SINGAPORE, Nov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sea Limited (SE) ("Sea" or the "Company") today announced that Garena, the company's digital entertainment arm, and an affiliate of Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent") have signed a binding letter of intent under which Tencent will grant Garena a right of first refusal to publish Tencent's mobile and PC games in Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The arrangement strengthens a long-standing strategic partnership between Garena and Tencent. Garena already publishes a number of the most successful games from Tencent's portfolio in its core markets, including Arena of Valor and League of Legends.
Following the implementation of this arrangement, the two companies intend to work closely together to identify strategic opportunities to distribute and promote top titles from Tencent's portfolio in the relevant markets. The arrangement will be in force for a period of five years.
Forrest Li, Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Sea, said, "Tencent is a global leader in the video games industry, with a portfolio that includes some of the world's most popular and engaging titles. This arrangement further solidifies our strategic partnership with Tencent to bring top quality IP to the large and growing games community in our region. Tencent has long been one of our most valued partners, and we are excited to work even more closely together to develop new opportunities in the relevant markets over the long run."
Martin Lau, President of Tencent, said, "Garena operates across some of the fastest-growing markets globally, and has a deep understanding of the dynamics in these regions. Our long-term partnership and collaborations with Garena on key titles have been successful, and we are glad to further deepen our strategic partnership through this arrangement. We look forward to closely working with Garena in offering users new and exciting titles in the years ahead."
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About Sea Limited
Sea's mission is to better the lives of the consumers and small businesses of our region with technology. Our region includes the key markets of Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. Sea operates three platforms across digital entertainment, e-commerce, and digital financial services, known as Garena, Shopee, and AirPay, respectively.
About Tencent Holdings Limited
Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Our social products Weixin and QQ link our users to a rich digital content catalogue including games, video, music and books. Our proprietary targeting technology helps advertisers reach out to hundreds of millions of consumers in China. Our infrastructure services including payment, security, cloud and artificial intelligence create differentiated offerings and support our partners' business growth. Tencent invests heavily in people and innovation, enabling us to evolve with the Internet. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China, in 1998. Shares of Tencent (00700.HK) are traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
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