I was talking with a former Netease executive yesterday.  His name is Ken Li and he is the person who brought the operation right of World of Warcraft in China from The9 to Netease.  The whole process is an interesting story on its own.  Just as one of my friends said, it is better than David Fincher’s “Social Network”.  But, let’s talk about that some other day, after I organised my notes a little bit.

One thing we discussed yesterday is about loyalty.  Ken said he had a former colleague who started from a junior position in Netease.  The person was quite smart and very soon got noticed by senior executives in Netease.  He was promoted again and again.  And finally, he became the project leader of a new game.   But, after working on the game for about a year, he quited and took the whole development team with him.

“Actually, at that time, he is already very well rewarded financially.  William Ding (Netease’s CEO) never badly treat anyone who can help him.  And, he could make total decisions on the game.  But, he was still not satisfied.  He thought the success of a game completely depended on his own talent.  So, why he had to share the benefit with the company ?”

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...