CDC Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of of CDC Corporation's (CHINA) China.com Inc, has acquired the mainland China game license to Special Force from Korean developer Dragonfly.
Following in the footsteps of Yulgang, CDC's original online game in China, Special Force will be free to play with players paying for virtual merchandise. Special Force will leverage the nationwide server network developed by CDC Games to support Yulgang's operations. The new game is expected to launch by the end of 2006.
"Dragonfly is excited to be partnering with CDC Games, one of the most successful online game companies in China. Based on their outstanding track record we have very high hopes for this new game in China. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with them," said C. W. Park, Chief Executive Officer of Dragonfly.
Special Force was launched in Korea in July 2004 and has been the top ranked online game in Korea's Internet cafes for the past year with close to 12% market share in a recent survey by a leading games research company. It has over 11 million registered users and a professional league with 36 teams and the richest prize money for online gaming in Korea.
"We are proud to bring one of Korea's most popular games to our users in China," said Dr. Xiaowei Chen, Chief Financial Officer of China.com Inc. "With the continuing success of Yulgang and the enormous potential we see for Special Force, CDC Games is well positioned to continue to grow and maintain its position as a leader in online gaming in China."