Changyou to Acquire a Majority Stake in Social Communication Software Provider Raidcall
New York, November 20, 2013 – Changyou.com Limited ("Changyou" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CYOU), a leading online game developer and operator in China, and Kalends Inc. ("Kalends"), a provider of comprehensive Internet products and services for the global market, today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive investment agreement (the "Investment Agreement") pursuant to which Changyou will acquire 62.5% of the equity interests, on a fully-diluted basis, of a company of Kalends outside of China that will hold all of the assets associated with Raidcall ("Raidcall"), a free social communication platform (such assets, the "Raidcall Business"), for US$50 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in December 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. This acquisition accelerates Changyou's progress toward creating a global gamer platform.
Mr. Dewen Chen, Changyou's president, said, "With over 20 million registered users globally, Raidcall is a popular, high-quality communication software used by gamers for real-time audio group chat while they play online games. With this transaction, Changyou offers gamers a more comprehensive selection of products and moves forward in its plan to develop a platform business. In addition, we will add a proven team of top engineers, and we are confident in their capabilities to continue to make Raidcall a popular product in new countries that we market to."
Mr. Yahui Zhou, chairman and chief executive officer of Kalends, said, "Kalends and Changyou share the same passion in providing the best-in-class products and services to gamers. With Changyou's investment in the Raidcall Business and their expertise and capabilities in marketing, we see greater chance for success and an even larger potential to grow Raidcall's presence globally."
Raidcall is a free social communication software that facilitates real-time online group activities via voice, text and video, allowing users to create and organize groups of varying size to participate in a wide range of online group activities such as online games, music, karaoke and other live performance dynamics. Raidcall has provided group communication services to over 20 million registered users to-date, including world-class professional gaming teams such as Fnatic and Evil Geniuses. Available in 14 different languages, Raidcall currently operates overseas in multiple regions, such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Brazil, Russia, and others.
Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU) is a leading developer and operator of online games in China with a diverse portfolio of online games that includes Tian Long Ba Bu, one of the most popular massively multi-player online (“MMO”) games in China, and DDTank and Wartune (also known as Shen Qu), which are two popular web games in China. 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 Inc. (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/.
Founded in 2008, Kalends Inc. is a provider of comprehensive Internet products and services for the global market. Kalends has three core businesses that include the development and global publishing of online games, the development and operation of the Raidcall social communication platform, and the operation of the Brothersoft free software download directory. Kalends is one of the leading mobile game and web game developers and operators in China. It also publishes mobile games and web games overseas. For more information, please visit http://www.kalends.cn/.
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