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NetEase (NTES 5.27%)
Q1 2022 Earnings Call
May 24, 2022, 8:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Good day and welcome to the NetEase first quarter 2022 earnings conference call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Margaret Shi, IR director of NetEase. Please go ahead, ma'am.

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

Thank you, operator. Please note the discussion today will contain forward-looking statements relating to future performance of the company and are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability as established by the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, assumptions and other factors.

Some of these risks are beyond the company's control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those mentioned in today's press release and in this discussion. A general discussion of the risk factors that could affect NetEase business and financial results is included in certain filings of the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F, and the announcement and the filings on the website of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required by law. During today's call, management will also discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures for comparison purposes only.

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For a definition of non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results, please see the 2022 first quarter earnings news release issued earlier today. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. In addition, investor presentation and a webcast replay of this conference call will be available on the NetEase corporate website at ir.netease.com. Joining us today on the call from NetEase senior management is Mr.

William Ding, chief executive officer; Mr. Charles Yang, chief financial officer; and other members of senior management. I will now turn the call over to Charles, who will read the prepared remarks on behalf of William.

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Margaret, and thank you, everyone, for participating in today's call. Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that all percentages are based on RMB. We kicked off 2022 with a solid quarter, advancing each of our business lines, with total revenues coming in at RMB 23.6 billion, up nearly 15% year over year, and our net operating profit increased 29% year over year to RMB 5.5 billion. Online games revenues were RMB 17.3 billion, growing by 15% year over year.

Our flagship titles continue to impress with their remarkable longevity and strength. In the first quarter, revenue from Fantasy Westward Journey Online and new Westwood Journey Online II continued to grow steadily, demonstrating NetEase's core competence in operating franchise IPs over an impressive duration and longevity of about 20 years. With immersive festive activities and engaging new expansion packs during the Chinese New Year period, we are thrilled that these epic games remain as attractive and appealing to the players as ever. We are actively growing many other long-lasting franchises in addition to these legacy titles, keeping our content fresh with years of perseverance and dedicated craftsmanship.

Take LifeAfter as an example, our open world doomsday survival game, first introduced in 2018 continues to lead its category with its distinctive survival game play. Since its operation of more than three years ago, we've been frequently rolling out big updates for LifeAfter on an almost quarterly basis, refreshing players' appetite with numerous content updates. In the first quarter, the Spring Festival version of LifeAfter brought the game to the forefront once again on China's iOS top grossing chart. In terms of newly launched titles, nearly one year since its launch, Naraka: Bladepoint maintains strong engagement levels with fast-paced content updates, including new gameplay, heroes and weapons.

Adding to our regular update schedule, we are prepping for a significant update, including the first new map to bring new excitement to the whole player community in the second half of this year. Featuring unchained melee combat, Naraka: Bladepoint was a huge breakthrough for us in eSports and has become one of the most popular games on live streaming platforms in China. To round out the games ecosystem, we established a multi-tiered tournament system consisting of scrimmages, regional tournaments and a World Championship catering to different player groups including the general public as well as professional teams across different regions. In January, we concluded the first World Championship tournament, the game's highest level of competition, which attracted considerable attention from eSports fans worldwide and brought global players in an exciting visual feast.

We are also seeing growing momentum with Infinite Lagrange, similar to our original SLG game Invincible, this next-generation SLG title has begun to show healthy sustainable growth trend in the first quarter. As the game advances, we are steadily gaining more confidence in our ability to extend the success of SLG games to an even broader demographic. In April, we launched Dead by Daylight Mobile in Asia, co-developed with Behavior and published by us. Dead by Daylight Mobile is the mobile version of the famous asymmetrical battle arena game, bringing players unrivaled asymmetrical competitive experiences on mobile platforms.

Soon after its debut, Dead by Daylight Mobile tops the iOS download chart in both Japan and Thailand, with very strong user engagement. In the second half of the year, we plan to bring to the world more exciting titles, which we hope to thrill our growing global community. In particular, we are extremely excited to have Diablo Immortal slated for release on the second of June in most global markets. And last Friday, at our annual Game Day event, we announced that the China launch of Diablo Immortal is now confirmed for June 23rd.

As one of the gamer communities most anticipated titles this year, Diablo Immortal marks one of the most ambitious game release in the Diablo franchise's 25-year history and will bring fans and new players an uncompromised AAA gaming experience. Preregistration has been exceptional, with more than 35 million people preparing for the battles to come worldwide, including 15 million in China and counting. Diablo Immortal supports both cross-play and cross-progression, allowing global players to join the fight with each other regardless of platform while being able to seamlessly transition between mobile and PC gameplay. We consider the debut of Diablo Immortal a huge opportunity to show the world, particularly western gamer community, about NetEase's strong R&D capability.

