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Tencent's game-streaming units Huya, DouYu to merge

Combined entity will control 80% market share in China

Huya will buy DouYu in a stock-for-stock merger deal.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU/ WUHAN (Reuters) -- Huya Inc will buy DouYu International Holdings Ltd in a stock-for-stock merger deal, the Chinese live game streaming companies said on Monday.

Tencent, which is Huya's biggest shareholder and also owns over a third of DouYu, had been pushing for the deal for months, Reuters reported in August. 

DouYu will receive 0.730 American depositary shares of Huya, representing a premium of 34.5% to DouYu's last close of $14, valuing it at nearly $6 billion, according to Reuters calculation based on 317.5 million shares.

The merged entity would have a combined market share of more than 80% in the country, according to data from MobTech.

Huya and DouYu said their shareholders will each hold about 50% shares of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

Huya Chief Executive Officer Rongjie Dong and his DouYu counter-part Shaojie Chen, will be Co-CEOs of the combined company.

Tencent will integrate its game live streaming business under its "Penguin" arm with the combined businesses of Huya and DouYu after the merger for a total consideration of $500 million.

DouYu's U.S.-listed shares, which have risen more than 65% this year, were up 23.2% before the bell.

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