Tencent-backed live streaming platform Douyu aims to raise USD 500 million in US IPO

It made USD 531.5 million in revenue last year from virtual gift sales, advertising, and game distribution.

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Tencent-backed live streaming platform Douyu aims to raise USD 500 million in US IPO

China’s largest game live streaming platform Douyu filed for an initial public offering of American depositary shares with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, aiming to raise up to USD 500 million.

The company applied for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DOYU.”

Douyu, which had 153.5 million monthly active users on average during the fourth quarter of 2018, made RMB 3.65 billion (USD 531.5 million) in revenue last year from virtual gift sales, advertising, and game distribution, according to its prospectus.

However, the company made a net loss of RMB 876.3 million (USD 127.4 million) over the same period.

China’s gaming giant Tencent, via one of its subsidiaries, has poured funds into Douyu’s Series B-2, Series C-1, and Series E rounds of financing, the prospectus showed.

Huya, another game live streaming site backed by Tencent, made a net loss of RMB 1.9 billion (USD 281.8 million) in 2018.

The company, which raised USD 180 million in its initial public offering in May 2018, earlier this month sold another 13.6 million American Depositary Shares to public investors to gain USD 326.4 million, KrAria reported.

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Editor: Nadine Freischlad