years, consolidating content businesses and creating a new division to provide services for corporate clients in areas such as cloud computing. The move comes after the group announced in August its first year-on-year quarterly profit drop in more than a decade. Tencent shares plummeted following a government crackdown on video games, the group's main revenue generator.
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