Tencent To Acquire 14.6% Of Glu Mobile For $126M

Tencent Holdings Limited has agreed to acquire approximately 14.6% of San Francisco-based mobile gaming firm Glu Mobile Inc. for US$126 million, further expanding the Chinese Internet firm’s gaming assets globally, according to a company announcement.

Tencent is to purchase 21 million shares of Glu’s common stock at a price of US$6.00 per share. The deal, which is structured in two tranches, will be completed in the second quarter this year.

After the completion of the deal, Tencent will own approximately 14.6% of Glu’s total shares on a fully-diluted and converted basis.

Steven Ma, head of Tencent’s Interactive Entertainment Group, has joined Glu’s board.

"Tencent was attracted to Glu due to its five-year growth track record…and unique approach to methodically building a portfolio of success in (different gaming) genres," says Steven Ma.

In January 2015, Tencent said it planned to acquire Chinese online gaming portal 17173.com for US$1 billion.

In September 2014, Tencent invested 20 billion Korean Won (US$19.7 million) in Korean mobile game developer, PATI Games.

In March 2014, Tencent agreed to acquire 28% of South Korea’s gaming company, CJ Games, for US$500 million.

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