GUANGZHOU, China, March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a leading live streaming social media platform in China, today announced that HUYA Inc. ("Huya"), a majority-controlled subsidiary of YY, entered into definitive agreements for its series B equity financing with Tencent. The financing has been completed today. The total amount raised in this round is approximately US$461.6 million. After the completion of this transaction, YY maintains control over Huya. In connection with this around of financing, Tencent has also obtained a right, exercisable between the second and third anniversary of the closing date, to purchase additional Huya shares at fair market price to reach 50.1% of the voting power in Huya.

"We are very excited about Huya's completion of series B equity financing from Tencent," said Mr. David Xueling Li, Chairman and acting Chief Executive Officer of YY. "This investment will reinforce and solidify Huya as the leader in the fast-growing game live streaming market in China. Supported by Tencent's strong capabilities in game development, distribution and operation, Huya will march into a new era of building and maintaining the largest game live streaming and e-sports community for young generations in China. Meanwhile, Huya remains a major asset of YY, continuously bringing significant value for YY shareholders."

About YY Inc.

YY Inc. ("YY" or the "Company") is a leading live streaming social media platform in China. The Company's highly engaged users contribute to a vibrant social community by creating, sharing and enjoying a vast range of entertainment content and activities. YY enables users to interact with each other in real-time through online live media and offers users a uniquely engaging and immersive entertainment experience. YY Inc. was listed on the NASDAQ in November 2012.

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