"We have been working diligently to localize 'Dota 2' for Chinese players and we are now ready to launch unlimited closed beta testing in China for the game," said Robert Xiao, CEO of Chinese online game operator Perfect World Co. "We highly look forward to embracing a new world of players to the game and bringing them abundant excitement and fun."
Once the beta test has launched, Dota 2 will be available as a free download. Like its North American iteration, the game will also offer players a host of microtransactions for various in-game items.
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"DOTA2" is a world-famous online game with a unique mix of action, RTS and RPG gameplay, and has become one of the most popular games at professional e-sport competitions. Developed by Valve, a leading entertainment software and technology company based in the United States, "DOTA2" has attracted wide attention from players worldwide.
Mr. Robert Xiao, Chief Executive Officer of Perfect World commented, "We have been working diligently to localize 'DOTA2' for Chinese players and we are now ready to launch unlimited closed beta testing in China for the game. We highly look forward to embracing a new world of players to the game and bringing them abundant excitement and fun."
About Perfect World Co., Ltd. (http://www.pwrd.com)
Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD) is a leading online game developer and operator based in China. Perfect World primarily develops online games based on proprietary game engines and game development platforms. Perfect World's strong technology and creative game design capabilities, combined with extensive knowledge and experiences in the online game market, enable it to frequently and promptly introduce popular games designed to cater changing customer preferences and market trends. Perfect World's current portfolio of self-developed online games includes massively multiplayer online role playing games ("MMORPGs"): "Perfect World," "Legend of Martial Arts," "Perfect World II," "Zhu Xian," "Chi Bi," "Pocketpet Journey West," "Battle of the Immortals," "Fantasy Zhu Xian," "Forsaken World," "Dragon Excalibur," "Empire of the Immortals," "Return of the Condor Heroes," "Saint Seiya Online," "Swordsman Online," and "Holy King;" an online casual game: "Hot Dance Party;" and a number of web games and mobile games. While a majority of the revenues are generated in China, Perfect World operates its games in North America, Europe, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia through its own subsidiaries. Perfect World's games have also been licensed to leading game operators in a number of countries and regions in Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Russian Federation and other Russian speaking territories. Perfect World intends to continue to explore new and innovative business models and is committed to maximizing shareholder value over time.
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