24 Nov

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最滑稽搞笑的财报会议 九城不可不听

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Good morning. Thanks for taking my question. Can you go over how much it costs to set up each server site, each full server site of 40 servers and how long that would take?

Xiaowei Chen
Thank you for your question. The price of the server is not always the same. However, as hardware manufacturers come down in price, which is thankful for us, the previous cost is about $40 million per server site and now it's about $30 million -- I'm sorry, I apologize -- RMB40 million per server site and now it has come down to about RMB30 million per server site. And it takes about generally two weeks to set up, from purchase to set up, three months.

Right, and why did you set up server site 10 when server site 9 was not full?

Xiaowei Chen
The setting up of server site 10 is in anticipation of one, the -- so first of all, CN9 is in China Telecom -- I apologize. First of all, CN9 is with China Netcom and CN10 is in China Telecom, so the two are not overlapping with each other. And secondly, CN10 was set up in anticipation of two waves of player growth surge -- number one is after they come back from summer break and Olympics and more importantly, it's in anticipation of player number growth for the launch of Wrath of the Lich King.

So can I interpret that server 9 and 10 is for different regions?

Xiaowei Chen
Yes, correct. The two regions don't connect, so you either enter server 9 or server 10, because one is with China Netcom in the north and the other is China Telecom in the south.

Okay, and a second question is did you notice any difference in game playing style for World of Warcraft between when before Wrath of the Lich King launched and after Wrath of the Lich King launched, in terms of going on raids and long-term playing habits?

Xiaowei Chen
I will ask the operational VP, who is in charge of launching World of Warcraft, to answer this question.

Huanxin Jiang
Actually, before Wrath of the Lich King, the core team were just raid such as Black Temple, but after Wrath of the Lich King, I think the most game experience just level up from 70 to 80.

Xiaowei Chen
Let me quickly give you what's in Wrath of the Lich King so that you have a better idea about -- is that what you are asking for?


Xiaowei Chen
Okay. In Wrath of the Lich King, there are several major upgrades. Number one is that the necromantic powers of the death knight, it's now the WoW's first hero class and the quest level from the maximum of 70 before has been increased to 80 and now players can also acquire new inscription professions. And there has been more maps that's added to the expansion pack, and also obviously new character and customization options.

So what we would anticipate is yes, probably longer playing time, average playing time for our players and they would have more new levels to work up to and more new characters and inscription professions to work with.

Ok. Thank you very much.
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