Notice Concerning Business Alliance with Wazap! Operator Eastbeam
Vector Inc. (Head office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President: Nobuhiro Kajinami; “the Company”) and Eastbeam Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Meyer Uryu Timo; “Eastbeam”) have reached an agreement to form an alliance in the service of Wazap!, Japan’s largest game information site operated by Eastbeam.
Overview of the business alliance
Under the business alliance, Vector will, as required, combine various services it operates with the services of Wazap! provided by Eastbeam. Vector will provide free PC download games and free FLASH games, which are registered and made available to the public in the software download site Vector and the free FLASH game site FLIP!, for Wazap! Free Game corner that Eastbeam plans to open in late September.
Vector will also launch shortly new services that use contents from the Wazap! site in the Vector site.
Wazap! is a game information site that Eastbeam began to operate in November 2001, and is used by about six million people per month, totaling approximately 200 million page views, via PCs and mobile devices. Main services of Wazap! include a community function that enables users to exchange all kinds of game information such as tips and strategic hints, game-related news, a function that enables users to contribute videos, and the My Page function. One of the major features of Wazap! is that males between the ages of about 10 and 25 account for 70% of the users.
Meanwhile, 80% of Vector users are those in their late 20s or older. The two companies are positioning Wazap! as a promising media for those between the ages of about 10 and 25, and will jointly develop services in the fields of PCs and mobile devices and establish new earnings models in other fields by leveraging their strengths.
Outline of each site
< Wazap! >
“Wazap! is a community site where users can exchange all kinds of information such as tips and strategic hints for games, and boasts one of the largest number of accesses in Japan for a game information site. The site provides information not only about strategic hints for games but also about the date of sales of games and game access ranking. This site offers about 20,000 titles* of games and some 330,000 strategic hints. *Total number of TV, online and PC games (as of August 2008).”
< Vector >
Vector, an online software retail site which boasts one of the largest number of pieces of registered software in Japan, has an enhanced download library and comes up with the latest contents through articles on the introduction of software and e-mail news.
The site also provides license package sales service of the product software and the payment processing service of the shareware. Monthly page views of the site exceed 100 million and more than 6 million unique users visit the site in a month.
< FLIP! >
FLIP!, a new game portal site whose core items are download and online games and FLASH Game contents, particularly highlights work contributed by ordinary authors, and provides a game space where users can play readily on a browser and chat with each other.
We believe that the business alliance has little effect on Vector’s earnings for the year ending March 2009. We will let you know immediately if any significant impact is found.
Outline of the parties concerned
|Eastbeam Co., Ltd.|
|(1)||Trade name: Eastbeam Co., Ltd.|
|(2)||Representative: Meyer Uryu Timo|
|(3)||Location: Jingu-mae Happy Building 8F, 6-19-14, Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo|
|(4)||Establishment: December 24, 2003|
|(5)||Main business: Planning and operations of the comprehensive game portal site Wazap!|
|(6)||Capital: 10.0 million yen|
|(1)||Trade name: Vector Inc.|
|(2)||Representative: Nobuhiro Kajinami|
|(3)||Location: Nishi-Shinjuku KF Building 5F, 8-14-24, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo|
|(4)||Establishment: February 3, 1989|
– PC software-license download sales
– Advertisement sales (through own site banner advertisement space and own e-mail magazine advertisement space)
– Operations of advertisement servers for other companies
|(6)||Capital: 983,552,100 yen|
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