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Former Canaan Directors to Guide Chinese Gaming Firm's Pivot to Crypto Mining

Former directors of Canaan Inc. are investing in the Shanghai firm and will help launch its new mining subsidiary.

Jan 5, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:51 a.m. UTC

U.S.-listed Chinese gaming company The9 (NASDAQ: NCTY) has announced plans to enter the cryptocurrency mining space.

  • In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, The9 said it had signed a legally binding "cooperation and investment" agreement with investors, including two former directors of cryptocurrency miner maker Canaan (NASDAQ: CAN).
  • The company said it is working with the investors – led by Jianping Kong, former director and co-chairman of Canaan – to launch its new cryptocurrency mining operation via a wholly owned subsidiary called NBTC.
  • The9 is an internet and mobile gaming firm based in Shanghai.
  • “Our goal is to build up cryptocurrencies mining machines for The9 that will contribute 8% to 10% of the global hashrate of bitcoin, 10% of the global hashrate of [ether] and 10% of the global hashrate of grin and become one of the world's largest cryptocurrencies mining companies in terms of hashrate," said Jun Zhu, chairman and CEO of The9.
  • The investment agreement will see the issuance of issue Class A ordinary shares and warrants bringing the right to purchase more shares in four tranches. The firm expects to raise around $34 million if all the warrants are exercised.
  • Following the announcement, The9’s shares spiked 87% to $6.62 per share.

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