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HUYA Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Unaudited Financial Results
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HUYA Inc. to Report Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results on Monday, March 16, 2020
-Earnings Call Scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on March 16, 2020-GUANGZHOU, China, March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- HUYA Inc. ("Huya" or the "Company") (NYSE: HUYA), a leading game live streaming platform in China, today announced that it will report its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 unaudited financial results on Monday, March 16, 2020, after the close of U.S. markets. The Company's management will host an earnings conference call at 7:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on March 16, 2020 (7:00 a.m. Beijing/Hong Kong time on March 17, 2020). Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows: United States: +1-845-675-0437 International: +65-6713-5090 Hong Kong, China: +852-3018-6771 Mainland China: 400-620-8038 Conference ID: 9729185 Participants should dial-in at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time and ask to be connected to the call for "HUYA Inc" with the Conference ID as set forth above. Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at http://ir.huya.com. A replay of the conference call will be accessible approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call until March 22, 2020, by dialing the following telephone numbers: United States: +1-646-254-3697 International: +61-2-8199-0299 Hong Kong, China: +852-3051-2780 Mainland China: 400-632-2162 Replay Access Code: 9729185 About HUYA Inc. HUYA Inc. is a leading game live streaming platform in China with a large and active game live streaming community. The Company cooperates with e-sports event organizers, as well as major game developers and publishers, and has developed e-sports live streaming as one of the most popular content genres on its platform. The Company has created an engaged, interactive and immersive community for game enthusiasts of China's young generation. Building on its success in game live streaming, Huya has also extended its content to other entertainment content genres. Huya's open platform also functions as a marketplace for broadcasters and talent agencies to congregate and closely collaborate with the Company. For more information, please visit: http://ir.huya.com. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: In China: HUYA Inc.Investor RelationsTel: +86-20-2290-7829E-mail: email@example.com The Piacente Group, Inc.Jenny CaiTel: +86-10-6508-0677E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org In the United States: The Piacente Group, Inc.Brandi PiacenteTel: +1-212-481-2050E-mail: email@example.com View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/huya-inc-to-report-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-year-2019-financial-results-on-monday-march-16-2020-301016752.html
#FightTheVirus: Sqkii Plays Its Part by Creating Singapore's First Educational Online Game Combating COVID-19
SINGAPORE, March 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With COVID-19 already leaving an indelible mark this year on many countries around the globe, and with rising cases across Singapore requiring more precautions, local gamification startup Sqkii has responded to the crisis with a new online game, #FightTheVirus. The game, which can be accessed on https://fightthevirus.sqkii.land/, aims to educate players on ways everyone can contribute to help limit the spread of this virus. #FightTheVirus is the first game of its kind in Singapore and is one of the first online games in the world created in direct response to the COVID-19outbreak. Main poster for Sqkii's latest online game, #FightTheVirus Stay United and Work Together to Fight the Virus! Inspired by 2D platform games like Super Mario Bros. or Chrome's T-Rex game, #FightTheVirus is a simple game that takes players through a linear world of obstacles and power-ups, related to COVID-19 or other societal concerns. Every three to five days, an attractive non-cash prize will be awarded to the adventurer who has obtained the highest score within that qualifying period, by avoiding the virus and other dangerous objects in the game. During the game, a mouse will sprint forward, towards the right of the screen, moving past objects like surgical masks and viruses. The player can tap on the screen to make the mouse jump, either to collect an object overhead or to avoid dangerous obstacles. There is a range of objects that may either help or hinder the player's survival, and it is up to them to discover the full list of obstacles and power-ups. The longer the player survives, the higher their score will be. Should the player lose, for example, in the case of encountering fake news, they will be shown a reason why their actions would have been detrimental in real life. To restart the game, the player has to tap on the yellow box and reveal an educational message on what they can do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, or any other societal concern, in line with official government sources. Each qualifying period and its corresponding prize will be announced beforehand, within the game itself, and on Sqkii's Facebook and Instagram pages. The attractive prizes include an Apple watch, a Dyson hair dryer and even a Nintendo Switch. Bringing Some Lighthearted Encouragement in the Midst of a Crisis "Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been so much negativity, especially on social media - from daily reports on new confirmed cases to panic buying and mistrust," says Mr Kenny Choy, Co-Founder of Sqkii. "As often mentioned, we must fight this virus both on the medical front and the psychological front. We hope that through this light-hearted casual game, filled with humour and educational messages, we can play our part to galvanise the broader community to help contain the spread of this virus together." #FightTheVirus started on 17 February 2020 and will end when either COVID-19 has been successfully contained, or all prizes have been fully redeemed. Please refer to Appendix A for an announcement by Sqkii, Appendix B for instructions on how to access the game, and Appendix C for examples of obstacles and power-ups found in the game. About Sqkii Sqkii (pronounced 'squeaky') is a Singapore startup that specialises in applying gamification to solve real-world problems. Founded in 2012 by three then-undergraduates, Mr Kenny Choy, Mr Marcus Ng and Mr Eleazar Lim, Sqkii