HONG KONG, March 31 /PRNewswire/ --
One of the leading game developers and operators in the PRC, NetDragon Websoft Inc. ("NetDragon" or the "Company", with its subsidiary collectively the "Group"; stock code: 8288.HK) has announced that traditional Chinese versions of its two main original online games, "Eudemons Online" and "Zero Online," will be officially launched shortly in Taiwan.
The Group has granted licensing rights to UserJoy Technology Co., Ltd. to operate a traditional Chinese version of "Eudemons Online" in Taiwan, and the game is expected to be launched there this summer. "Eudemons Online" is an online game which took NetDragon two years to research and develop, and is set in a vast mythological world. At present, there are over 570,000 players of the game in the PRC. In 2007, revenue from this game reached RMB448 million. This game has been customized in English and Spanish versions, which have been launched in both European and American markets.
At the same time, licensing rights were granted to Wayi International Digital for the operation of "Zero Online" in Taiwan. This online game was independently researched and developed by NetDragon, and is the first online game in the PRC themed around a "robot universe." Official open testing in the PRC was carried out on 13 June 2007. Also in 2007, the game was launched in the Hong Kong market in a traditional Chinese version via agents Gameone Interactive Co., Inc. The English version of this game is currently undergoing testing. In 2007, total revenue contributed by "Zero Online" amounted to RMB58.75 million.
Mr. Liu Dejian, Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon, commented, "As a pioneer in developing online games for overseas markets, the Group has successfully entered markets in which six different languages are spoken, including English, French and Spanish. Now that we have located an agent in the Taiwan market, we expect to expand our sales in Chinese-speaking regions across Asia."
Background information about NetDragon Websoft Inc.
NetDragon Websoft Inc. is one of the leading online game developers and operators in the PRC. The Group's portfolio consists of a range of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) that cater to various types of players and gaming preferences. The Group has successfully developed and marketed many popular online games in various styles. Its current offerings include the games "Eudemons Online," "Conquer Online," "Zero Online," "Tou Ming Zhuang Online," "Era of Faith," and "Monster & Me." The games are available in six languages, including English, French and Spanish. The Group also has three games in the pipeline, namely "Heroes of Might and Magic Online," "Way of the Five," and "Tian Yuan." NetDragon was listed on the GEM board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on 2 November 2007 (Stock Code: 8288.HK).
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