REYKJAVIK, ICELAND and SHANGHAI, CHINA -- Feb 22, 2012 - CCP Games today announced that it has granted online game publisher TianCity exclusive rights to publish the renowned science-fiction MMORPG EVE Online in mainland China.
The two companies announced their partnership at a press conference in Shanghai, where Cao Nianbao, Chairman of TianCity and Jon Horddal, COO of CCP Games and Managing Director of CCP Asia, led the presentation, stating they were "starting a journey to a new era." Members of the TianCity EVE Online operations team provided an overview of EVE Online and the new features in the coming expansion, along with the first Chinese viewing of the EVE Online: New Era trailer. The latest release will be deployed in the second quarter of 2012, with greatly optimized graphics and performance improvements that will give Chinese players the full benefit of CCP's leading-edge Carbon technology platform.
With more than 400,000 active players from over 200 countries, EVE Online is unique in the world of MMOs, having grown every year since its launch for 8 consecutive years. Now EVE is poised for further growth in China, with a mature community and a stable in-game social structure.
"Over the past six years, EVE Online has attracted a large and enthusiastic player base in mainland China," said Jon Horddal. "Our partnership with TianCity brings the potential for explosive new growth in the Chinese market. We will work together to give Chinese players new opportunities to make their fortunes, create their legends and forge their own destinies along with legions of fellow gamers in the universe of EVE Online."
About EVE Online
EVE Online is a captivating, open-ended gaming experience in which hundreds of thousands of players compete within the same virtual cosmic universe for riches, power, glory and adventure. EVE players can create and live out their most virtuous or sinister dreams, piloting starships through a futuristic galaxy featuring a sophisticated player-run economy and thousands of solar systems rife with treasures to be discovered. With professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander and more, EVE players have access to a diverse array of tools and interfaces to forge their own exhilarating path. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com.
TianCity, a brand of Shanghai Posts & Telecommunications Technology CO., LTD, is an online entertainment hub for all age groups. Since 2005, it has successfully published a number of super-hot online games such as Mabinogi, KartRider and Counter Strike Online, serving Chinese players with many high quality and diverse games. In 2011, TianCity stepped up with Mabinogi Heroes, a next-gen 3D hack and slash MMORPG with realistic graphics. TianCity is also about to roll out Tornado Force, an exemplary work in the genre of 3rd-gen online FPS as well as the first movie-like gun shooting game. Those two games will show Chinese players an online game extravaganza like they've never seen before. Aside from that, TianCity hosts several fascinating Web games, making up a vibrant social network. It also shows to the public that TianCity has a diverse business model. With many years' efforts and experience, we believe that TianCity, one of the top 10 online game publishers in China, will continue to operate its business under the motto, "Let the game create joys for you," bringing Chinese players even more fantastic online gaming experiences in the future.
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