The9 Limited Announces Its Joint Venture Obtained an Exclusive License for Publishing and Operating Cross Fire 2 in China
Shanghai,China – November 25,2015.The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) (“The9”), an online game developer and operator, today announced that its joint venture Oriental Shiny Star Limited (“JVC”) has entered into a license agreement with Smilegate Entertainment, Inc. (“SG”), a leading Korean game developer, for publishing and operating Cross Fire 2 on an exclusive basis for a five-year term in mainland China. In consideration for the exclusive license, JVC will make an upfront payment of US$50 million and additional payments totaling US$450 million based on certain development and operation milestones, as well as royalty payments based on future sales.
Cross Fire 2 is the sequel of Cross Fire, a blockbuster first-person-shooter PC online game in China. Both Cross Fire and Cross Fire 2 are developed by SG. Cross Fire 2 is being developed using new game engine. Other than the traditional PVP game mode like Cross Fire, Cross Fire 2 also provides PVE game mode to offer enhanced game experience to players.
Majority of JVC’s equity is owned by System Link Corporation Limited (“System Link”). System Link is a 50-50 joint venture formed by The9 and Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd., a leading Internet company in China. Through its PRC consolidated subsidiaries, System Link will operate Firefall in China.
About The9 Limited
The9 Limited is an online game developer and operator in China. The9 Limited develops and operates, directly or through its affiliates, its proprietary MMO and mobile games including Firefall and Song of Knights. The9 Limited’s joint venture with Qihoo 360 has obtained an exclusive license for publishing and operating Cross Fire 2 in China. The9 Limited also engages in mobile advertising and mobile app education businesses. The9 Limited has formed a joint venture with Shanghai ZTE to develop and operate home entertainment set top box business.
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