Gameloft and Tencent QQ Games Team up to Bring 'Ice Age Village' to China's Android Market
PARIS, January 30, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Gameloft®, a leading global publisher of digital and social games, today announced its partnership with the Tencent Mobile QQ Game Platform, the most popular Chinese mini casual game open platform, for the exclusive publishing of the Android version of Gameloft's most successful social game, Ice Age Village, in Mainland China.
Tencent has grown into one of China's largest and most used Internet service portals. Today the Tencent Mobile QQ Game Platform has over 350 million registered user accounts, making it one of the biggest online game communities worldwide.
Ice Age Village is a social simulation game resulting from an exclusive agreement between Gameloft and Fox Digital Entertainment. Since launching worldwide last April on the App Store and Google Play, the game has been downloaded over 40 million times (over 10% of downloads originating from the Chinese App Store). The game has been #1 in the Top Free Games category on the Chinese App Store with a substantial number of 5-star consumer ratings.
Ice Age Village offers players the ability to immerse themselves in the unique world of Twentieth Century Fox's Ice Age, one of the most successful franchises in animation history. Players interact with beloved heroes such as Sid, Manny and Diego, while simultaneously playing through a series of quests and mini-games featuring everyone's favorite saber-toothed squirrel, Scrat.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Tencent for local distribution of the Android version of Ice Age Village," said Gonzague de Vallois, Gameloft's Senior Vice President of Publishing. "It is one of Gameloft's majorinitiativesforour Android publishing strategy in China. By leveraging Tencent's huge user base, we are truly able to provide the best gaming experience to more Chinese gamers."
Simon Li, the Vice President of Tencent Mobile Product Department, said: "We are excited to cooperate with Gameloft on this exclusive title. As the biggest game publishing platform in China, our aim is to bring the best quality games to our users. We are delighted that Gameloft shares the same vision with us and we look forward to the success of this great title on our platform."
Chinese players can experience the game for free via the QQ Game platform now.
For more information, please visit http://www.gameloft.com
A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft® has established itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for all digital platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (including Apple® iOS and Android® devices), set-top boxes and connected TVs. Gameloft operates its own established franchises such as Asphalt®, Real Football®, Modern Combat, and N.O.V.A.: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance®, and also partners with major rights holders including Marvel®, Hasbro®, FOX®, Mattel® and Ferrari®.
Gameloft is present on all continents, distributes its games in over 100 countries and employs over 5,000 developers.
Gameloft is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA). Gameloft's sponsored Level 1 ADR (ticker: GLOFY) is traded OTC in the US.
Tencent aims to enrich the interactive online experience of Internet users by providing a comprehensive range of Internet and wireless value-added services. Through its various online platforms, including Instant Messaging QQ, web portal QQ.com, the QQ Game Platform under Tencent Games, multi-media social networking service Qzone and wireless portal, Tencent services the largest online community in China and fulfills the user"s needs for communication, information, entertainment and e-Commerce on the Internet. Tencent has four main streams of revenues: Internet value-added services, mobile and telecommunications value-added services, online advertising and e-Commerce.
Shares of Tencent Holdings Limited are traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, under stock code 00700. The Company became a constituent of the Hong Kong"s Hang Seng Index (HSI) on June 10, 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.tencent.com/ir.
Jessica W. Lewinstein
North American PR Manager, Gameloft
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