We take a very global view of our online gaming business, and Diablo Immortal truly embodies the sort of worldwide appeal that we hope to possess. Next in the pipeline, we will be introducing Naraka: Bladepoint on console. The development is well on track, and we are definitely excited about its prospects and to welcome console players to our global Naraka: Bladepoint community. Equally exciting is our planned global market launch of Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, which captivated the Chinese market since last September.

While we are putting great effort into the global vision, we are also simultaneously working intensively to update the game in China, regularly rolling out new cards, costumes and gameplay to add even more fun. Our rich pipeline goes far beyond these titles, and we continue to initiate new projects on schedule. As usual, we held our 2022 annual game product launch event last Friday on May 20th, revealing the latest information about other exciting titles in the pipeline, including the mobile versions of Justice and Naraka: Bladepoint; Eggy Party, a casual game; Roar of War; Vive le Football; and Mission Zero. We encourage you to read through our press release about this event or watch last Friday's event replay to get more comprehensive information.

In 2022, we have made more solid progress in globalization. We have always been relentless in our drive to invest in and empower our people, and we are incredibly excited to have more global talents joining us. After years of strategic planning, we now have a number of first-party overseas studios across Japan and North America, each of them being led by top industry veterans who are using their creativity to forge their best titles on NetEase's platform. For example, our three Japanese studios aim to bring -- aim to build great console games for both the Japanese and the global audience.

Earlier this month, we also launched our first U.S. studio, Jackalope Games led by industry veterans, Jack Emmert, who has decades of experience in MMO game development. Our idea is to persistently unleash talent potential by enabling them to focus on core mechanics and storylines with creative autonomy, while offering them solid technical support in areas such as coding and art design. Going forward, we hope the world will see more of NetEase's relevance on AAA releases in the global market, either through self-development, investments or publishing.

Now turning to our education business. NetEase Youdao achieved a solid and sustainable performance in the first quarter after disposing of its academic after-school tutoring businesses, with total net revenues of RMB 1.2 billion and gross margin of 53.1%. Smart learning devices remain the key driver of Youdao's future growth. In the first quarter, Youdao continued to extend its technology offering by launching improved content, features, and new products.

Net revenues from Youdao smart devices segment reached RMB 253 million, representing an increase of 25% year over year. Through partnership with education practices in 11 additional regions, we have added original songs to the Youdao listening pod based on various versions of the English learning textbooks. In early April, we introduced a new product named Youdao Smart Light, Youdao [Inaudible], which integrates AI learning features into a desk lamp. Powered by our robust AI algorithms, it allows users to schedule a plan before they study, look up meanings and translations of words and sentences in Chinese and English during their study time, adding spec and review their homework after they finished studies.

By clicking the screen to conduct research, the device helps students develop more independent learning habits and significantly improve their learning efficiency while protecting their eyes. Looking toward growth opportunities in the STEAM education sector, we have worked hard to optimize the functions and user experience for different courses. As a result, for example, gross billings from Youdao Chess class increased over 170% quarter over quarter. In addition to content upgrades, we have also built a learning community on the Youdao board game academy app.

On this platform, students of Go, Chess and Chinese Chess classes can interact and compete with AI or their peers of similar levels in a fun and engaging way. To complete the cycle of learning, testing, and grading, Youdao has applied to become an official online testing and certification site for various board game associations in China to make the skill certification process easier for our students. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2022, Youdao will remain focused on upgrading its diversified portfolio of products and services, and we have confidence in its future development powered by its sophisticated R&D capabilities and persistent drive to empower education with our technology. With NetEase Cloud Music, we maintained steady momentum in the first quarter.

MAU for our online services were 182 million, largely stable both year over year and quarter over quarter. We also continue to improve our monetization capabilities, growing our net revenues by 39% year over year to RMB 2.1 billion, driven by healthy membership growth and robust social entertainment services. Our membership paying ratio reached 20%, compared with 13% in the same period last year. We made enhancements to our content and introduced more product feature innovations to improve the user experience, which helps us drive paying user growth.

Additionally, gross margins more than doubled quarter over quarter in the first quarter, reaching over 12% as we continue to optimize our content cost structure. On the new features front, we introduced our innovative Harry Potter Magic Radio, a joint collaboration with NetEase Games team, which allows users and gamers to enjoy Harry Potter-themed podcast content within the game. While we continue to add unique products and capabilities that help redefine our community's music experience, we are also improving our brand awareness and influence with content-oriented and event-driven campaigns. We offer a full spectrum of varied content as the demands of our useful user base are increasingly diverse and personalized.

