Pangu Game (盘古游戏), a game development studio under NetEase, is said to be merged into tech R&D and gaming department Leihuo (雷火), according to an anonymous staff member at NetEase who leaked the information in a WeChat conversation (in Chinese).

Pangu is going to be a sub-department at Leihuo, but it’s unconfirmed whether there will be any personnel layoffs, a person close to the matter says, according to local media (in Chinese).

Leihuo is the development force behind some of NetEase’s most influential self-owned games, which include online game Qiannv Youhun (倩女幽魂),  based on an ancient love tale of a fairy ghost. The game invited celebrity Liu Yifei as a brand representative, but is widely criticized by players for being extremely money consuming.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com