VNG Corporation

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VNG Corporation
Corporation
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Digital content
E-commerce
Game Online Business
Founded9 September 2004
HeadquartersVNG Campus
Lot Z06, St. 13, Tan Thuan Dong Ward, Dist. 7,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Key people
Le Hong Minh - Founder, Chairman & CEO
Vuong Quang Khai - Executive Vice President
Huynh My Loan - Vice President [11]
ProductsMedia and online games
Communication
Software
E_Commerce [12]
ServicesFinancial connectivity
Payment platforms
Cloud services
Revenue4,266 billion VND (2017)
1,158 billion VND (2017)
Number of employees
2700 (2018)
Websitewww.vng.com.vn

VNG Corporation (VNG) is a Vietnamese technology company, founded in 2004, specializing in digital content and online entertainment, social networking, and e-commerce.[1] VNG focuses on four main businesses, including online games, platforms, digital payments and cloud services. Many key products developed by VNG have attracted hundreds of millions of users such as Zalo, ZaloPay, Zing MP3, and 123phim. [2]

The company is "Vietnam’s first ever unicorn start-up" according to The ASEAN Post,[3] and has over 100 million online users.

History[edit]

VNG was founded on 9 September 2004 under the name of VinaGame. From the first contract signed with Kingsoft, “Vo Lam Truyen Ky” became the first MMORPG in Vietnam. Within one month of operations, the game Võ Lâm Truyền Kỳ had 200,000 CCU.

  • 2006-2007: The company focused on developing software products for internet users like "Internet Cyber Station Manager” (CSM), 123mua.com.vn (e-commerce). The company also develop web products under Zing Brand – comprehensive platform covering information, connection and entertainment for users and ranked by Alexa in August 2008 as ZingMP3 the most popular listening and searching tool for online music in Vietnam.
  • 2008-2009: Under the name of VNG Corporation.
  • 2010-2011: developed an online game which was called Thuận Thiên Kiếm which won “Sao Khue” award in 2010 in the category of Products/Gaming Solutions and Electronic Entertainment. Not only successfully developing an online game in Vietnam, but the company also exporting “Un In” online game to Japan.
  • 2012-2013: VNG caught mobile trend by focusing on developing many products on this platform. The most outstanding one was Zalo which is a mobile application for free calls and texting. It reached 10 million users in only 1.5 years.
  • 2014: VNG was evaluated 1 billion US dollar by World Startup Report and become the first and only unicorn startup of Vietnam [4]
  • 2015: VNG was honored "Global Fast-Growing Enterprise in East Asia " by the World Economic Forum (Manila, Philippines) [5]
  • 2016: VNG launched Zalopay – a mobile payment application [6]
  • 2017: VNG was the first Vietnamese tech company to sign a MOU with the world's second-largest stock exchange Nasdaq to explore a US listing [7]
  • 2018: VNG announced new strategic businesses such as finance and payment and cloud services

Data center[edit]

VNG has two Tier-3 standard data centers, located in Ho Chi Minh City, and Hanoi.[8]

Products and Services[edit]

Digital content and online entertainment[edit]

Zuni Online Learning[edit]

Zuni is an online non-profit education project operated and invested by VNG and VNIF, which was officially published in March 2014.[9] In June 2014, Zuni has nearly 124,000 members with more than 4,000 members active every day. Zuni was evaluated as one of the competent education projects right after its publishing, with 1466 exam samples, 618 video lectures and 124 major topics available currently.[10]

Zing MP3[edit]

Zing MP3, a music streaming service, was launched in August 2007, currently consisting of 2 versions: website and app on the iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. Zing MP3 application on smartphone has been one of the few most frequently downloaded ones in Vietnam in the past few years. When it was brought onto the mobile platform, Zing MP3 was an outstanding app of Vietnam with over 5 million downloads on Android [11]

Games[edit]

  • VNG is one of the four main game publishers in the Vietnamese market.
  • Produce, develop and globally publishing online games as well as import and publish well-known games in the local market.
  • Highlighted products: Sky Garden, Võ Lâm Truyền Kỳ (link), Crossfire Legend (link), 360 Games, ...

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Community connections[edit]

Zing Me social network[edit]

Zing Me is a social network operated by VNG, which was introduced in August 2009. It is integrated directly via Zing system with a variety of special applications like blogging, photo and music sharing, gaming, video clips, email. In addition, Zing Me was the first social network in Vietnam that had the properties of a platform. It allows the third-party developing apps which use common infrastructure and sharing users via opening API (Application Programing Interface) in order to diversify the system contents. In March 2010, Zing Me launched its first version for mobile phones.[13] With those achievements, Zing Me won “Outstanding Value-added Service in 2009” awarded by HCMC Department of Information and Communications on 27 March 2009;[14] and the “Sao Khue” Award in 2010 for beingrated 4-star in the group of value-added products and services on mobile/internet. [15]

After two year of releasing, Zing Me reached its 8.2 million-user milestone in October 2011.[16] Not only does Zing Me allow users to share their status updates and blog, it also allows them to communicate via photos, voices and emoticons. Zing Me is getting popular with more than one million photos shared by users everyday since June 2013.[17]

Zalo[edit]

Zalo is a free message and call application on mobile released on 8 August 2012 for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia Java.