faced numerous setbacks. Their first island-wide Hunt The Mouse in 2017 started out as a last-ditch attempt to revive their business, but has now turned into a rigorous and effective out-of-home marketing opportunity. Over the last three years, the game has attracted over half a million players with over $280,000 found by Sqkii players. The company has also partnered with brands including OCBC Bank, Domino's Pizza and Resorts World Sentosa to launch innovative and engaging gameplays to reach out to new and old customers. For more information, visit http://www.sqkii.com/. For the latest updates, follow Sqkii on social media platforms -- Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sqkii/) and Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/sqkiimouse/). Appendix A: #WheresTheBox announcement Back in January, a blue box containing a huge sum of money was hidden in the kingdom of BeuBeu (also known as Resorts World Sentosa). Unfortunately, the owner of the box, Percii, had forgotten where he had hidden it. As a result, he had invited all adventurers to help him find the box, while the finder gets to keep all the cash in it. He cannot remember exactly how much is in the box, but he is certain that the amount lies somewhere between S$41,582 and S$81,542. Today, Queen Nancii, the current ruler of the kingdom of BeuBeu, has announced that this virtual treasure hunt game #WheresTheBox will be put on hold until further notice, to protect adventurers from possible health risks associated with COVID-19. As soon as the ongoing virus situation has been contained, adventurers may resume finding the box for Percii at https://wheresthebox.sqkii.land. Appendix B: How to access and play the game As this is a web game, players can access the game via this URL https://fightthevirus.sqkii.land/ on their mobile web browser. Players will first be required to download the Be.U application from the Apple Store or Google Play and sign up for a free Be.U account to start playing the game. Here are the instructions on how to access and play #FightTheVirus: Open your mobile browser and type in the URL: https://fightthevirus.sqkii.land/ Log in via your Be.U account (sign up via the Be.U app) Tap to start Tap to jump Collect objects that may help you, and avoid obstacles At the end of each qualifying period, Sqkii will announce the highest score and winner Repeat for the next prize Appendix C: Examples of obstacles and power-ups Obstacle/Power-up Effect Surgical Mask Protects you from the virus Virus Game over if you encounter a virus without a surgical mask Facial Mask Game over if you encounter a virus wearing a facial mask Soap Game over if you missed it, reminding you to wash your hands Mosquito Game over as you have contracted Dengue Fever Fake News Game over as this causes panic and confusion Related Links :http://www.sqkii.com/
Shadow Arena Now Available for Global Beta Test
SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearl Abyss announced that its upcoming title, Shadow Arena, is now available for a global beta test. Available on Steam, the beta will run until March 8 with support in 14 languages. Shadow Arena Now Available for Global Beta Test Shadow Arena is an action battle royale that pits 40 players against each other in a ruthless fight to become the sole survivor. Players can choose from nine Heroes, each with their own unique fighting styles. While battling fiercely against opponents, players must also slay monsters to collect loot in order to upgrade their gear and gain buffs to become the winner. After successful Beta tests in Korea and Russia, Shadow Arena now features a number of new systems and content to offer an improved gameplay experience. Badal the Golden is the latest Hero to join the roster of Heroes and offers a new combat style that players can enjoy. He is a fierce melee fighter with the ability to throw lightning-fast combos at his opponents. This new Hero is recommended for those looking to defeat their opponents with stylish, bare-fist combat and powerful combos. In addition, the global beta offers "Team Mode" where players can team up in pairs and combine their skills to gain a tactical edge in combat. "Practice Mode" allows players to learn the basics of the game and test out new tactics. "Private Matches" can also be hosted with select groups of people for a customized gaming experience. Matchmaking has also been introduced in this beta, which is a purely skills-based system that advances players to higher tiers based on their performance. Item sealing is also available, allowing players who obtain items from a previous match to seal one kind of item and bring it into the next match. Defeating monsters can also grant players special buffs that can be activated at the Ancient Altar to give them a further advantage on the battlefield. Shadow Arena will offer a game experience that draws from the MOBA, Battle Royale, and MMO genres. Players can explore a range of distinctive skills and abundant features that the game is offering during the beta period. Shadow Arena will be released on PC during the first half of 2020 and is expected to launch on console at a later date. For more information on Shadow Arena, visit the official website. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200227/2732717-1-a?lang=0
ARK: Genesis Now Available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4
Today Studio Wildcard unlocked the next chapter in the saga of ARK: Survival Evolved with the release of ARK: Genesis - Part 1. Expanding the ARK storyline with all-new mission-based gameplay, ARK: Genesis leads Survivors through beautiful yet lethal new worlds filled with exotic creatures, craftable items, and weapons unlike anything seen before on the ARK! In the massive ARK: Genesis - Part 1 expansion, Survivors wake up within a virtual simulation accompanied by the strangely familiar ‘HLN-A’ companion. Together they must overcome the simulation’s rigorous tests and only by fighting, building, taming, and exploring this new world will Survivors uncover the secrets behind this forbidding place. Only the toughest and smartest Survivors will pass all of the simulation’s grueling challenges. The ARK: Genesis Part 1 expansion pack is available to download now as part of the ARK: Genesis Season Pass for Steam on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $34.99. The ARK: Genesis Season Pass delivers two new huge expansion packs (Part 1 available today and Part 2 releasing Winter 2020) and the exclusive in-game robotic AI companion called ‘HLN-A’ who guides Survivors with voice navigation and narrative throughout this enduring ARK challenge.
