◎印度創業新聞網站Inc42報導，印度最大的串流媒體平台Gaana已從「Tencent Cloud Europe」與「Time Internet」，籌集了相當於5,000萬美元的債務。
◎印度和中國政府之間的緊張關係仍在加劇，導致禁止了包括TikTok在內的中國的應用程式。騰訊自2018年以來一直是Gaana的投資者，儘管這項新交易可能顯示Gaana有信心中國的投資不會引起任何不必要的關注，但新一輪投資是透過總部位於荷蘭的「Tencent Cloud Europe B.V」所進行、這值得關注。
The largest Indian streaming platform, Gaana, has raised the equivalent of just over $50 million in debt from Tencent Cloud Europe and Time Internet, reports Indian startup news site Inc42.
Tencent’s involvement accounts for nearly $41 million of the deal in a new allocation of shares, with Times Internet, the majority owner, making up the rest. Gaana also took out a $5 million loan last week. Tencent now has a near-35% stake in Gaana.
Gaana recently announced that it has 185 million active monthly users, cementing its status as the country’s biggest audio streaming service – although paying streamers are only a small percentage of overall listener numbers.
Tensions between the Indian and Chinese governments are still heightened, leading to a ban on apps of Chinese origin, including TikTok. Tencent has been an investor in Gaana since 2018, and while this new deal might suggest Gaana is confident that Chinese investment won’t bring any unwanted attention, perhaps it’s meaningful that this round of investment was via the Dutch-based entity Tencent Cloud Europe B.V.