Alibaba to invest $100mn in video platform Vmate to tap into growing market in India

By Laura Mullan
Alibaba Group has revealed that it will invest $100mn into VMate, a social video app owned by its subsidiary UC Web. According to TechCrunch reports, t...

Alibaba Group has revealed that it will invest $100mn into VMate, a social video app owned by its subsidiary UC Web.

According to TechCrunch reports, the investment comes as the Chinese technology firm tries to double down on the burgeoning video market in India. 

Launched in 2016, Vmate is a social network platform that allows users to watch and share short videos.

Since then, it has also launched new features such as 3-dimensional face emojis and video downloads.

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Today, Vmate claims to have amassed around 30mn users globally.

Under the deal, Vmate will also join Alibaba’s Innovative Business Group, according to reports from KrAsia.

Alibaba has invested heavily in India’s e-commerce and food-tech markets, making recent investments in firms such as Paytm, BigBasket, Zomato and SnapDeal.

Alibaba’s subsidiary UC Web also includes India as one of its biggest markets.

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