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The9 Ltd.
IndustryVideo games
HeadquartersShanghai, China
Area served
Key people
Zhu Jun, Chairman/CEO
ProductsOnline game operation
RevenueIncreaseUS$10.16 million (2014)
DecreaseUS-$17.03 million (2014)[1]
Number of employees
498 (in English)

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[2]

Current game licences acquired[edit]

Note: In rough order of release.


  • Volume 1, Issue 49 of The Escapist, "Red Blindness" by Allen Varney
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  2. ^ Modine, Austin (16 April 2009). "Blizzard ditches long-time WoW operator". The Register. Situation Publishing. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Press Releases". 2011. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ Xia, Eva (26 July 2010). "The9 to Operate Free Realms in China". China Game. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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