Hong Kong, December 21, 1999
Strengthens Hong Kong Web Community's Link to International Entertainment
— chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) today announced a new Internet entertainment feature called "James Bond 007" on its Hong Kong portal. The new feature, found at www.hongkong.com/007, is a series of interactive games based on the latest James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough.
The games provide viewers with the opportunity to win prizes by participation in a series of James Bond stunts on the Internet. Such stunts include "safety landing," "speed boats," "puzzle" and "ice-skiing."
The ultimate winner who complete these difficult tasks will receive prizes actually featured in the movie. They include a Seamaster watch, a special edition BMW Z8 model car, Calvin Klein sun glasses, a Caterpillar fleece jacket, and other prizes, including a Club Med package to Phuket.
Commenting on the new entertainment features at hongkong.com, Ms. Vicky Hung, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Development of chinadotcom corporation, said, "We put a heavy emphasis on building web communities throughout Asia. We see movie-based features as a great way to foster web interest in Hong Kong and in international entertainment."
Launched in July 1998, hongkong.com is a popular local web site offering news, entertainment information and interactive chat services. It also offers shopping and bargain hunting information through Shop4U, entertainment updates through Free4U, chat groups through Home4U, and free e-mail and e-stories through Post4U, which has more than 300,000 users.
Hongkong.com has worked throughout 1999 to promote a number of internationally acclaimed movies. This included a popular contest on its homepage based on the romantic comedy You've Got Mail and another contest based on the popular next-generation science fiction Matrix. The contests ended with special previews of movies for all contest winners. In addition, hongkong.com has sponsored leading box office hits in Asia, such as Haunted School 4 and Bayside Shakedown from Japan and Half Smoked from Hong Kong.
"We are delighted at the innovative content that has consistently originated from hongkong.com. Because of this, and equally creative content from our other portal sites, chinadotcom has registered over one million registered users on our portal network china.com, cww.com, hongkong.com and taiwan.com. Our popularity in Greater China is being strengthened daily," added Ms. Hung.
About chinadotcom corporation
chinadotcom corporation is the first pan-Asian integrated Internet company listed in the United States (NASDAQ: CHINA). The company provides a full range of Internet services that; 1) build e-commerce strategy and solutions (the Web Connection), 2) distribute content via its portal network (china.com, cww.com, hongkong.com, and taiwan.com), and 3) sell services through online advertising (24/7 Media Asia). chinadotcom corporation is committed to enabling digital communities to realize their full potential, thereby facilitating the development of the Internet in China and across Asia. The company has over 800 employees in 21 offices across 10 Asian markets, including Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. Major corporate shareholders include America Online Inc., Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Nortel Network Corporation, Sun Microsystems Inc., New World Infrastructure Limited and 24/7 Media Inc.
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