Youzu Interactive to Acquire Bigpoint, for €80M

YouzoChinese developer and publisher of online and mobile games Youzu Interactive (002174.SZ) is to acquire a 100% stake of Bigpoint, a Hamburg, Germany-based game developer , for €80m.

The acquisition is expected to help Youzu expand its global reach and enhance its global development and distribution capability.

Established in in 2002, Bigpoint is an online and mobile game developer, content provider and operator in Europe, with complete development-operation chain, development capability, game distribution platform, IP resources, and veteran development & operation experience.

Bigpoint, which collected revenue from 60 games and operated 15 games by December 2015, has distributed games to over 200 countries in 25 languages. It has cooperation with 1,500 international social platforms with high penetration rate in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Turkey. Its browser game Dark Orbit has 82.55m registered users, while Seafight 42.55m and Drakensang Online 32.77m.
In 2016, the company will release a browser game based on the IP A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones.

Founded in 2009 by Mr. Qi Lin, Youzu Interactive has a distribution network currently covering over 150 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East and South America. In addition, the company has established cooperation with nearly 1,000 overseas partners including platforms, media and operators, and enhanced its relations with Facebook and Google.
With headquarters in Shanghai and offices in Nanjing, Taipei, and Singapore, Youzu focuses on global development and distribution of games, application of big data, IP management and engineering, and strategic investment in entertainment industry.
In June 2014, the company YOUZU Interactive was officially listed on the capital market, becoming the first domestic A-share gaming company in China.



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