Sina Tech, 12/03/13
Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba Group has begun recruiting mobile game designers, software engineers, and other mobile gaming-related employees, according to industry sources. Alibaba is rumored to be considering a partnership with Chinese online game developer and operator Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA) to enter the mobile gaming industry. Giant Interactive CEO Shi Yuzhu is a personal friend of Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma.
According to various Chinese headhunting agencies, Alibaba's Digital Entertainment Business Group, formed in September, is actively seeking to hire employees with experience in game development and video technology.
Editor's Note: For more background on Alibaba's Digital Entertainment Business Group, please see "Alibaba Establishes New Business Groups" MD 9/12/13 issue.