British and Chinese agree joint internet bridge venture
A British-based internet bridge consortium this week signed a two year
agreement which will provide greater opportunities for enthusiasts in
China to play online.
The agreement follows a meeting between representatives of the
consortium The International On-Line Bridge Club (IOBC) and the China
Bridge Net (Shenyang Dongyu E-Commerce Co. Ltd). The exclusive joint
venture between the two companies provides conversion of the latest IOBC
Java client into a Chinese language version with China Bridge Net carrying
out all language conversion from graphics source code provided by the IOBC.
Nick Justice, Managing Director of IOBC, said today China has around
5,000,000 bridge players, including more than 15,000 already on line so
this unique facility will bring an exciting new range of players into the
International On Line Bridge Club and at the same time provide the Chinese
players a wider range of playing opportunities outside their own country.
Under the terms of the joint venture China Bridge Net http://www.1001n.com.cn
provide the official on-line bridge playing service for the Contract
Chinese Bridge Association (CCBA) http://www.ccba.org.cn
within China. They also provide membership and web site services for the
CCBA. China Bridge Net will promote Bridge Player Live! on the official
CCBA Bridge Web site as an additional optional fee based membership for
those Chinese players registered on the Chinese on-line bridge system who
also wish to play internationally.
The International On-Line Bridge Club (IOBC) http://www.bridgeplayer.com
launched its latest Java client earlier this year, enabling the widest
range of users (including Apple/MAC owners) to enjoy its on line bridge
service with players from around the world. This version operates
alongside its well established Windows product that has been running for
over 6 years. The IOBC also provides the online bridge service for the
English Bridge Union http://www.ebuonline.co.uk
Target launch date of the Chinese Java version is August 1st, 2001.
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