VNG reports 57 pct fall in profits

By Thanh Duong   April 15, 2021 | 06:00 pm PT
Gaming giant VNG Corporation saw its post-tax profit decline by 57 percent to VND261 billion ($11.3 million) last year.
VNG Campus in HCMC’s District 7. Photo courtesy of VNG.

VNG Campus in HCMC’s District 7. Photo courtesy of VNG.

Its revenues were however 16.3 percent up at VND6 trillion.

It attributed the fall in profit to the VND670 billion loss of its subsidiary, the payment app ZaloPay last year.

Last year, the company also paid $3.4 million to acquire a 20 percent stake in logistics startup EcoTruck. It also owns a 30 percent stake in digital gifting platform Got It and 22 percent stake in e-commerce platform Tiki.

It is investing heavily in technology for projects such as ZaloPay and establishing a VNG data center, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2021.

It plans to publish games in foreign markets this year.

Kelly Wong, its vice president of operations, said the company wants to increase its publishing capabilities in Southeast Asia and explore markets in Latin America.

Formerly known as VinaGame, VNG is the country’s first tech unicorn and is estimated to be worth about $2.2 billion.

Besides games, it also has interests in social media (Zalo), online media (Zing News), payment services (ZaloPay), and cloud services (VNG Cloud).

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