By the end of March 2022, our content library consists of more than 90 million music tracks, including music from established labels as well as independent artists. We are attracting independent music talent at a notable rate. And by the end of the first quarter, we have more than 450,000 registered independent artists on our platform. To help independent artists create and promote their music as well as realized commercial value, we continue to nurture music talent with invaluable tools such as support programs, traffic referrals, fan interactions and multiple monetization methods.

Moving on to Yanxuan. April marked its sixth year anniversary. Over the course of the last six years, we have built Yanxuan into an exciting private label consumer lifestyle brand. We have established a strong supply chain system and can accurately profile user preferences with our leading algorithms.

Through diversified channels, Yanxuan has launched a number of popular products such as cat food, bathroom fragrance and ergonomic chairs. As we move ahead, Yanxuan will continue to focus on pets, home cleaning, bedding, and other categories that we excel in, while we continue to launch our regional design products and bring consumers products that facilitate more chilled and pleasant lifestyle. Above all else, NetEase is always a content company with deep-rooted internet DNA. Our ability to innovate, create and leverage our proprietary technology forms a cohesive layer across our different business lines, whether it be games, education or music.

Within each of these areas of robust content, we are steadfast in our mission. Dedicated to improve our content competitiveness, we will continue to invest and innovate to provide users with excellent products and services full of fun, technology, and surprises. At the forefront of each of our business lines is our commitment to social responsibility and charitable endeavors. With the recent pandemic cases in China, each of our businesses have utilized their resources to help the community we are serving.

In March, NetEase Group distributed 1 million copies of anti-pandemic gift packages to cater to people's entertainment, work, and consumption needs. More recently, leveraging the advantage of our supply chain, Yanxuan mobilized 50 pounds of fresh vegetables from our fresh food suppliers for people in COVID-affected Shanghai areas. Additionally, leveraging the power of music as an inspiring and uniting cause, we distributed another 5 million Cloud Music Vimeo memberships for free to the people in Shanghai and nearing province, with the goal of using music to comfort and inspire those impacted by the pandemic. This concludes William's comments.

I will now provide a brief review of our 2022 first quarter financial results. Given the limited time on today's call, I will be presenting some abbreviated financial highlights. We encourage you to read through our press release issued earlier today for further details. Total net revenues for the first quarter were RMB 23.6 billion, or $3.7 billion, representing a 15% increase year over year.

Net revenues from online game services were RMB 17.3 billion, up 15% year over year. The additional growth was primarily due to the increased revenue contribution from the launch of new games such as Naraka: Bladepoint and Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. Net revenues from our mobile games accounted for approximately 67% of total games revenue. Youdao's net revenues were RMB 1.2 billion, compared with RMB 1.3 billion last year same quarter.

Youdao discontinued its after-school tutoring services for academic subjects under China's compulsory education system, K9, since the fourth quarter of last year per regulatory requirement. If we exclude discontinued business, Q1's apple-to-apple revenue stayed relatively stable compared with last year. On the other hand, the Smart Devices business maintained steady growth trajectory, with net revenues up 25% year over year. Net revenues from Cloud Music were RMB 2.1 billion, up 39% year over year.

The increase was primarily due to increased revenues from membership subscription and social entertainment services. Net revenues for innovative businesses and others were RMB 3 billion, up nearly 12% year over year due to business development and seasonality impact of various lines. Our total gross profit margin was 54.5% in the first quarter, up slightly compared with 53.9% in the first quarter of last year. GP margin for our online game services remained stable at 65.1%.

As a reminder, this number is generally stable with some narrow fluctuations based on the revenue mix of mobile and PC titles as well as self-developed and licensed games. GP margin for Youdao was 53.1%, compared with 57.3% in the same period of the last year. The decline was mainly due to the lower revenue proportion from Youdao's learning services, which carry a relatively higher margin. GP margin for Cloud Music excelled in this quarter, climbing to 12.2% versus 4.1% in the preceding quarter and a negative margin of 3.1% in the same period last year.

The significant margin improvement primarily resulted from strong top-line growth, as well as improved content cost control. Additionally, this marks our fourth consecutive quarter of positive growth GP margin for Cloud Music. Gross profit margin for innovative businesses and others was 23.3%, flattish compared with 24.1% in the first quarter of last year. Total operating expenses for the first quarter were RMB 7.3 billion or 31% of our total net revenues.

