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Clash of Clans maker Supercell could be bought by China web giant Tencent, report says

The Finnish mobile game maker would be valued at $9 billion, according to a report in the New York Times.

Supercell, maker of the smash-hit mobile strategy game Clash of Clans, could soon be snapped up by a Chinese internet behemoth, according to new reports.

Web giant Tencent is close to a deal to buy Supercell, which also makes Boom Beach and farming sim Hay Day, according to the New York Times, which cites a "person briefed on the matter".

The deal could see Finnish Supercell valued at over $9 billion, the report says. Japanese company Softbank currently owns over 70 percent of Supercell and it's thought a potential deal with Tencent would see that stake bought out, with Supercell's founders remaining at the company.

Supercell did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tencent declined to comment.