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|Traded as||Nasdaq: NTES|
|Headquarters||Hangzhou, China  and George Town, Cayman Islands|
|Key people||Ding Lei (CEO)|
|Revenue||CN¥ 59.24 billion (2019)|
|Operating income||CN¥ 13.79 billion (2019)|
|Net income||CN¥ 21.43 billion (2019)|
|Total assets||CN¥ 112.12 billion (2019)|
|Employees||18,129 (December 2017)|
NetEase, Inc. (simplified Chinese: 网易; traditional Chinese: 網易; pinyin: WǎngYì) is a Chinese Internet technology company providing online services centered on content, community, communications, and commerce. The company was founded in 1997 by Ding Lei. NetEase develops and operates online PC and mobile games, advertising services, email services and e-commerce platforms in China. It is one of the largest Internet and video game companies in the world. NetEase has an on-demand music-streaming service (NetEase Music). The company also owns several pig farms.
NetEase video games include, the Westward Journey series, Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero, Ghost II, Nostos and Onmyoji. NetEase also partners with Blizzard Entertainment to operate Chinese versions of their games, such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch.
The company was founded in June 1997 by Chinese entrepreneur Ding Lei, and grew rapidly due in part to its investment in search engine technology. In 2012 the company's official English name was changed from NetEase.com, Inc to NetEase, Inc.
In 2008 the 163.com domain attracted at least 1.8 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com survey. In 2010 the site was the 28th most visited site in the world according to Alexa's internet rankings. NetEase's official website address is 163.com. This was attributed to the past when Chinese internet users had to dial "163" to connect to the internet, before the availability of broadband internet.
Expansion and acquisitions
NetEase launched their first Western Headquarters in August 2014 bringing one of the largest tech companies in China to the US. In January 2020, NetEase discussed secondary listings with the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing.
In 2018 NetEase invested US$100 million into Bungie for a minority stake in the company and a seat on its board of directors. In December of the same year NetEase invested in New Zealand developer A44 (Formally known as Aurora 44), and it sold its comics business to Bilibili. In 2019 NetEase obtained a minority stake in Quantic Dream for an undisclosed investment.
The company has a history of partnerships with other companies. In 2008, Blizzard Entertainment partnered with NetEase to bring some of their games to the Chinese market. In April 2012, NetEase began testing a restaurant recommendation mobile app called "Fan Fan". In 2017 NetEase made an agreement with the American company Marvel Comics to develop a comic based on a Chinese superhero. In addition 12 comic copies by Marvel would be released online, such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Chinese government regulation
In October 2020, the Cyberspace Administration of China ordered NetEase to undergo "rectification" and temporarily suspended certain comment functions after censors found "inappropriate" comments on its news app.
Games developed or published
Licensed online games
- Three-year agreement to license Blizzard's title Overwatch in PRC
- Agreement to license Mojang's Minecraft and Minecraft: Pocket Edition in China
- Will assume the publishing of EVE Online in the Chinese market starting in October 2018
- Developing Diablo Immortal for iOS and Android
- Developing The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War for iOS and Android.
- Developing Tom and Jerry: Chase for iOS and Android. 
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