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NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited(HKSE: 0777)

NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 777.HK), established in 1999, is a global leading creator of internet communities. Its headquarters are located in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. NetDragon has been among the leaders on a variety of economic indicators in domestic industry and squeezed into the Forbes Global 2000. It is honored as the “Key Software Enterprise under the National Planning Arrangement”, the “National Cultural Industry Model Base”, and the “Key Enterprise of National Cultural Export”. In addition, NetDragon has held a spot on the “National Top 30 Cultural Enterprises” for three years in a row and “China’s Top 100 Internet Enterprises” issued by China’s ministry of industry and information technology for seven years in a row, jumping to the 3rd place on Forbes’ “China’s Listed Potential Enterprises Top 100”. NetDragon is also included in the Hang Seng Large-Cap & Mid-Cap Index, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect and Shanghai-Hong King Connect. With more than 6,000 employees worldwide, NetDragon was named the “Outstanding Employer” by Fortune magazine twice.

The core business of NetDragon maintains a leading position in the market. Eudemons Online and Conquer Online are NetDragon’s self-developed flagship games with great popularity. The company also launched China’s online game portal - 17173.com and highly influential mobile service platform, 91 Wireless. In 2013, NetDragon sold 91 Wireless for $1.9 billion to Baidu.

NetDragon is a prominent developer, operator and publisher of online games in China, and also China’s pioneer succeeding in overseas expansion. Its self-developed games, such as Eudemons Online, Conquer Online, Heroes Evolved, and Vows of Heroes, are released in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and other 11 kinds of languages, covering more than 180 countries. With a persistent focus on enhancing its core competence through self-dependent innovation, NetDragon has developed C3 and S3 game engines independently, becoming one of the very few companies that are able to develop a whole series of 2D, 2.5D and 3D products, and is cited as a model for public service of online games. NetDragon was constantly awarded “Overseas Expansion Award for National Games”, “Top 10 Chinese Game Developers”, “Top 10 Chinese Game Operators”, “Top 10 Chinese Marketing Companies” and “Golden Plume Award” by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, and was selected to the “Key Enterprises of National Cultural Export” by the Commerce Department. In 2019, NetDragon was ranked amongst the “Top 10 Socially Responsible Game Enterprises”.

NetDragon has grown into a principal force to promote education development and innovation in the internet and mobile education industry, and is striving to build a global life-long learning community. Its education service system was built with hardware, software, platform and resources based on the market segments that covers preprimary education, basic education, higher education, vocational education, enterprise training, non-degree and life-long education.

NetDragon is deepening the combination of education with cutting-edge technologies such as VR, AR, AI, 3D, and Big Data. Relying on the technology and knowledge accumulated in online game and mobile industry, NetDragon has a remarkable record in developing digital education tools and solutions. Its 101 Pad is a student tablet exclusive for K12 education. 101 Education PPT is a professional software for teacher to plan and teach lessons. VR Mysticraft is an educational DIY VR editor that offers a large number of 3D materials. 101 Smart Classroom is a comprehensive solution for intelligent teaching and learning that covers the three-stage process of before-class, during-class and after-class. 101 VR Immersion Classroom is a highly open, interactive and immersive education solution integrated with VR technology. Pop-up Space can be easily transported and assembled that improves the education resources in developing countries. In addition, NetDragon partners with a number of world-renowned educational institutions, publishers and universities to integrate tons of excellent educational resources worldwide.

NetDragon always stands at the forefront of technology. Entrusted by the Government of Fujian Province with the construction of China (Fujian) VR Industrial Base in 2016, NetDragon took an early lead in the VR market and became the industry standard. This world-oriented project covers software development, hardware production, content resources sharing, talent training, app experience, and all other businesses related to the VR industry. In the same year, NetDragon acquired Cherrypicks Alpha, and then entered into a partnership with ARHT Media, which provided a solid basis for NetDragon to seize a significant portion of the VR/AR market. NetDragon’s VR/AR business is now blooming in many areas, such as education, game, home, and tourism. In 2018, NetDragon launched the first “AI + Education” product “AI Assistant for 101 Education PPT”, showcasing an intelligent classroom hosted by one teacher and numerous “teaching assistants”. In 2019, NetDragon pioneered in “5G + Education” and created the future classroom through a combination of 5G and holographic technology.

In recent years, NetDragon has been accelerating a global layout of education strategies. In 2015, NetDragon acquired Suzhou Chivox, a Chinese leading intelligent voice technology provider, which uniquely enriched its education products in the fields of speech assessment, automatic speech recognition (ASR) and language teaching. In the same year, NetDragon completed the acquisition of Promethean, a global educational giant, and successfully integrated Promethean’s educational hardware products like Whiteboard and Activtable into NetDragon’s “101 Smart Classroom”, realizing innovative blending of technologies. In 2017, the acquisition of JumpStart, a provider of educational products, further expanded NetDragon’s online communities. In 2018, NetDragon acquired Edmodo, a global learning community with over 100 million registered users. NetDragon also announced its strategic investment in big data smart education platform Eiduo to further reinforce its education business. Through a series of strategic investment in education, NetDragon has delivered its educational services to more than 2 million classrooms, 12 million teachers, and nearly 100 million users in 192 countries worldwide, making a global K-12 educational community network and ecosystem.

With the themes of “Digital Education” and “Global Innovation” focused, NetDragon is building an international digital education town in coastal city Fuzhou to meet future education. The project as an active response to the Belt and Road initiative is built to be a global base for producing digital education content and will propose China’s digital education solutions to the world.

NetDragon always adheres to the guiding influence of core socialist values in its enterprise culture, constantly creating social benefits. As one of the initiators of anti-addiction system in China, NetDragon takes an active part in the development and spread of the system in online games. It advocates civilized internet and the idea of health entertainment, and gives an active involvement in the construction of self-examination system proposed by the Ministry of Culture. Focusing on school children of different ages, NetDragon disseminates traditional moral culture to the society. In addition, the company collaborated closely with the YBC office in Fujian to follow the Youth Business International model, which has provided trainings for nearly 100,000 people. Fujian NetDragon Youth Business Foundation has been established to provide venture creation training, mentorship program, and many other non-profit services.

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