Recently, I met an early member of Tencent. His name is Feng Linyi, but most people call him, Night Cat, his nickname. He currently is the CTO of Think Speed Group, a company he founded with a few of his friends, including another early Tencent member, Kung Hoising.

Night Cat joined Tencent in 1998, when the company had only Pony Ma (currently Tencent’s CEO), Zhang Zhidong (currently Tencent’s CTO), Xu Chenye (currently Tencent’s CIO) and a few early members. His technical skill is superior and the first edition of QQ, Tencent’s flagship product, was developed by Zhang Zhidong and him. At that time, the instant messaging system was called OICQ, a clone of the American product ICQ. The system architecture they designed is still in use today, without any major changes. The product was only continually upgraded and expanded. Kung Hoising, Think Speed Group’s COO, was also involved in the development of QQ.

In May 2009, Night Cat and his team began to make online games. They developed a series of web games for the overseas market. Their first game was launched in October 2009. It is called “Napwar”, which means Napoleon War. It is an online strategy game based on European military history of Napoleon. Basically the game is free, but user can pay for better weapons and other game items. Afterwards, they launched “War of 2012”, “War Flow”, “Athuria”, and so on. All of them are online strategy games.

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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...