BEIJING, Sept. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) ("Perfect World" or the "Company"), a leading online game developer and operator based in China, today announced that one of its consolidated entities has recently entered into a definitive agreement to invest in a venture capital fund (the "Fund") to be formed by such entity and one or several general partners unrelated to Perfect World. The Fund will primarily focus on investing in companies with high-growth potentials in the technology, media and telecommunications ("TMT") sector and will be managed by such general partner(s). Perfect World has agreed to invest a total of approximately RMB643.5 million in the Fund as a limited partner over a nine-year period.
"We are very pleased to start the process to invest in a TMT-focused venture capital fund," commented Mr. Michael Chi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect World. "We believe our extensive knowledge in the industry and our own growth experience will enable us to better analyze and capture the significant market opportunities. We're also excited about the potential synergies we can achieve with our portfolio companies through this venture capital fund, which we believe will help us further build up our user base and strengthen our online platform."
Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) is a leading online game developer and operator based in China. Perfect World primarily develops online games based on proprietary game engines and game development platforms. Perfect World's strong technology and creative game design capabilities, combined with extensive knowledge and experiences in the online game market, enable it to frequently and promptly introduce popular games designed to cater changing customer preferences and market trends. Perfect World's current portfolio of self-developed online games includes massively multiplayer online role playing games ("MMORPGs"): "Perfect World," "Legend of Martial Arts," "Perfect World II," "Zhu Xian," "Chi Bi," "Pocketpet Journey West," "Battle of the Immortals," "Fantasy Zhu Xian," "Forsaken World," "Dragon Excalibur," "Empire of the Immortals" and "Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber;" and an online casual game: "Hot Dance Party." While a substantial portion of the revenues are generated in China, Perfect World's games have been licensed to leading game operators in a number of countries and regions in Asia, Latin America and the Russian Federation and other Russian speaking territories. Perfect World also generates revenues from game operations in North America, Europe and Japan. Perfect World plans to continue to explore new and innovative business models and remains deeply committed to maximizing shareholder value over time.
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