Multiple news outlets have received a statement from someone claiming to represent Wizards of the Coast which denies any intention to sell off Dungeons & Dragons.
As previously reported, rumors were circulating that Hasbro might be trying to offload the IP for an injection of cash to the company. These rumors stemmed from a Chinese news site and rapidly spread once English news sites began to cover it.
In their statement, the representative doesn’t deny that Hasbro has a close and multi-faceted relationship with Tencent, saying:
“We regularly talk to Tencent and enjoy multiple partnerships with them across a number of our IPs. We don’t make a habit of commenting on internet rumors, but to be clear: we are not looking to sell our D&D IP. We will keep talking to partners about how we bring the best digital experiences to our fans. We won’t comment any further on speculation or rumors about potential M&A or licensing deals.”
Tencent is the Chinese conglomerate which owns Riot Games and is a stakeholder in dozens of other companies including Larian Studios, the developer of Baldur’s Gate 3.
Wizards of the Coast is celebrating 50 years of Dungeons & Dragons this year and appears to remain confident in the IP’s potential.