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NetEase.com Announcement Regarding Statement by the General Administration of Press and Publication With Respect to World of Warcraft(R)

November 2, 2009

BEIJING, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — NetEase.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES), one
of China’s leading Internet and online game services providers, today
announced that the General Administration of Press and Publication (“GAPP”) of
the PRC government has posted on its official website a statement that the
current operation of the World of Warcraft(R) in China by NetEase’s affiliated
company, Shanghai EaseNet Network Technology Limited (“Shanghai EaseNet”), is
being conducted without proper approval from GAPP. The statement further
indicates that GAPP is returning Shanghai EaseNet’s application for approval
and Shanghai EaseNet should suspend charging users to play the game and not
allow new account registrations. GAPP also notes in its statement that it is
evaluating whether to impose administrative penalties on Shanghai EaseNet. As
of the time of this press release, neither NetEase nor Shanghai EaseNet has
been officially notified of GAPP’s determination. Shanghai EaseNet licenses
World of Warcraft(R), a massively multi-player online role-playing game, for
operation in China from Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

NetEase and Shanghai EaseNet believe that they are in full compliance with
applicable PRC laws and are currently seeking clarification from the relevant
governmental authorities regarding this statement by GAPP. NetEase will
provide further updates on the statement by GAPP as appropriate.

About NetEase

NetEase.com, Inc. is a leading China-based Internet technology company
that pioneered the development of applications, services and other
technologies for the Internet in China. NetEase’s online communities and
personalized premium services have established a large and stable user base
for the NetEase websites which are operated by its affiliates. In particular,
NetEase provides online game services to Internet users through the in-house
development or licensing of massively multi-player online role-playing games,
including Fantasy Westward Journey, Westward Journey Online II, Westward
Journey Online III, Tianxia II and Datang, as well as the licensed game World
of Warcraft(R).

NetEase also offers online advertising on its websites which enables
advertisers to reach its substantial user base. In addition, NetEase has paid
listings on its search engine and web directory and classified advertising
services, as well as an online mall, which provides opportunities for e-
commerce and traditional businesses to establish their own storefront on the
Internet. NetEase also offers wireless value-added services such as news and
information content, matchmaking services, music and photos from the Web which
are sent over SMS, MMS, WAP, IVR and Color Ring-back Tone technologies.

Other community services which the NetEase websites offer include instant
messaging, online personal advertisements, matchmaking, alumni clubs and
community forums. NetEase is also the largest provider of free email services
in China. Furthermore, the NetEase websites provide various channels of
content. NetEase aggregates news content on world events, sports, science and
technology, and financial markets, as well as entertainment content such as
cartoons, games, astrology and jokes, from over one hundred international and
domestic content providers.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These
statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these
forward-looking statements by terminology such as “will,” “expects,”
“anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates” and
similar statements. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a
number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including risks related
to: the risk that Shanghai EaseNet will not be able to continue operating
World of Warcraft(R) or other games licensed by it for a period of time or
permanently due to the position of GAPP or other governmental actions; the
risk that Shanghai EaseNet or NetEase will be subject to penalties or
operating restrictions imposed by governmental authorities in the PRC
resulting from the operations of their online games, including suspension of
their Internet service or other penalties; and other risks outlined in
NetEase’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NetEase does
not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information,
except as required under applicable law.

    For further information, please contact:

    NetEase.com, Inc.
     Brandi Piacente
     Investor Relations
     Email: brandi@corp.netease.com
     Tel:   +1-212-481-2050

     Li Jia
     Email: liddyli@corp.netease.com
     Tel:   +86-10-8255-8208

SOURCE NetEase.com, Inc.


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