KongZhong Corporation Announces Strategic Investment in Ourgame International Holdings Limited
BEIJING, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — KongZhong Corporation (NASDAQ: KONG), a leading digital entertainment company in China, today announced it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire a minority interest in Ourgame International Holdings Limited (“Ourgame” also known as “LianZhong”) for a total consideration of RMB 100.0 mn in cash (equivalent to roughly US$ 16.5 mn at current exchange rates). The board of directors of the Company has approved the transaction, which is set to close before the end of February 2014.
Ourgame is one of the earliest and most popular providers of Internet-based casual board and card games in China. It has developed and currently operates over 300 board and card games with cross-platform support for PC and mobile. Through this strategic investment, Ourgame will accelerate its strategy of being a leader in casual board and card games in the China market, increase its plans to develop and promote 20-30 additional new products in the near future, and expand and enhance its platform offerings to the browser-based and mobile games market.
Over the past few years, Ourgame has significantly expanded their casual PC game presence to mobile with the success of its Dou Dizhu application on Android in China, especially card-based mobile games. Ourgame’s Dou Dizhu application had over 40.0 mn downloads is one of the most popular card games in the China smartphone market. In addition, Ourgame has a number of other card games in its mobile game portfolio including Poker World, Texas Hold’em, etc..
Board and Card games is one of the earliest and most popular game genres to first develop on the PC and more recently on mobile. Based on The 29(th) China Internet Network Development State Statistic Report conducted by China Internet Network Information Centre (“CNNIC”), the number Internet board and card game users in China reached 259.0 mn, making up 80% of all game users in China.
Through this strategic investment, KONG and Ourgame will seek to pursue co-development, co-marketing and co-distribution synergies through their respective smartphone and PC game businesses.
KongZhong (NASDAQ:KONG), listed in Nasdaq in 2004, is one of the leading providers of digital entertainment services for consumers in the PRC. We operate three main business units, namely WVAS, mobile games and Internet games. Within Internet games, KONG has the exclusive publishing rights for World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, World of Warships, Guild Wars 2 and other titles in mainland China. Since the acquisition of our proprietary smartphone game engine platform in 2011, KONG has expanded our smartphone game development team across 4 cities in China currently developing over 10 smartphone games across various genres, including MMORPG, RTS, military, and fantasy.
Founded in 1998, Ourgame (also known as LianZhong), Ourgame is one of the earliest and most popular providers of Internet-based casual board and card games in China. Currently Ourgame owns two large platforms: Ourgame Link and Ourgame New World. It’s products provide cross-platform support for PC, browsers and mobile terminals with more than 300 board and card games, mahjong, casual games and large graphic games. In addition, Ourgame is also the organizer of the largest online board game e-sports event in China.
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