Black Desert Online turns four years old next week, will celebrate with content updates, promotions and events
Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss have announced that to celebrate the upcoming fourth anniversary of their hit MMORPG in western markets they are running a month-long celebration with new content updates, special anniversary events and promotional discounts for the next month. The anniversary will kick off with hotly awaited content updates next week, which sees the release of the Guardian Succession and a new zone called the Ash Forest. The Succession update for the Guardian brings the final part of her toolbox and will allow players to customize as they see fit, by either specializing into a single weapon set or choosing the versatility of the Awakening skills that were also recently released. Ash Forest is a new ‘hunting ground’ where the most veteran Black Desert Online players can hunt monsters for experience and various items. This content will prove truly challenging to all but the most well-equipped players. The North American and European version of Black Desert Online is the first to receive Ash Forest after it’s Korean release in August last year. The Guardian Succession and Ash Forest zone will be updated on the 3rd of March. Players interested in joining the hit MMO that launched in 2016 might be happy to hear that starting this Thursday up to and including Sunday, they will be able to receive the game pass at a 100% discount either via steam or the Black Desert Online website. In addition to the free game pass; existing and new players can secure up to €200/$200 in cash shop items by playing the game during the anniversary event period. This includes items such as outfit skins, a pet dragon, useful consumables and more. This event will start on March 3rd. Kakao Games also announced that it’s in the process of setting up an in-game charity event in which players will be able to participate to raise money for a worthwhile cause. More details on this event will be shared in the future. In preparation of the anniversary celebrations starting next week, this patch saw the release of the Striker and Mystic Succession as well as the start of in-game events of which the ‘Rebellion of the Word Bosses’ is of special note since it will give players to opportunity to secure double the amount of loot from defeated world bosses. More information about the fourth anniversary events and other information about the game can be found on the Black Desert Online website.
GIRLGAMER eSports Festival heads to Dubai for World Finals
HONG KONG, Feb.10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Organized by Kaisun Holdings Limited (HKEX8203)'s subsidiary Evoloop Limited and Grow uP eSports, GIRLGAMER World Finals will be held at Meydan Grandstand from 19th to 22nd February, 2020 with a total prize pool of US$100,000. Nine of the world's best all-female eSports teams from Oceania, Asia, Europe, South America and Middle East will gather to celebrate the extraordinary moment in eSports history. GIRLGAMER 2019 World tour consists of 2 phases: regional qualifiers and world finals, all of the regional qualifiers have finished in 2019 , respectively held in Sydney, Singapore, Seoul, Madrid and Sao Paulo. Thanks to strong support from the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), Meydan one and global sponsor Logitech G to bring GIRLGAMER to the Middle East. Players will flex their muscles via popular games <League of Legends> and <Counter-Strike: Global Offensive> and contend for the title. In addition to the eSports tournament, there will also be other events at the 4-day festival including an eSports business conference, cosplay competition, education & career seminars, exhibition and etc., dedicated to giving both online and offline GIRLGAMER fans, a diversified, innovative and impressive experience. As the first international eSports festival focused on women's competitiveness, GIRLGAMER eSports Festival will continue its world tour, keep focusing on gender equality and women's competitiveness in eSports, while promoting the ever-expanding female enthusiasts' community.
UTPlus Interactive Inc. Announced the Launch for the Global Service of "COSMICWARS-THE GALACTIC BATTLE"
SEONGNAM-Si, South Korea, Feb. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On Feb. 7 (North America Time), UTPlus Interactive Inc. (http://www.utplus.co.kr/) announced the launch for the global service of "COSMICWARS-THE GALACTIC BATTLE". UTPlus Interactive Inc. announced the launch for the global service of "COSMICWARS-THE GALACTIC BATTLE" Global service is now available in over 150 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Global One-Build supports nine languages (English, German, French, Japanese, Thai, Russian, Thai, Portuguese, Korean) and support for Spanish will be added in the future. The game, which was soft launched earlier, features unique artwork and an original scenario. The game system allows users to build their own strategic vessel by assembling ship parts to the user's preference and pioneer in post-apocalyptic space while battling various forces, space monsters, and other players. The global version will feature more user customizable content by increasing communication with users through various social media channels and analyzing user feedback and game play data. Ted Taeyeun Yoo (CEO) said, "Levering the experience we gained from successfully servicing Talion and Shadowblood, we will continue to listen to the user's opinions and service the game successfully with a long-term plan." "COSMICWARS-THE GALACTIC BATTLE" was selected as a Top 3 game in the 2018 Google Indie Game Festival and awarded as the Indie Game of the Year. The developer is offering various events to celebrate the launch of its global service. More details are available on the official global Facebook page. Promo video (YouTube): Link Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200207/2714276-1?lang=0
Black Desert Online raises funds for Australian Bushfire and Turkey Earthquake disasters
Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss announced a new charity initiative to help the victims of the Australian bushfire and Turkey earthquake. Via an in-game event, players can help raise funds that will be donated to charities dedicated to providing aid for these disasters. This worldwide event will be available in all regions that the game is currently available in and will run until February 19th. By completing in-game tasks, players can raise up to ￦ 100,000,000 (~$84,000/€76,000), that will be donated by Pearl Abyss to help victims of these disasters, the final recipients of the donations will be announced in at a later date in an article on the Black Desert Online website. The article also contains more information about the ways players can participate in this event. Robin Jung, CEO of Pearl Abyss said: "We prepared a meaningful event in which adventurers from our service regions, 150 countries around the world including Australia and Turkey, can contribute donations." He continued: "We hope for a quick recovery and hope everyone affected can return to their everyday lives." In addition to the start of the charity drive, this week also saw the release of the Guardian Awakening after the class released on January 22. Players interested in Black Desert Online can sign up for the 7-day free trial via the Black Desert Online official website, where they can also learn more about game updates and events.
