Wargaming.net Partners with KongZhong for China Expansion
KongZhong Corporation and Wargaming.net Announce Strategic Partnership
Beijing, China, May 14, 2012 KongZhong Corporation (NASDAQ: KONG), a leading provider of digital entertainment services for consumers in the PRC, today announced that it has entered into a series of agreements with Wargaming.net to create a strategic partnership for all of Wargaming.net's existing and future games in the mainland China market, including but not limited to World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Battleships.
As part of this partnership, KONG's board of directors has approved the grant of warrants for the issuance of issue up to 5.0 million American Depositary Shares ("ADSs') representing ordinary shares of KONG to Wargaming.net with an exercise price of US$ 5.94 per ADS. The warrants have a duration ranging from 1 to 6 years, and the exercise of the warrant is subject to various conditions, including the commercial launch of Wargaming.net's future games in the mainland China market.
Moreover, as part of this strategic partnership, Wargaming.net has granted to KONG (i) exclusive and long-term operating rights for World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, World of Battleships in mainland China and (ii) the right of first offer over the operating rights of any future Wargaming.net game (including mobile games) in mainland China.
The Company's Chief Financial Officer and Board Member, Jay Chang said, "We are excited to have Wargaming.net as a strategic partner of KONG. Through this partnership, we have fully aligned our long-term interests to maximize the success of all of Wargaming.net's games in the China market for many years to come."
Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming.net said, "After a year of close cooperation and success with World of Tanks in China, we believe KONG is the ideal partner to support the growth and development of all of Wargaming.net's existing and future games for the China market and we are proud to be a strategic partner with KONG."
We are 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. We are one of the leading providers of WVAS to mobile phone users and have been in cooperation with all major telecommunications operators in the PRC since 2002. In 2005, we began providing feature-phone mobile games on the networks of China Mobile with the acquisition of Tianjin Mammoth, a mobile games developer. To further expand our mobile games development capabilities, we acquired Noumena in 2012 in order to develop smartphone mobile games on smartphone mobile operating systems, such as iOS and Android. We commenced our Internet games business in 2010 through our acquisition of Dacheng, a developer and operator of Internet games in the PRC. In addition to developing and operating our self-developed Internet games, such as Loong, Demon Code and Kung Fu Hero, we a! re the exclusive operator of the popular World of Tanks game for the PRC Internet games market.
Wargaming.net® is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Since 1998, the company has published more than 15 titles, including the highly acclaimed Massive Assault and Order of War series. Currently Wargaming.net is focused on establishing an MMO war trilogy that will include their flagship armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes (one of the most anticipated MMOs for 2012), and the naval World of Battleships scheduled for release in 2013.
Official web site: www.wargaming.net
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