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To Russia With Love From Giant

Chinese online game developer Giant Interactive Group Inc. has signed an agreement with Russia's Astrum Nival LLC to grant a license to Astrum Nival to operate ZT Online in the Russian Federation and other Russian speaking territories.

Dmitry Devishev, Astrum Nival's chief executive officer, commented, "We welcome the opportunity to add an online game as renowned as ZT Online into our product offering. I am confident that Giant's reputation for developing innovative and exciting games, coupled with Astrum Nival's expertise in the Russian online game market, will prove a successful combination."

ZT Online is Giant Interactive's first internally-developed 2D free-to-play MMORPG. Since its commercial launch, ZT Online has reached peak concurrent user levels over 2.1 million. As a free-to-play game, revenues are derived from in-game purchases of virtual items and services.

Astrum Nival is the exclusive operator in Russia and CIS of ZT Online, Perfect World, Granado Espada, and Pirate King Online. Founded in 2006, Astrum Nival is headquartered in Moscow, with development studios in Moscow and Voronezh, Russian Federation.

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