Where the Comment is King

THE NEWS COMMENTER

VOTE  (0)  (0)

South Korea's biggest web company acquires Wattpad for $600 million

Added 01-20-21 08:09:03am EST - “Webtoon and Wattpad may soon be inextricably linked. Naver, the South Korean internet giant behind the Webtoon digital comics platform, will acquire Wattpad for a deal worth US$600 million in cash and stocks. Neither side has revealed…” - Engadget.com

CLICK TO SHARE

Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Engadget.com: “South Korea's biggest web company acquires Wattpad for $600 million”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Webtoon and Wattpad may soon be inextricably linked. Naver, the South Korean internet giant behind the Webtoon digital comics platform, will acquire Wattpad for a deal worth US$600 million in cash and stocks. The two websites will have a “connected ecosystem” after the acquisition is complete. Neither side has revealed what that means exactly, but The Hollywood Reporter says they’ll share a platform for their combined audience of 160 million users.

Despite the acquisition, Wattpad will remain based in Toronto and under the leadership of its founders Allen Lau (pictured above) and Ivan Yuen. In its announcement, Naver said Webtoon’s “innovative monetization model and Wattpad's massive library of diverse stories will provide each prospective affiliate with new levers for growth.”

Both Webtoon and Wattpad had spawned successful books and shows in their lifetime. Wattpad says 1,500 stories that originated from its website had been published as books in the past. The storytelling app also uses machine-learning technology to identify the types of stories local audiences would most likely be interested in. It then co-produces shows based on those stories with entertainment companies, such as Sony Pictures Television, Universal Cable Productions and Asian streaming provider Viu. Several Webtoon titles had been adapted into TV shows, as well, including apocalyptic horror Sweet Home on Netflix.

Read more...

If you don't see any comments yet, congrats! You get first comment. Be nice and have fun.

CLICK TO SHARE

BACK TO THE HOME-PAGE