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NetEase fares better in Q4 on mobile game business

CHINESE video publisher and online portal NetEase reported better than expected earnings in the fourth quarter thanks to strong performance of PC and mobile gaming business.

Profit in the fourth quarter in 2016 surged 70.2 percent to 3.68 billion yuan(US$534 million) and mobile games were the key contributor, as the company introduced more than 40 new titles last year, including Onmyoji and New Ghost.

It reported US$4.40 earnings per share with revenue adding 53 percent to US$1.743 billion in the three months ended December 2016, beating estimate of 37 percent to US$1.58 billion.

"With more than 40 new mobile titles in 2016, we have introduced a number of chart toppers to China's thriving mobile market," NetEase CEO William Ding said in the earnings statement. "There remains massive opportunity within the mobile market, and we plan to add more mobile versions of our legacy titles and new self-developed and licensed mobile games to further this momentum."

China's mobile game user base added 26 percent from a year go to 352 million by the end of 2016, according to the state-backed China Internet Network Information Center.


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