At the end of May, Vietnam Television (VTV) used Zalo as a bridge for the community to share their feelings and thoughts about the island and send messages of encouragement to the people and soldiers are on duty in Spratly Islands.

Finance and Payments[edit]

123Pay[edit]

In order to meet the needs of using internally as well as developing the external market, in 2010, VNG invested in R&D for an Online Payment Platform called 123Pay. This product is inherited and developed on the payment platform of ZingPay (a payment platform used for online games of VNG since 2005).

Zalopay[edit]

Up-to-date digital payment and personal payment platforms: mobile wallet Zalopay Zalopay.[18]

Applications[edit]

Laban Key[edit]

Laban Key is a Vietnamese keyboard for mobile devices developed by VNG. Laban Key was introduced in September 2013 by the Project Manager Pham Kim Long who is also the developer of the Windows input method editor UniKey.[19]

Software[edit]

CSM[edit]

Cyber Station Manager (CSM) is a free software of VNG for managing Internet agencies. The first version of CSM was published by VNG on 2 February 2006. There are currently 25,000 Internet shops nationwide using CSM to manage play time daily, extra services, game updates, automatic applications. CSM is now the most popular managing internet shops in Vietnam with over 60% of market share and over 2 million downloads every day. CSM is also got certified for offering national standards TCVN 8702:2011 as in Certificate of Conformance no. B0001310314CS01A3 on 31 March 2014. This Certificate of Conformance is awarded based on the most updated procedures issued in Decision no. 350/QĐ-CVT (new) on September 12, 2013 by Vietnam Telecommunications Authority – Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications, a substitute for Decision no 75/QĐ-QLCL.[20] In addition, CSM also won the Sao Khue Award in the years of 2009, 2012 and 2014 [21]

Cloud Services[edit]

  • Provide full-stack cloud services for organizations and businesses with smart tech solutions linked through Internet connection and cloud technology.
  • Highlighted products: 123CS, Cloud server, IoT HUB, vCloudStack[22]

VNG Culture[edit]

VNG's headquarter is located in Ho Chi Minh City. People and Corporate Culture are two key elements of VNG. Understanding 3 core values (Embracing Challenges, Advancing Partnership and Upholding Integrity), VNG Starters always keep growing dedicate spirit for the development of VNG and community.[23]

Scandal[edit]

VNG in particular and the game online industry in general are always closely observed by authorities for the risks of social problems related to playing games too much.[24]

Violence[edit]

In December 2010, the inspectors of HCMC Department of Information and Communications required VinaGame that they must eliminate violences in online games. The game "Sudden Attack" was closed in HCMC on 17 October 2011.[25]

Privacy[edit]

The Inspectors examined VNG's conformity to computer software copyright laws leading to an official announcement to charge VinaGame 10 million dong as a fine for copyright infringement.

In addition, the inspectors ordered VinaGame to take down the infringed software and to commit to contacting the authors to discuss the legitimacy. After receiving the decision from Ministry of Culture - Sports and Tourism, VinaGame had to examine every single computer currently in use, prepare a list, and pay copyright fees for the software that was work-related [26]

Copyright infringement[edit]

In August 2007, when accessing mp3.zing.vn, which is a musical entertainment tool, you can find such popular names such as Bao Thy, Dan Truong, Duy Manh, Cam Ly, and even Thu Phuong and Bang Kieu – neither of them was allowed to publish songs in Vietnam. According to some lawyers, the websites, which enable searching, collecting and displaying songs, and allow online listening, infringe copyrights.[27]

On 23 and 24 February 2009 inspectors discovered a software copyright infringement worth VND 5 billion (around US$295,000) during a sudden raid on Vinagame headquarter in Ho Chi Minh city.[28]

In August 2020, VNG sued Tiktok for $9.5 million on allegations of copyright infringement.[29]

Awards[edit]

September 2013: Chairman of HCMC People's Committee Le Hoang Quan awarded merits to VNG in the recognition of many achievements in service business and participating in charities and social activities continutously from 2008 to 2012.[30]

October 2013: In the “Awarding Ceremony of HCMC Entrepreneurs 2013”, VNG stood among 105 entrepreneurs to get the award for “Outstanding HCMC Entrepreneurs 2013”.[31]

April 2014: VNG received the "Third-class Labor Medal " signed by President of Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Merits awarded by the Prime Minister to Lê Hồng Minh, Chairman and CEO of VNG.[32]

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