New "Field of Valor" Content Available for a Limited Time in Black Desert Mobile
SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearl Abyss today announced that a new mode titled "Field of Valor" is now available in Black Desert Mobile for a limited time. Shakatu's Shop in Black Desert Mobile Field of Valor is a battlefield mode that Adventurers can enjoy as a party of five. Adventurers can start forming their own party with friends or guild members and take part in 30-minute battles against a variety of monsters. Adventurers must have Tokens of Valor in order to enter this mode. The tokens can be obtained as log-in rewards and through rare drops by hunting. The unique feature of Field of Valor is that all party members equally share in the rewards gained by defeating enemies on the battlefield. This is a great opportunity for Adventurers to collect various in-game items such as weapons, armor, Ancient Gold Coins, and large amounts of silver. In addition, the Shakatu's Shop event will also be available for one week. Shakatu's Shop is an in-game store where Adventurers can buy weapons and armor with Ancient Gold Coins, just one of the currency types available in Black Desert Mobile. When Adventurers make a purchase in Shakatu's Shop, the level of the gear obtained will be randomly set, but they will be able to purchase as many items as they can afford. Until next week, the chances of acquiring the highest-grade gear currently available from Shakatu's Shop will be greatly increased. Starting this week, Adventurers can also enhance their combat skills thanks to further updates being introduced to Black Desert Mobile. This exciting update will enable gear to be enhanced up to +35 and provide additional levels for Gear Resonance and Bonus Effects. Find more information about Black Desert Mobile on the official website at http://www.world.blackdesertm.com. About Black Desert Black Desert is Pearl Abyss' open-world action MMORPG with cutting-edge visuals and skill-based combat that redefines the genre. With the most developed character customization system of any game currently on the market, users can break out of the norm and make unique characters that truly represent themselves. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will excite both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs. About Pearl Abyss Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss has developed the MMORPG franchise Black Desert for PC, mobile, and console. All their games are built on their proprietary engine and are renowned for their cutting-edge graphics. With multiple projects in the works, they are poised to continue their growth through 2020 and beyond to maintain their position as a leading developer in the game industry. More information about Pearl Abyss is available at www.pearlabyss.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200205/2711930-1?lang=0 Related Links :http://www.pearlabyss.com
Denmark to host FIFA eNations Cup 2020
In a landmark step for the further development of FIFA eSports, FIFA and the Danish Football Association (DBU) announced today that Denmark will host the FIFA eNations Cup 2020, taking one of the most exciting FIFA eSports competitions to Danish fans and a live audience for the first time. FIFA’s official inter-nation team eSports competition will take place from 22 to 24 May and will crown the world’s best EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series nation, with players competing as teams in a 2v2 format throughout the tournament. With national pride and global glory at stake, Copenhagen will play host to the world’s best EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series nations as the competition looks to build on the excitement, passion and drama witnessed during the inaugural event in London in 2019. France, who won the first-ever FIFA eNations Cup with a team including Corentin “MAESTRO” Thullier and Lucas “DaXe” Cuillerier, will be looking to qualify when online qualification begins in April as they look to retain their crown. Twenty-four of the world’s top EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series nations will go head-to-head in Denmark in May and will be competing for international glory and a total prize pool of over USD 100,000. Speaking on the decision to host the tournament in Denmark, Christian Volk, Director of eFootball & Gaming at FIFA, said: “As a nation rich in eSports history and with an exciting and enthusiastic fan base, Denmark and the DBU were a natural choice to host the FIFA eNations Cup in 2020. Building on the incredible success and interest in the inaugural event last year in London, we are excited to take the FIFA eNations Cup to Denmark and bring the excitement and passion of an international and innovative team format like the FIFA eNations Cup to Danish fans, as well as a live audience, for the very first time.” Kenneth Reeh, Acting CEO at the DBU, said: “We’re very proud that Copenhagen has been selected to host the FIFA eNations Cup 2020 and are looking forward to welcoming players and fans to a big and hopefully memorable event. Last year, our national team had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural event in London and this year it will be even more delightful for the team to be able to play in the tournament on home soil in Copenhagen. eSports is widely popular in Denmark so it’s going to be exciting to be able to open the doors and have a live audience during the tournament.” A new addition to the calendar last season, the FIFA eNations Cup will see some of the best nations and best FIFA players in the world compete in a unique team (2v2) format on both Xbox and PlayStation during the group stage. The top two nations in each of the four groups will progress through to the knockout stages for the chance to win the FIFA eNations Cup 2020. The qualification period for national teams to identify their FIFA eNations Cup squad is currently underway, with national qualifying events currently being run by eligible member associations all around the world. The Draw for the FIFA eNations Cup 2020 will take place ahead of the tournament in spring 2020.
