10 Dec 2010 13:30

The9 to launch social gaming platform OpenFeint in China

Shanghai. December 10. INTERFAX-CHINA - Nasdaq-listed Chinese game operator The9 Ltd. will launch a mainland China version of OpenFeint, a mobile social networking service (SNS) platform, on Dec. 21, it announced on Dec. 10.

A The9 spokesman declined to disclose any financial details surrounding the launch when contacted by Interfax on Dec. 10.

Developed by U.S.-based Aurora Feint, OpenFeint is a social platform and application for Apple Inc.'s iOS and Google Inc.'s Android. It has more than 13,000 registered developers, some 3,800 SNS games and nearly 50 million users.

The9 announced in July this year that it made a strategic minority equity investment in Aurora Feint. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed at the time.