BOAO, China, October 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent“, SEHK: 00700), a leading provider of comprehensive Internet services in China, today launched QQ Connect, a platform that enables hardware developers and partners from various sectors to connect with the large number of QQ users.

This marks a new era of the company’s Open Platform strategy, which evolves from opening up PC-based product resources, to mobile apps, and now to a multiple-terminal phase that enables hardware developers and partners from various sectors, not just the Internet, to target the massive number of Internet users in China.

With QQ Connect, QQ users can control a wide range of hardware devices, such as a TV or a webcam, with just a few clicks on their mobile phones. This demonstrates how Tencent enables people to connect with people, with services, and with hardware devices, in innovative ways.

“We will continue to strive for innovation, and create value for developers and our users. The launch of QQ Connect demonstrates we are leading the way into a new era of connecting developers and partners with users,” said Mr. Mark Ren, Chief Operation Officer of Tencent at the company’s Global Partner Conference this year in Boao, Hainan.

Developers are thriving on the Open Platform which covers a wide range of products including QQ, Qzone and Yingyongbao. The Open Platform has also attracted developers from second- and third- tier cities in China, such as Wuhan and Tianjin. Since the launch of the Open Platform in 2011, Tencent has continuously demonstrated its commitment to supporting developers by giving access to its distribution channels at a low cost, along with other supporting initiatives such as offering consulting services and incubation spaces.

This year’s Tencent Global Partner Conference sets the tone for the future technological development of Internet products and explores solutions that maximize opportunities brought about by the rising popularity of the mobile Internet. More than 3,500 entrepreneurs, IT talent and developers from around the world attended the conference. Tencent will continue to enhance its connectivity on the Open Platform, creating a win-win ecosystem that connects users with developers from various sectors, such as finance, retail, education, and manufacturing.

About Tencent

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information, seek entertainment, and shop online through our integrated platforms. Our diversified services include QQ and WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com for information; as well as our eCommerce services.

Our company was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company has been one of the 50 constituent stocks of the Hang Seng Index since June 10, 2008, under stock code 00700. We seek to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a hospitable environment for our partners, and staying close to our users.

For more information, please visit www.tencent.com/ir.

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