The9 Limited Announces Acquisition of Majority Interest in Red 5 Studios
Red 5 - Monday, 22 March 2010 08:00
Shanghai, China – March 22, 2010. The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) (“The9”), an online game developer and operator in China, and Red 5 Studios, Inc. (“Red 5”), an online game developer in the United States, today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive investment agreement pursuant to which The9 will invest a total amount of approximately US$20 million for a majority interest in Red 5.
Mr. Jun Zhu, The9’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Red 5 is a creator of innovative entertainment software, designing games that focus on ease of play and fun. With the acquisition, The9’s global strategy is beginning to take shape. It will further enhance our game development capability and diversify our game portfolio and pipeline. I believe our collaboration will create new and exciting entertainment content for people around the world.”
Mark Kern, the Chief Executive Officer of Red 5, said, “We are very excited to welcome The9 as our key investor and to announce that they are making a commitment to us with the equity infusion. The investment recognizes the hard work of the Red 5 team and the strong potential of the game we are working on, as well as our ability, in the future, to become a multi-game studio. By leveraging The9’s outstanding expertise in the operation of online games, we will have a great advantage in bringing our games to millions of online gamers around the world. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with The9.”
About The9 Limited
The9 Limited is an online game operator and developer in China. The9′s business is primarily focused on developing and operating high-quality games for online game market. The9 directly, or through affiliates, operates licensed MMORPGs and advanced casual games including Soul of The Ultimate Nation™, Granado Espada, EA SPORTS™ FIFA Online 2 and Atlantica, as well as its proprietary games World of Fighter and Jiu Zhou Zhan Ji, in mainland China. It has also obtained exclusive licenses to operate other games in mainland China, including Audition 2 and Kingdom Heroes 2 Online. In addition, The9 is developing various proprietary games, including Miracles: Ultimate X, Tiny Tribe, Monster of War and other MMORPGs and advanced causal games.
About Red 5 Studios, Inc.
RED5 Studios is an online game developer located in California, formed in 2006 by former executives and developers from Blizzard Entertainment®. Red 5 Studios is dedicated to bringing together millions of gamers across the World by creating immersive worlds, intriguing stories and compelling characters and believes that online games and persistent worlds are the future of video games.
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