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Apple plots 'World of iCraft' gaming on Chinese dev purchase

Apple is in talks to acquire a Chinese online game developer, Handseeing Information Technology Co., according to China’s Xinhua News Agency, which cited Handseeing Deputy General Manager Tian Bo as its source.

It seems the two sides are negotiating the deal with talks set to end by next month. A deal would represent Apple’s first such acquiisition in China.

The company employs 200 developers engaged in rich internet-based application development, wiht a focus on community and online games. The company had plans to introduce five new games in 2010.

n June 2009, Shenzhen-based Green Pine Capital Partners Co., Ltd. invested CNY 50 million in Handseeing Information in exchange for about 25% to 35% stakes in it. The deal with Apple will quintuple Green Pine Capital’s return on investment.

The company last year won the 2009 Chinese Game Industry Annual Conference Special Award.

And doesn’t the game above look like it offers all the MMORPG fun of Warcraft? And which company has been developing its own community gaming solution recently?

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