|Zhu Jun, Chairman/CEO|
|Products||Online game operation|
|Revenue||US$10.16 million (2014)|
|US-$17.03 million (2014)|
Number of employees
The9 Ltd. (Chinese: 第九城市) is a Shanghai-based online game operator which had the exclusive licence 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.
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
- Winning Goal
- Volume 1, Issue 49 of The Escapist, "Red Blindness" by Allen Varney
- Modine, Austin (16 April 2009). "Blizzard ditches long-time WoW operator". The Register. Situation Publishing. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- "Press Releases". Blizzard.com. 2011. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- Xia, Eva (26 July 2010). "The9 to Operate Free Realms in China". China Game. Retrieved 4 March 2019.