Microsoft, Mojang and NetEase, Inc. have announced a five-year exclusive agreement to license Mojang´s Minecraft mobile and PC editions to a NetEase, Inc. affiliate in mainland China.
As part of the agreement, Mojang will develop a version of Minecraft tailored for the Chinese market and release it in partnership with NetEase. Minecraft is a world-renowned sandbox game that enables players to adventure in uncharted realms, collect resources and build in an infinite world.
Minecraft officially launched in 2011, and has received numerous global awards and accolades. There are more than 100 million registered Minecraft players of all ages in nearly every country in the world.
Minecraft features multiple game modes and offers players limitless ways to play. In survival mode, the players gather resources to keep themselves alive and build shelters and other contraptions. While in creative mode, players have access to endless resources so they can construct any building or scene out of almost any block in the game. Players also can enjoy maps and scenarios created by others in adventure mode. Besides these various game modes, the Minecraft community has over the years created countless numbers of mods and custom content for use in Minecraft. Minecraft provides players an open platform and enables them to create their very own utopia with endless possibilities.
Mojang is a game development studio based in Sweden, best known for developing Minecraft. In 2014, Mojang joined Microsoft Studios to continue work on Minecraft and bring their vision, creative energy and innovative mindset to the development of future games.
NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) provides Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China´s most popular online PC and mobile games, advertising services, email services and e-commerce platforms.