SHANGHAI, China, Oct. 4 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The9 Limited (Nasdaq:
NCTY) ("The9") and Blizzard Entertainment(R) ("Blizzard") today announced
that Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft(R), the subscription-based
Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) has achieved record
peak concurrency of 800,000, highest concurrency since the game's
commercial launch in June 2005, after launching its new expansion pack,
"The Burning Crusade", in mainland China on September 6, 2007.
We observed that numerous existing players return to or play more of
the World of Warcraft(R) game after the launch of The Burning Crusade new
expansion and new players have also been attracted to join. In the field of
3D MMORPG, the World of Warcraft(R) game is now in a leading position again
and has written a new chapter to mainland China's online game history.
World of Warcraft(R): The Burning Crusade is the exciting new expansion
to Blizzard's award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
It expands the game by tremendous bounds, adding new races, lands,
Battlegrounds, professions, items, and many more features.
About The9 Limited
The9 Limited is a leading online game operator in China. The9's
business is primarily focused on operating and developing high-quality
games for the Chinese online game market. The9 directly or through
affiliates operates licensed MMORPGs, consisting of MU(R), Blizzard
Entertainment(R)'s World of Warcraft(R), Soul of The Ultimate Nation(TM),
and its first proprietary MMORPG, Joyful Journey West(TM), in mainland
China. It has also obtained exclusive licenses to operate additional
MMORPGs and advanced casual games in mainland China, including Granado
Espada, Guild Wars, Hellgate: London, Ragnarok Online 2, Emil Chronicle
Online, Huxley(TM), FIFA Online, Audition 2, Field of Honor and Audition.
In addition, The9 is also developing two proprietary MMORPG games,
Fantastic Melody Online(TM) and Ming Jiang San Guo.
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results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking
statement. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited
to, The9's limited operating history as an online game operator, political
and economic policies of the Chinese government, the laws and regulations
governing the online game industry, information disseminated over the
Internet and Internet content providers in China, intensified government
regulation of Internet cafes, The9's ability to retain existing players and
attract new players, license, develop or acquire additional online games
that are appealing to users, anticipate and adapt to changing consumer
preferences and respond to competitive market conditions, and other risks
and uncertainties outlined in The9's filings with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission, including its annual reports on Form 20-F. The9 does
not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement,
except as required under applicable law.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Dahlia Wei
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
SOURCE The9 Limited