SNK Playmore acquired by Chinese Company

SNK_logoA while ago, we reported that SNK Playmore was possibly in talks to be acquired by a Chinese company called Leyou Technologies.  The news originated from a stock filing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  Though the exact name of the target company was not identified in the document, the details highly suggest that it was SNK Playmore.  Since then, things have been relatively quiet and just when one would think that the deal has gone south, more news have surfaced recently and it seems like the deal have taken a different turn.

In a surprising twist, two different companies – Oriental Securities and Shunrong Sanqi have established a joint venture called Zheyuan to invest in Ledo Millenium, a subsidiary of Leyou Technologies.  Through Ledo Millenium, the newly formed joint venture will pay 63.5 million USD to acquire 81.25% of SNK Playmore’s shares directly from former SNK CEO Eikichi Kawasaki and wife Natsuyo Kawasaki.  The shares will give them majority control of SNK Playmore.  The acquisition puts SNK Playmore a valuation at 78 million USD.  The transaction was finalized on 8/6/2015 in Osaka, Japan.

Dongfang Xinghui (subsidiary of Oriental Securities) will be the majority shareholder of the joint venture with 80% of the shares.  The CEO of Dongfang Xingui, Zheng Jianhui commented that the main reason for their acquisition of SNK Playmore is their vast number of game IPs and the all the tie-ins the SNK characters are involved in.  In particular, he mentioned that going forward they aim to follow the “Marvel formula,” where the Marvel Universe has branched off into different spaces including comics, games, television, and movies to form a complete and synergistic IP portfolio.  He is also looking forward to collaborations with other Chinese companies to develop games, anime, manga, televisions, and movies in order to fully develop SNK’s intellectual property.

Shunrong Sanqi, the minority owner of the joint venture is a Chinese online gaming giant. The company has recently acquired stakes in various media companies.  Their cofounder and director, Wu Xushun, has recently joined the ranks of online game billionaires.

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Official announcement from Shunrong Sanqi

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Dream Cancel KOF98UMFE Steam Battle #3 Results

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This past Steam Battle for KOF98UMFE, we had over 10 players joining us! To check out the scores and results, visit the forum thread where they are posted:
http://dreamcancel.com/forum/index.php?topic=3471

1.) TheSh1ning (EGN Schmoo): 8 wins (32 PlayKOF points)
2.) mario-kof (Mario E): 5 wins (16 PlayKOF points)
3.) PR 6-Let: 3 wins (8 PlayKOF points)
4.) Great Dark Hero: 2 wins (4 PlayKOF points)
5.) Mr Bakaboy, desmond_kof: 1 wins (2 PlayKOF points)
5.) HelloM8: 1 wins (2 PlayKOF points)
7.) OverHeat76: (1 PlayKOF points)
7.) pdk, bpakito: (1 PlayKOF points)

Next game for the Steam Battle will be KOF2002UM! Check out details here:
http://dreamcancel.com/forum/index.php?topic=3476.0

Dream Cancel Adds $250 To The Prize Pool For KOF13 at NEC16 & Is Added To The Journey To Dream Cancel Cup

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The King of Fighters XIII tournament at Northeast Championships 16 that is being held in Philadelphia, December 4th-6th is officially now a premier event in the Journey To Dream Cancel Cup circuit! Added to the already huge bonus prize pool is $250 from us at Dream Cancel! Big thanks to BigEGaming! More information will be added soon!

SNK Playmore’s recruitment page updated with Leona model

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SNK Playmore just announced through their Japanese Twitter account that they’ve updated their recruitment page – it now lists two new planner positions, one for a planner to work on a KoF title, and another for mobile titles. Experience and Japanese fluency are expected

Additionally, it displays the picture above, hinting that Leona is a likely addition to the next KoF title, along with Kyo and Iori, who were depicted in previous versions of the banner.

 

 

KOFXIII: ASH, SAIKI, BILLY, EX CHARACTERS, KIM TEAM 100% COMBO VIDEO BY PERSONA – Re-Uploaded

PersonaEntertainment recently re-uploaded a older combo video that was originally uploaded a few months ago if you remember:
http://dreamcancel.com/2015/04/20/kofxiii-ash-saiki-billy-ex-characters-kim-team-100-combo-video-by-persona/

This combo video shows 100% damage combos using Ash, Saiki, Billy, EX Kyo, EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim, Hwa Jai, and Raiden!

Source: PersonaEntertainment

Journey To Dream Cancel Cup Update: NYC’s KOF Weekend @ SB2 In August Joins Circuit

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Galley The Pirate is running a KOF-centric focused tournament Saturday August 15th at Start Up Box in the South Bronx. More information will be added soon.

The tournament will featured King of Fighters XIII, King of Fighters 2002UM, and King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match Final Edition on Steam!

This tournament will join the Journey To Dream Cancel Cup as a Pit Stop Qualifier, so if you’re in the east coast USA region, come out to support and play! Dream Cancel T-shirts will be awarded to the first place winners of each KOF game!

Source: KOF Weekend @ SB Facebook Page

EVO 2015 KOF13 Side Tournament Pools Match Videos by KingsofCo

Kingsofco are currently uploading match videos from the KOF13 side tournament at EV02015 that they streamed Friday July 17th! Features excellent commentary by Fro, Hellpockets, Juicebox, The Answer and others!

Choysauce vs KC Notor1ous

KCO Pedro vs Pandora

DT Fory vs Choysauce

Check out the kingsofco channel for more videos! Be sure to subscribe as well!

Dream Cancel KOF98UMFE Steam Battle #3 – Sunday 8/2/2015

On Sunday August 2nd will be our 3rd steam battle for King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match Final Edition! We will meet up and play together Sunday at 2pm Central time/3pm Eastern Standard Time!

Optional check-in is 30 minutes before the session starts (1:30pm CST, 2:30pm EST) and we will stop collecting scores at 6pm CST/7pm EST.

We will meet in the group chat for the game:
http://steam//friends/joinchat/103582791433989595

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This is a Journey To Dream Cancel Cup online event to play for PlayKOF ranking points!

http://dreamcancel.com/journey-to-dream-cancel-cup/

All players in attendance will play each other in a first to 3 wins set. Everyone will play at the same time. After you have finished playing with one person, move on to the next available player and so on (in the chat say “FREE” when you are available). When you are playing, please try to keep track of your score either through chat reminders or tally marks on pen and paper. Report your final score in the group chat. All players wins will be tallied, ranked and posted at the end.

It is recommended you try to play as many different people as possible, and you are allowed to rematch with previous opponents once.

Top 3 scoring players will PlayKOF points and will be added to the ranking board!

If you’re playing someone you’ve never faced before, be sure to run a test match to make sure both of your connections feel playable to each other. If they don’t, you can opt out and face another person with a better connection.

While you are playing in the session make sure your connection is free and isn’t being used to stream video or upload or download files. Also make sure that your connection isn’t being used or shared by anyone else on your network.

No wireless connections, please!

See you then!

Dream Cancel Forum Thread: http://dreamcancel.com/forum/index.php?topic=3471.0

Athena “The Wonders After Command Grab” Video By Misterio

Misterio recorded and uploaded a 11 minute video showcasing damage and screen positing options from Athena’s command grab (hcf+P)! The combos start off with low amounts of meter then progresses to harder HD combos using more drive and super stocks!

If you play Athena, try some of these in practice mode! Share your thoughts on this video in the comment section below or in the KOFXIII Athena discussion forum: http://dreamcancel.com/forum/index.php?board=80.0

Source: Youtube via twitter

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