NetEase is a leading internet technology company in China dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce. Led by CEO William Ding, as director since July 1999 and as our Chief Executive Officer since November 2005. From March 2001 until November 2005, Mr. Ding served as our Chief Architect, and from June 2001 until September 2001, he served as our Acting Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chief Operating Officer. From July 1999 until March 2001, Mr. Ding served as Co-Chief Technology Officer, and from July 1999 until April 2000, he also served as our interim Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ding established Guangzhou NetEase and Shanghai EaseNet, NetEase affiliates, in May 1997 and January 2008.
NetEase develops and operates some of China’s most popular PC-client and mobile games, and partners with Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary) and other global game developers to operate some of the most popular international online games in China. NetEase also operates Kaola.com and Yanxuan, two e-commerce platforms that cater to the rising middle-class consumer market in China. In addition, NetEase offers advertising, e-mail and other services.1
Online Games NetEase has produced some of China’s most renowned and longest running online PC-client games, including Fantasy Westward Journey II and New Westward Journey Online II, as well as other highly successful games, such as Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero and Ghost II. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., NetEase operates some of the most popular international online games in China, including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™, StarCraft® II and Diablo III®: Reaper of Souls™.
NetEase has also achieved marked success in the mobile games market, both with self-developed titles such as Onmyoji, Battle to the West, The World HD and the mobile version of Fantasy Westward Journey, and also with licensed games.
E-commerce NetEase has diverse portfolio of services available to Chinese consumers on both desktop and mobile including Kaola.com and Yanxuan, NetEase’s cross-border and private label e-commerce businesses.
Advertising Services NetEase offers multi-platform access to a broad array of free and fee-based community and communication services, including websites, content channels, YiChat social instant messaging application, NetEase Mobile News Application, Youdao dictionary and Youdao cloud note-taking service. This integrated network of high-quality services provides a cost-effective platform for advertisers to reach NetEase’s large and loyal user base.
E-mail Services and Others NetEase is one of the largest providers of free e-mail services in China, offering advanced features such as voice search and facial recognition. NetEase also offers fee-based premium e-mail services for corporate users.