The IPO-bound Internet giant Alibaba Group entered an exclusive partnership with U.S. mobile game Dots, which will be the first western developed game to land on Alibaba’s mobile gaming platform. Dots will go live for free download in China under the name 点点 (DOTS) via Mobile Taobao application by 9:00 pm today.

For most Chinese users, Mobile Taobao is more commonly known as a m-commerce service. Although Mobile Taobao may not be our first option in finding hit mobile games, it may still lure lots of users to try out the integrated gaming and app distribution functionalities given the huge downloads.

As a dominating force in Chinese e-commerce market, Alibaba is still a latecomer in gaming sector. The company launched a mobile game platform earlier this year driven by the rising mobile game trend. Tencent, a major rival of Alibaba, has recorded 10.39 billion yuan ($1.68bn) of revenue from online game sector in Q1 this year. In addition to home-grown games, Tencent also planned to add several international hit titles, such as Candy Crush Saga and Taming Monster.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.