NetEase, Inc. is a Chinese Internet technology company providing online services centred on content, community, communications and commerce. Founded in 1997, the company was a key pioneer in the development of Internet services for China. Today, NetEase develops and operates some of China's online PC and mobile games, advertising services, e-mail services and e-commerce platforms.
NetEase has produced some of China's online PC-client games, including Fantasy Westward Journey II and New Westward Journey Online II, as well as other games, such as Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero and Ghost II. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., NetEase operates some international online games in China, including World of Warcraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, StarCraft II and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls.
NetEase offers multi-platform access to free and fee-based community and communication services, including websites, content channels, YiChat social instant messaging application, NetEase Mobile News Application, Youdao dictionary and Youdao cloud note-taking service.
NetEase is one of the providers of free e-mail services in China, offering features such as voice search and facial recognition. NetEase also offers fee-based premium e-mail services for corporate users. In addition, NetEase has ventures in e-commerce, with offerings such as Kaola, a cross-border e-commerce platform, and Wangyibao, an online payment system. Other online products offered include online video entertainment services: Bobo and CC.