- Making good on a November Marbridge Consulting report, Baidu (BIDU +4.1%) has reached a deal to acquire Perfect World's (PWRD +1.8%) Huanxiang Zongheng online literature business (provides Chinese e-books, digital comics, and animations) for RMB191.5M ($31.5M). (PR)
- Marbridge previously noted Zongheng offers 100K+ e-book titles, receives 60M+ daily page views, and gets over 1/3 of its site traffic via mobile.
- The purchase is the latest in a string of 2013 acquisitions by Baidu, as the Chinese search giant attempts to create a far-reaching empire of Web/mobile content and services. Prior acquisitions: PPS, 91 Wireless, Nuomi.
- Perfect World says the deal will allow it to focus on its core online gaming business. The company has been investing heavily in both developing new games and promoting existing ones.