China’s social network “E Social Networks” has won the top gaming prize at the 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards.
The company, which is backed by the Alibaba Group, is also the first Chinese social networking company to be awarded the prestigious game awards.
E Social was founded in 2011 and currently has more than 10 million members, making it the world’s largest social gaming network.
It’s also the biggest Chinese social media company, with more than 1 billion monthly active users.
“E Social has been a key player in the social gaming ecosystem since its inception, and has become one of the most trusted platforms in the Chinese market,” said David Kuehn, senior vice president at Zynga, the game development company behind the popular social game “Espresso” and the popular video game “Cuphead.”
The award also goes to “E,” the Chinese acronym for “Ego,” and “M,” for “Me.”
In the game category, the company was named Game of the Year for 2017.
“M” was the game that made the most users.
The Game Developers Awards recognize the best games that players create using popular social networking sites.
The prize is named for the Game Developers Guild, a group of game industry executives and programmers who created the award in 2007.
The winners of the 2017 Awards are announced Wednesday.