Liverpool game and animation studio Milky Tea is to expand after receiving investment from Chinese internet services provider Tencent Holdings Limited.

The news follows the launch of Milky Tea’s new game, HyperBrawl Tournament, a ‘brutally fast paced and intense sports combat title’.

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Milky Tea has been focusing on developing its own gaming intellectual property for the past three years. With the new partnership, it plans to further expand its team in Liverpool, scale up the development of HyperBrawl Tournament and develop new PC and console IPs over the coming years.

Founder and MD Jonathan Holmes said: “This partnership marks a turning-point in Milky Tea’s history. The scale of it really hasn’t hit home just yet, but we are all really proud to be part of the Tencent family and we couldn’t ask for better partners.

“Everyone at Tencent has gone above and beyond our expectations to make this happen and from a personal point of view, it’s a dream come true. It allows us as a team to focus on making the kind of high quality games that we’ve always dreamed of making.

“My ambition is to turn Milky Tea into a mini MTV meets Pixar of the Video Gaming World. The hard work starts now, as we take the studio onto the next level – our best work is definitely yet to come.

“With Tencent supporting us, it’s like the studio just got some rocket fuel!”