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Dungeons and Dragons arrives in China

27/04/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Shanda Interactive Entertainment, an operator of online games in China, has announced that it will be signing a deal to bring Dungeons & Dragons Online to China.

Under the agreement, Shanda will hold the exclusive rights in China to operate a 3D massively multiplayer online role playing game, or MMORPG based on the Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons game.

The game is expected to launch in China in the second half of 2005. China represents one of the world's largest markets for online games, with International Data Corporation, a market research company, estimating a market valued at $1.3 billion by 2009. In 2004, Shanda had approximately 2.0 million peak concurrent users playing its online games.

"As the pioneer of traditional role-playing games, Dungeons & Dragons Online is a terrific addition to our leading portfolio of both internally developed and licensed online game offerings," said Tianqiao Chen, chief executive officer of Shanda. "Turbine has done a tremendous job adapting this signature title to the virtual world, and we look forward to bringing a rich game experience to China's gamers via our national distribution platform."

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