The New Sorceress Class Now Available in Black Desert Mobile
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearl Abyss today announced that the new Sorceress class has arrived in Black Desert Mobile. Adventurers can now play as the mistress of dark magic and utilize the dark arts to enhance combat skills to deliver lightning-fast, devastating attacks. Adventurers can create their new Sorceress characters starting today. The New Sorceress Class Now Available in Black Desert Mobile. Armed with her Amulet and Talisman, the Sorceress dominates the battlefield with a combination of melee and ranged attacks that allow her to perform critical hits while maneuvering around the battlefield at blinding speed. Adventurers can employ skills such as Phantom Crash to quickly dash forward and strike their targets, or Wrath of Chaos, a teleporting attack paired with a devastating explosion of dark energy. In addition to a new class, the Enchantment system has also been introduced to Black Desert Mobile. Adventurers can now enchant weapons and armor using Magical Residue, which is produced when the Black Spirit absorbs certain grades of weapon and armor. Various in-game features such as attack points, defense points, and speed are enhanced when the enchantment is completed successfully. Meanwhile, Pearl Abyss will be hosting the very first "Black Desert Mobile World Championship - Ramoness!" from February through March this year. Those who wish to participate are required to recruit team members and then post a thread here. Adventurers have until February 2 to get their submissions in. Teams that advance to the later rounds will be awarded Pearls and special titles. Watch the new Sorceress trailer here and visit Black Desert Mobile's official website for more information. About Pearl Abyss Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss has developed the MMORPG franchise Black Desert for PC, mobile, and console. All their games are built on their proprietary engine and are renowned for their cutting-edge graphics. With multiple projects in the works, they are poised to continue their growth through 2020 and beyond to maintain their position as a leading developer in the game industry. More information about Pearl Abyss is available at www.pearlabyss.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200130/2705706-1?lang=0 Related Links :http://www.pearlabyss.com
Black Desert Wins the Best MMORPG in 2020 in Global Markets
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearl Abyss today announced that Black Desert, enjoyed by 10 million users in over 150 countries, has won the title of best MMORPG of 2020 in several major countries across North America and Europe. Black Desert Wins the Best MMORPG in 2020 in Global Markets Germany's largest games media platform Mein-MMO selected Black Desert as the MMORPG with the best performance in 2019, along with World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, Guild Wars 2, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Mein-MMO paid recognition to Black Desert for its continuing release of new characters, regular content updates, and expanding platforms. "Black Desert is like an exotic model student who sets goals and moves forward one by one," commented Mein-MMO. US tech media TECHSPOT described Black Desert as one of the best MMO games of 2020 and selected it as "one of the best sandbox MMOs." Black Desert has also been acknowledged in Russia. One of Russia's largest games websites GoHa.Ru ran their own 'GoHa Awards 2019', voting Black Desert as Best MMORPG. Furthermore, Black Desert was also nominated for the GAME STAR Best PC Game of 2019, hosted by Taipei Computer Association. The result for this award will be announced on February 6. Black Desert is an open MMORPG full of intense battles and adventures that is gaining great popularity across the globe for its regular content updates and user-oriented services. *Related Links Mein-MMO : https://mein-mmo.de/beste-mmorpgs-2020-wow-ff14-eso-gw-2-black-desert/2/TECHSPOT : https://www.techspot.com/article/1963-the-best-mmos/GoHa.Ru : https://www.goha.ru/GAME STAR : https://events.qoo-app.com/tca-gamestar2019/ About Black Desert Black Desert is Pearl Abyss' open-world action MMORPG with cutting-edge visuals and skill-based combat that redefines the genre. With the most developed character customization system of any game currently on the market, users can break out of the norm and make unique characters that truly represent themselves. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will excite both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs. About Pearl Abyss Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss has developed the MMORPG franchise Black Desert for PC, mobile, and console. All their games are built on their proprietary engine and are renowned for their cutting-edge graphics. With multiple projects in the works, they are poised to continue their growth through 2020 and beyond to maintain their position as a leading developer in the game industry. More information about Pearl Abyss is available at www.pearlabyss.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200125/2701912-1?lang=0
Changyou.com Enters into a Definitive Agreement for Going-Private Transaction
BEIJING, Jan. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Changyou.com Limited ("Changyou" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CYOU), a leading online game developer and operator in China, today announced that it has entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with Sohu.com (Game) Limited ("Sohu Game"), an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of Sohu.com Limited (NASDAQ: SOHU, "Sohu"), and Changyou Merger Co. Limited ("Merger Co.," and together with Sohu and Sohu Game, the "Sohu Group"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sohu Game, pursuant to which the Company will be acquired by the Sohu Group in an all-cash transaction implying an equity value of the Company of approximately $579.0 million (the "Merger"). Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, at the effective time of the Merger (the "Effective Time"), each Class A ordinary share of the Company (each, a "Class A Ordinary Share") issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time, other than the Excluded Shares (as defined in the Merger Agreement), will be cancelled and cease to exist, in exchange for the right to receive $5.40 in cash without interest, and each outstanding American depositary share of the Company (each, an "ADS," representing two Class A Ordinary Shares), other than the ADSs representing the Excluded Shares, will be cancelled in exchange for the right to receive $10.80 in cash without interest (the "Merger Consideration"). At the Effective Time, each (i) outstanding and fully-vested option (each, a "Vested Option") to purchase Class A Ordinary Shares under the Company's share incentive plans will be cancelled, and each holder of a Vested Option will have the right to receive an amount in cash determined by multiplying (x) the excess, if any, of $5.40 over the applicable exercise price of such Vested Option by (y) the number of Class A Ordinary Shares underlying such Vested Option; and (ii) each outstanding but unvested option (each, an "Unvested Option") to purchase Class A Ordinary Shares under the Company's share incentive plans will remain outstanding and continue to vest following the Effective Time in accordance with the applicable Company share incentive plan and award agreement governing such Unvested Option in effect immediately prior to the Effective Time. The Merger Consideration represents a premium of 82.4% to the closing price of the Company's ADSs on September 6, 2019, the last trading day prior to the Company's announcement of its receipt of the "going-private" proposal, and a premium of 70.1% to the average closing price of the Company's ADSs during the 30 trading days prior to its receipt of the "going-private" proposal. The Sohu Group intends to fund the Merger primarily with debt financing. The Sohu Group has delivered a copy of an executed debt commitment letter to the Company pursuant to which Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Tokyo Branch will provide, subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein, an amount sufficient to fund in full the consummation of Merger and the other transactions related thereto. The Company's board of directors (the "Board"), acting upon the unanimous recommendation of a committee of independent and disinterested directors established by the Board (the "Special Committee"), approved the Merger Agreement and the Merger. The Special Committee negotiated the terms of the Merger Agreement with the assistance of its financial and legal advisors. Because the Sohu Group owns over 90% of the voting power represented by all issued and outstanding shares of the Company, the Merger will be in the form of a short-form merger of Merger Co. with and into Changyou in accordance with section 233(7) of the Companies Law of the Cayman Islands, with Changyou being the company surviving the Merger. Shareholder approval of the Merger Agreement and the Merger is not required. The Merger is currently expected to close in the second quarter of 2020. If completed, the Merger will result in the Company becoming a privately‑owned company wholly owned directly and indirectly by Sohu, its ADSs will no longer be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, and the ADS program will be terminated. Houlihan Lokey (China) Limited is serving as financial advisor to the Special Committee; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as U.S. legal counsel to the Special Committee. China Renaissance through its subsidiary CRP-Fanya Investment Consultants (Beijing) Limited is serving as financial advisor to the Sohu Group; Goulston & Storrs PC is serving as U.S. legal counsel to the Sohu Group; and Han Kun Law Offices is serving as PRC legal counsel to the Sohu Group. The validity of the Merger and certain other legal matters with respect to the Cayman Islands law are passed upon and advised by Conyers Dill & Pearman. Additional Information About the Merger The Company will furnish to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a current report on Form 6-K regarding the Merger, which will include as an exhibit thereto the Merger Agreement. All parties desiring details regarding the Merger are urged to review these documents, which will be available at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov). In connection with the Merger, the Company will prepare and mail a Schedule 13E-3 Transaction Statement (the "Schedule 13E-3"). The Schedule 13E-3 will be filed with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE SCHEDULE 13E-3 AND OTHER MATERIALS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY, THE MERGER, AND RELATED MATTERS. In addition to receiving the Schedule 13E-3 by mail, shareholders also will be able to obtain these documents, as well as other filings containing information about the Company, the merger, and related matters, without charge from the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov) or at the SEC's public reference room at 100 F Street, NE, Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549. Safe Harbor Statement This announcement includes statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results could differ materially from those referred to in any such forward-looking statements because of risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that the Merger will not occur as planned if events arise that result in the termination of the Merger Agreement, if the expected financing for the Merger is not available for any reason, or if one or more of the various closing conditions to the Merger are not satisfied or waived, and other risks and uncertainties regarding the Merger Agreement and the Merger that will be discussed in the Schedule 13E-3 to be filed with the SEC. About Changyou Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU) is a leading developer and operator of online games in China with a diverse portfolio of popular online games, such as Tian Long Ba Bu ("TLBB"), one of the most popular PC games in China, as well as a number of mobile games. Changyou also owns and operates the 17173.com Website, a leading game information portal in China. Changyou began operations as a business unit within Sohu.com Limited (NASDAQ: SOHU) in 2003, and was carved out as a separate, stand-alone company in December 2007. It completed an initial public offering on April 7, 2009. Changyou has an advanced technology platform that includes advanced 2.5D and 3D graphics engines, a uniform game development platform, effective anti-cheating and anti-hacking technologies, proprietary cross-networking technology and advanced data protection technology. For more information, please visit http://ir.changyou.com/. For investor and media inquiries, please contact: In China: Mr. Yujia ZhaoInvestor RelationsTel: +86 (10) 6192-0800E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org In the United States: Ms. Linda BergkampChristensenPhone: +1 (480) 614-3004E-mail: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/changyoucom-enters-into-a-definitive-agreement-for-going-private-transaction-300992707.htmlRelated Links :http://ir.changyou.com/
