BEIJING, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- KongZhong Corporation (Nasdaq: KONG), a leading provider of digital entertainment services for consumers in the PRC, today announced their partnership and signing of a publishing agreement for World of Tanks ("WoT"), a free-to-play massively multiplayer online action game focused on armored warfare that has already won critical acclaim and players' love after being released in Russia and has recently entered its closed beta test phase in Europe and North America. KongZhong will have exclusive rights to publish and operate the game in mainland China.
"We are excited to be working with Wargaming.net to bring the award-winning World of Tanks to the Chinese market," said Mr. Leilei Wang, Chairman and CEO of KongZhong. "I believe Chinese gamers will be impressed by the game's world-class graphics and dynamic combat system to deliver a totally new and unique game experience. Also, as World of Tanks has been designed as a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game from the start, it is already well suited to the needs of the Chinese market. By combining KONG's robust game operations platform and strong sales and marketing capabilities, I believe World of Tanks will blow away the competition and become a success in the Chinese online game market."
CEO of Wargaming.net, Victor Kislyi said, "Our decision to join forces with KongZhong stemmed from their rich experience in operating online games, established reputation and marketing expertise. Entering a new market is a very important and thrilling moment for us. That's why we highly appreciate all the support our new reliable partners provide us with. We have been really impressed by their dedicated and competent team and feel optimistic about World of Tanks prospects in China."
The commercial release date and other related details for World of Tanks in China will be announced later. The official website of the game for the mainland China market, http://wot.kongzhong.com , is ready today.
About World of Tanks
World of Tanks is the first and only team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 150 armored vehicles from America, Germany, and the Soviet Union, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrade and development allows you to try any of the vehicles and weapons in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, make deep breaches in enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the force of giant tanks to eliminate opposing armored forces, or become a heavy sniper with long-range howitzers, each unit type has its own advantages and can be extremely effective when operated by a true tank ace.
But being a great tank commander alone isn't enough to win! In World of Tanks, it's all about teamwork. Victory is achieved by combining your combat skills with those of the other members of your team, each playing their own role on the battlefield. Just add your favorite strategy to build your own iron empire and manifest the indisputable authority of the tank! Feel the TANK POWER!
We are one of the leading providers of digital entertainment services for consumers in the PRC. We operate four main business units, namely WVAS, WIS, mobile games and online games. We are one of the leading providers of WVAS to mobile phone users. We began providing WVAS on the networks of China Mobile in 2002. Since 2004, we have provided WVAS on the networks of China Unicom, China Telecom, China Netcom and the other major telecommunications operators in the PRC. Since 2004, we have been offering news, entertainment, community and mobile advertising services through our wireless Internet sites, including Kong.net, ko.cn and ct.cn. In 2008, we began reporting our mobile games business as a stand-alone operating segment, while it was previously reported as part of our WVAS business. We began our online games business in 2010, through our acquisition of Dacheng Networks, a developer and operator of online games.
Wargaming.net is an award-winning strategy game specialist, incorporated in the UK. Its 140-strong development team is located in Minsk, Belarus. Since 1998, the company has shipped 13 titles, including acclaimed Massive Assault series, Order of War RTS published by Square Enix, and three add-ons for Blitzkrieg II. Wargaming.net's Operation Bagration RTS was awarded the Best Strategy Game of 2008 at Russian Game Developers Conference (KRI). At KRI 2009 and 2010 Wargaming.net was named The Best Developer Company from ex-USSR. At KRI 2010 World of Tanks won "Best MMO" prize.
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