Mahjong Time and Ai Media Launch Ai Mahjong in China
September 4, 2008 (San Diego, CALIFORNIA) – Mahjong Time, an innovative provider of online mahjong gaming software and turnkey solutions and official partner of the World Series of Mahjong (WSOM), has signed its second major licensee – Ai Media Group Limited (Ai Media, a leading online entertainment provider in China. Ai Media and Mahjong Time will soft launch the destination Ai Mahjong at the end of September 2008. The site will offer tournament style four-player mahjong specifically for the Chinese marketplace.
Ai Media and its strategic partner offer their own payment solution via a proprietary ‘smart card’. Several major banks in China, including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and China Merchants Bank, accept the card. Currently, more than 11 million people use the smart card, and it has approximately 20,000 new daily subscribers.
Ai Media publishes and operates games from overseas game developers in China, and distributes those games to more than 50% of the internet cafes in China. The company and its partners have nationwide access to the china market and hold all the necessary licenses required for legal games operation in China. Ai Media has nationwide marketing/sales , customer support, and dedicated data centers in all major Chinese cities and is licensing Mahjong Time software for use as the game platform and engine for Ai Mahjong.
“Ai Media has been investing and involved in the China online entertainment space for many years. We have to be extremely careful in selecting the best games for the largest and most competitive market in the world. It is extremely expensive to market and launch a successful game and it takes years to capture and build a loyal customer base. That is why we have partnered with Mahjong Time, a proven company that provided us with a secure mahjong game that will appeal to the massive Chinese marketplace, “ said Olivia Hollaus, Director of Ai Media Group.
“Our unique partnership with Ai Media demonstrates Mahjong Time’s commitment to working with companies who offer value and vision, and to delivering the best software solutions to our customers.” said William Sutjiadi, CEO of Mahjong Time. “Our in-browser mahjong game offers Ai Mahjong players a secure and customizable destination to fully enjoy the most popular game in the world,” added Mr. Sutjiadi.
Founded in 2004, Mahjong Time is a San Diego-based company that is the premier provider of mahjong software and complete turnkey solutions. The Mahjong Time in-browser platform is available in seven languages and provides multiple mahjong rules sets that appeal to the needs of discerning players worldwide. Offered features include advanced subscription and tournament play, and Web 2.0 capabilities that allow players greater connectivity including the ability to establish multiple “friend” networks and to create private game rooms.
Mahjong Time is the exclusive online tournament partner of the annual World Series of Mahjong. The company is also involved in a strategic partnership with Cryptologic (NASDAQ:CRYP), the leading public developer and supplier of Internet gaming software. For more information, visit www.mahjongtime.com.
About Ai Media (www.ai-media.cn)
Ai Media is a leading publisher of online entertainment content with nationwide access to the China market. Ai Media is partners with one of China's major telecommunication operators. For more information, visit www.ai-media.cn.