Mandarin Language Version KLab Games Station Starts Friday, January 31
The first broadcast will feature a special contest for fabulous prizesTOKYO, Jan. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- KLab Inc. (TSE1: 3656), a leader in online mobile games, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Mandarin version addition to the Traditional Chinese version of its live streaming service, KLab Games Station (currently available live in Japanese, English, French, Arabic, Thai, and Cantonese) starting Friday, January 31 at 12pm JST (UTC+9). KLab Games Station Cast KLab Games Station was created to showcase KLab's globally released games in order to meet the needs of its audience worldwide. The show currently delivers the latest gaming news and live gameplay to viewers via live streaming video in five languages: English, French, Arabic, Thai, and Cantonese. More and more viewers of KLab Games Station who are located in Asia, especially the Greater China area, have been making their voices heard, so in response to those requests, KLab Games Station expanded to add the Cantonese language version in December 2019. In order to make the program more accessible to players in Traditional Chinese and other non-Cantonese-speaking areas, such as Taiwan, the addition of the Mandarin language version has been added. KLab is thrilled to be able to reach even more players across the world with KLab Games Station. Celebration of the First Mandarin Broadcast and Special Prize Drawing To celebrate the first Mandarin broadcast a special contest for fabulous prizes will be held. During the contest period, like or comment about the Mandarin KLab Games Station broadcast for a chance to win exclusive merchandise from the games, such as an original T-shirt from Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team. Details will be announced on the official Facebook pages and the first Mandarin KLab Games Station live broadcast, so don't miss out on this chance and be sure to tune in! Contest Period: Friday, January 24 to Friday, January 31 (UTC +9) How to Enter Like the KLab Games Station official Facebook Page. Like or comment on the contest information post on either the Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team or Utano Princesama Shining Live official Facebook pages. Let us know what you would like to see on the Mandarin version of KLab Games Station in your comments. * Only those who fulfill the above two conditions can participate in the contest. Prize Information Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team Original T-Shirt x10Utano Princesama Shining Live Character Merchandise x11*Check the Facebook page for more information. Official Facebook Accounts KLab Games Stationhttps://www.facebook.com/KLabGamesStation/ Captain Tsubasa: Dream Teamhttps://www.facebook.com/tsubasaDTtc/ Utano Princesama Shining Livehttps://www.facebook.com/ShiningLiveTC/ KLab Games Station Mandarin Version Starting Friday, January 31, KLab Games Station will air live in Mandarin every Friday at 12pm JST (UTC+9). Viewers can watch the broadcast in real time on YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch, and Periscope. Already airing in English, French, Arabic, Thai, and Cantonese, KLab Games Station showcases the latest game news and updates. Cast MC: Mila and Sandy KLab Games Station About KLab Games Station Launched in October 2016, KLab Games Station was created to showcase KLab's globally-released games in an effort to create new avenues of communication with its global gaming community. Hosted by members of KLab every Thursday and Friday from 12 pm JST (UTC+9), the show delivers the latest gaming news, updates, and live gameplay to viewers via streaming video on YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch, and Periscope. KLab Games Station Overview Name:KLab Games Station When:English: Every Thursday at 12 pm (UTC+9)French: Every Thursday at 7 pm (UTC+9)Arabic: Every Thursday at 5 pm (UTC+9)Thai: Every Thursday at 9 pm (UTC+9) Cantonese: Every Friday at 5 pm (UTC+9)Mandarin: Every Friday at 12 pm (UTC+9) *1/31 Start YouTube Live:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBKuE98xlGETCGyWZblyH5w Facebook Live:https://www.facebook.com/KLabGamesStation/ Twitch:https://www.twitch.tv/klabgamesstation Periscope:https://twitter.com/klab_en About KLab KLab is a leader in online mobile gaming. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Tokyo, the company is listed on the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. KLab has consistently ranked as one of the top 52 grossing game publishers worldwide since 2012. With its emphasis on quality and innovative games, KLab continues to grow at a rapid pace, expanding beyond the Japanese market with offices in Singapore and Shanghai. For more information about KLab, please visit http://www.klab.com/jp/english/. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200123/2700638-1-a?lang=0 Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200123/2700638-1-b?lang=0 Related Links :klab.com
Massive Battle Mode Siege War and New Action Feature Asula's Den Introduced to "Black Desert Mobile"
SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearl Abyss today announced that the massive conquest mode Siege War and a new limited-time event called Asula's Den are now live in Black Desert Mobile. The release date for the new Sorceress class has also been announced. Massive Battle Mode Siege War and New Action Feature Asula's Den Introduced to "Black Desert Mobile" Siege War is a large-scale conquest mode that sees guilds battling against each other for dominance over certain areas found in the world of Black Desert Mobile. This latest update grants guilds opportunities to best their opponents in merciless battles and lay claim to fame, glory, and various special perks. Similar to Node War, guilds that wish to participate in Siege Wars must be level 5 or higher and have 10 guild members in order to start the bidding process. Guilds that own at least a Tier 2 Node can place a bid to participate as a combatant. Participating guild members will be tasked with attacking their opponents' Holy Artifacts while also defending their own. The stakes are high as the winning team will gain control of the entire region and receive large amounts of silver as their victory reward. Asula's Den, a side-scrolling platform action feature, has also been added to Black Desert Mobile for a limited time. Adventurers can experience combat in an action-packed side-scroll view using the manual control mode. Those who wish to enter the mode must have a Black Spirit level of at least 30. A golden box full of precious items will be awarded to those who emerge victorious. Meanwhile, the release date of the long-awaited Sorceress class has been revealed. Adventurers can sign up here to receive updates and special rewards before this master of dark magic is playable on January 29. Find more information about Black Desert Mobile on the official website at http://www.world.blackdesertm.com. About Pearl Abyss Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss has developed the MMORPG franchise Black Desert for PC, mobile, and console. All their games are built on their proprietary engine and are renowned for their cutting-edge graphics. With multiple projects in the works, they are poised to continue their growth through 2020 and beyond to maintain their position as a leading developer in the game industry. More information about Pearl Abyss is available at www.pearlabyss.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200122/2699361-1?lang=0 Related Links :http://www.pearlabyss.com
Black Desert Mobile Awarded Best Audio/Visual Accomplishment at Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards 2020
Sole Korean developer to win the award amidst heavy competition from Supercell and EA The game continues to see regular content updates and marketing tailored to domestic markets after a smooth launch SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearl Abyss today announced that Black Desert Mobile has won the Best Audio/Visual Accomplishment at the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards 2020. Black Desert Mobile Awarded at Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards 2020 Pocket Gamer, the largest global mobile gaming media website, hosted the game awards during PG Connects held on January 20-21. The Pocket Gamer Mobile Game Awards is a global award ceremony that recognizes the best games and related organizations across the industry over the previous year, including game developers and publishers. Pearl Abyss is the only Korean game developer to win an award this year amidst heavy competition from other popular game developers and publishers such as Supercell and Electronic Arts. On January 17, Black Desert Mobile also won Best Mobile Game at the GoHa Awards 2019, hosted by GoHa.Ru, one of the largest online game websites in Russia. With recognition from global game media outlets, Pearl Abyss will continue to provide regular content updates and further service stabilization for Black Desert Mobile users across the world. About Black Desert Black Desert is Pearl Abyss' open-world action MMORPG with cutting-edge visuals and skill-based combat that redefines the genre. With the most developed character customization system of any game currently on the market, users can break out of the norm and make unique characters that truly represent themselves. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will excite both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs. About Pearl Abyss Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss has developed the MMORPG franchise Black Desert for PC, mobile, and console. All their games are built on their proprietary engine and are renowned for their cutting-edge graphics. With multiple projects in the works, they are poised to continue their growth through 2020 and beyond to maintain their position as a leading developer in the game industry. More information about Pearl Abyss is available at www.pearlabyss.com. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200122/2699267-1?lang=0 Related Links :http://www.pearlabyss.com
Black Desert Online’s Guardian Will Receive Her Awakening on February 5th
Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss have announced new details for further updates on their upcoming class, the Guardian. Following her release next week, the Guardian will get her Awakening skills two weeks after that on February 5th. With her Awakening, the Guardian wields the Jördun, a massive polearm that burns with the holy flame of Ynix, the magic fire that has the power to slay even the gods themselves. The Guardian’s Awakening skills massively improve her Area of Effect potential, allowing her to take on large groups of enemies at once. Additionally, as part of their ongoing Succession update, this week another class receives her Succession skills. The elegant but mysterious Dark Knight can wield updated skills of her original main-weapon, the Kriegsmesser. By giving up the versatility of her Awakening skills, players can choose to specialize in Succession skills which give them powerful versions of their main-weapon skills. Players can unlock their Succession skills at level 56 by accepting a quest from their Black Spirit companion. The Dark Knight Succession is now available for players of Black Desert Online. Additionally, the new Guardian class will be available for pre-creation, players that complete a questline in the pre-creation week can earn bonus in-game rewards such as an exclusive horn the Guardian can use to call her mount. The class will become available next week on January 22, with her Awakening update to follow on February 5.