As Tencent continues their breakneck expansion into entertainment, it seems they have found the droids they are looking for.

The internet giant has officially signed a deal to become the exclusive online distributor of the first six Star Wars films, inking a deal with their new owner, Walt Disney. It comes as fans are now eagerly counting down the final days before the highly-anticipated seventh installment; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Just three days ago Tencent launched Penguin Pictures, a new movie production unit aiming to produce 10-15 movies per year. Tencent pictures, a similar venture, was established last year. Alibaba established their own film and entertainment arm early this year following the $800 million USD acquisition of Hong-Kong based ChinaVision.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com