|Type||Public company (NASDAQ: NCTY)|
|Key people||Zhu Jun, Chairman/CEO|
|Products||Online game operation|
|Revenue||US$126.3 million (2006)|
|Net income||US$40.0 million (2006)|
The9 Limited (Chinese: 第九城市) corporation is a Shanghai-based online game operator which had the exclusive license to operate and distribute World of Warcraft in China (launched in June 2005, it has since become the largest online game), a licence it secured after successfully aiding Webzen Games with the distribution of Mu Online in China. However, in April 2009, Blizzard said that the licence has been moved to NetEase.com.
The company name is derived from a belief that MMORPGs, and Internet culture in general, is the "ninth art" (the other eight being the traditional ones of painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, music, dance, drama and film).
Current game licences acquired
Note: In rough order of release.
- Mu Online (the partnership has ended)
- World of Warcraft (the partnership has ended)
- Joyful Journey West
- Guild Wars (Chinese version) (The deal with NCsoft ended prematurely.31 March 2008)
- Soul of the Ultimate Nation
- Granado Espada
- Hellgate: London
- Ragnarok Online 2
- FIFA Online 2
- Atlantica Online
- Free Realms
- Planetside 2
- Volume 1, Issue 49 of The Escapist, "Red Blindness" by Allen Varney
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