NetEase, Inc. is an internet technology company in China that provides online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce. NetEase develops and operates some of China’s most popular PC-client and mobile games, e-commerce businesses, advertising services and e-mail services. 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 renowned games such as Tianxia III and Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero. 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. NetEase offers a variety of online services including e-commerce, advertising services, e-mail services and others.
William Lei Ding, our founder, has served as a 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, our affiliates, in May 1997 and January 2008. Mr. Ding holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.