Red 5 Studios is dedicated to bringing together millions of gamers across the world by creating immersive worlds, intriguing stories and compelling characters. We believe that online games and persistent worlds are the future of video games.

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.”

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We’ve added three additional pieces of artwork for you all to enjoy. Look at the lush jungles, coastline beauty, and another look at the abyss from beneath. We’ll post some more next week which might even have a little clue in it about what we’re working on. Keep your eyes open.

For those of you that frequent the Red 5 website, you may notice a few changes. A few years on the Internet is worth many decades in real life. With that considered, our website was still wearing a mullet and an REO Speedwagon t-shirt. It was high time we made some changes around here. Take a look around and enjoy the new theme that was put together with the help of our friend, Shawn Hedrick.

With this new website, we also hope to bring you content on a more frequent basis. We realize that it’s been quiet for too long and we want to make changes on that front. Be sure to take a look at The Tribe page and get to know the people behind Red 5 Studios.

For those of you that are really on the ball, you’ll notice a new Media section. We’ve got some really nice concept work up there for you to enjoy. We’ll continue to update that with new shots as we can. As always, feel free to send your comments to See you soon.


Our very own Jeff Lawniczak is going to be wandering the floor up in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference. If you see him, be sure to stop him and hand him a business card. Perhaps even take a photo with the man and submit it to us. Who knows what you might get in return…

When we say “epic battle,” what springs to mind? We’re sure each one of you has your own short list of memorable face-offs: Kirk versus Khan; the old man versus the sea; Dracula versus Frankenstein; maybe even John McClane versus the German Sheriff of Nottingham in Die Hard. But as 2007 drew to a close, the din of a new battle rang out in our office hallways.

That’s right. Red 5 took on Robotron 2084.

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