Ovum suggests Alibaba could make a $1.5+ billion move for Tango

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Ovum suggests Alibaba could make a $1.5+ billion move for Tango

With Alibaba’s IPO seeming likely to raise $21 billion, the next question is what the Chinese ecommerce platform will do with all that money.

Market analysts Ovum reckon that US mobile messaging platform Tango is a likely target.

That’s partly because Alibaba has already invested $215 million into Tango.

Equally importantly is that the 250 million-strong community gives it the opportunity to compete with Tencent’s WeChat/Weixin and China Mobile’s Fetion messaging networks in China, as well as a strong foundation for Alibaba’s mobile expansion into the North American and European markets.

Better together

In that context, Pamela Clark-Dickson, Ovum’s senior consumer analyst reckons that Alibaba may well be considering a move for Tango, which is apparently undergoing a new funding round that would value it at $1.5 billion.

Another good match - and opportunity - for Alibaba is that Tango is moving heavily into mobile games.

As well as its $25 million fund to encourage thirdparty developers to integrate its platform, its own internally-developed game Road Riot currently has around 1 million daily active players.

For its own part, Alibaba is also moving into mobile games with its own app distribution platform in China; something it’s supporting with the Alipay payment system, the purchase of the UC Browser business and a $120 million investment in US F2P publisher Kabam.

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