It’s a curious piece of news: Foxconn, a hardware manufacturer that employs legions of workers to make smartphones for Apple and Samsung, has invested US$2.2 million into Project Goth, the Singapore-based parent company behind microblogging app mig33. Foxconn will receive existing equity in mig33 and get the rights to new shares, which will be available once mig33′s completes its listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
At the Global Mobile Game Congress in Beijing earlier this week, I was invited to moderate a panel on a subject I admittedly was not an expert in. Luckily, I was joined by an experienced panel who gave me a crash course in Southeast Asia’s mobile gaming industry. They included global head of game partnerships at Google, Sergio Salvador; chieftain of Inzen Studio, Gerald Tock; founder and CEO of Sanuk Games, Yan Marchal; CEO of Appota, Do Tuan Anh; and founder and CEO of Mig33, Steven Goh.
Mig33, a mobile social networking platform headquartered in Singapore, has today announced its acquisition of Alivenotdead.com, a site which connects artists with fans. Transaction details were not disclosed. Alivenotdead was founded in 2007 by a group of Hong Kong artists, including film star Daniel Wu, along with some of the co-founders of Rotten Tomatoes, a popular movie review site. Other prominent artists on the network include Vanness Wu, Jet Li, Nicholas Tse, and Karen Mok.