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The9 Limited Announces Signing of Letter of Intent for Sale of Certain Businesses

SHANGHAI, March 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY) ("The9"), an online game developer and operator, announced today that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with a company with its principal business operations in China (the "Acquirer") to dispose of certain businesses. In particular, according to the letter of intent, the Acquirer plans to acquire Shanghai Huopu Cloud Computing Terminal Technology Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned consolidated variable interest entity of The9, which mainly holds two web games including ReXue NBA for a total consideration of RMB200 million. It the acquisition proceeds as planned, the Acquirer will also be granted a priority right to license the game Firefall in China. According to the letter of intent, a definitive agreement is expected to be signed in April 2014 subject to, among other conditions, satisfactory completion of due diligence by the Acquirer. There is no assurance that the transaction will proceed as parties expect and a press release will be issued in the event that parties enter into any definitive agreement with respect to the business disposal.

About The9

The9 Limited is an online game developer and operator. The9 develops and operates, directly or through its affiliates, its proprietary MMO, web and mobile games including Firefall, QiJiGuiLai, ReXue NBA and TianTianWenXiYou. In 2010, The9 established its wireless business unit to focus on mobile internet business including mobile advertising platform Juzi and mobile reading platform KingReader. In 2013, The9 formed a joint venture with Shanghai ZTE to develop and operate home entertainment set top box business.

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the business outlook and quotations from management in this press release contain forward-looking statements. The9 may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 20-F and 6-K, etc., in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about The9's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, political and economic policies of the Chinese government, the laws and regulations governing the online game industry, information disseminated over the Internet and Internet content providers in China, intensified government regulation of Internet cafes, The9's ability to retain existing players and attract new players, license, develop or acquire additional online games that are appealing to users, anticipate and adapt to changing consumer preferences and respond to competitive market conditions, and other risks and uncertainties outlined in The9's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual reports on Form 20-F. The9 does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Phyllis Sai
Manager, Investor Relations
The9 Limited
Tel: +86 (21) 5172-9990
Email: [email protected]


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