If you look at our costs in more detail, our selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenues were 12%, compared with 13% last year. The change was mainly due to less marketing spending related to Youdao. If we exclude Youdao, our selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenue were 11%, compared with 10% last year, mainly due to increased spending on certain games' promotions in the first quarter. Our R&D expenses were RMB 3.4 billion or 14% as a percentage of net revenues.

We remain committed to investing in content creation and product development, which is core to our revenue growth. Other income was RMB 28 million for the first quarter. The quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year decrease resulted from the fact that we had certain publicly traded securities in our current investments, and the prices of such securities declined meaningfully in the first quarter. We are required under U.S.

GAAP to reflect for these fair value changes. The effective tax rate was 22% for the first quarter. As a reminder, the effective tax rate is presented on an accrual basis, and the tax rate differ from each of our entities depending on the applicable policies and our operational results. Our non-GAAP net income attributable to our shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 totaled RMB 5.1 billion or $807 million.

Non-GAAP basic earnings per ADS was $1.23 or $0.25 per share. Our cash position remains strong. As of the quarter end, our total cash, cash equivalents, current and noncurrent time deposits, and short-term investment balance totaled RMB 107 billion, compared with RMB 103 billion as of the year-end of last year. In accordance with our latest revised dividend policy, our board of directors have approved a dividend of $0.0644 per share or $0.322 per ADS.

Lastly, under our share repurchase program, approximately 20.1 million ADS have been repurchased as of the first quarter end for a total cost of approximately $1.9 billion. Thank you for your attention. We would like now to open the call to your questions. Operator, please go ahead to the Q&A.

Questions & Answers:


Operator

OK. Thank you. [Operator instructions] We will take our first question from the line of Alicia Yap from Citigroup. Your line is open.

Please go ahead.

Alicia Yap -- Citi -- Analyst

Hello. Hi. Yeah. Thank you.

Can you hear me? OK.

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

Hi, Alicia. Yes, Alicia.

Alicia Yap -- Citi -- Analyst

[Foreign language] My question is on your overseas studio. So given your recent establishment of the overseas studio in the U.S. and Japan, could you share some color with us regarding your hiring plans, your games development plans, and also how you are viewing the overseas talent and future games growth and growth outlook? Thank you.

William Ding -- Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign language]

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

OK. Thank you, Alicia. So we -- the overseas market and the overseas profit development is of utter importance to us. So right now, about 80% of our R&D resources is in China and something between 10% to 20% is in overseas market.

And going forward, we think that we'll probably see a 40% to 60% split, having 40% of the R&D resources in overseas markets. We are working very diligently and actively with overseas development teams to codevelop some games content. Internally, we have a plan, we have a clear goal of how we want to achieve the revenue split between overseas market and the China market. And then hopefully, both the China market and overseas markets will account for a meaningful portion of our revenue.

Thank you.

Alicia Yap -- Citi -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

OK. Will take our next question from the line of Yang Bai from CICC. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Yang Bai -- CICC -- Analyst

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Operator

Are you on speakerphone? Because your line is breaking.

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

[Foreign language] So his first question is about the impact of overseas games market, how that would affect our profitability for games business. And his second question was in terms of -- in addition to Japanese market, where other regions we're thinking of publishing ourselves?

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

OK. So for convenience, I will answer these questions directly in English. When we think of our overseas games increased contribution, obviously, we are in a ramp-up phase. But as we grow more diversified titles across different geographies, like I mentioned in previous quarters, the margin profile shouldn't be very different between domestic game and overseas game in a steady state.

But rather, it is more correlated to the gross billing. So we are very confident in the next three to five years' time as we continue to expand the scale and presence in the overseas market when we have multiple hit titles that universally are appealing to the users, those games are going to demonstrate very, very strong and similar margin profiles as what we have been experiencing with some of our very long-lasting legacy titles here in China. Now, your second question regarding our publishing capability. As you may have noticed that NetEase remains very determined in major markets such as Japan.

And for some titles, even in the West market, we strive to learn and control our own publishing capability. That is something we have to gradually build up and learn as we become a truly global game company. You may have noticed that we've successfully self-published games like Knives Out, Identity V in Japan. We are going to publish Harry Potter: Magic Awakened in Japan.

We are globally publishing Lord of the Rings. I think, going forward, with more content partners, with more IP partners, and with more self-developed or co-developed titles, our global publishing capability, particularly in major markets will be further strengthened. Operator, next question, please.

Operator

OK. We will take our next question from the line of Jialong Shi from Nomura. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Jialong Shi -- Nomura -- Analyst

[Foreign language] Thanks for taking my question. Your game deferred revenue rose by 1% sequentially in 1Q even though you did not launch any new titles in the first quarter. Could you give us some color what were the factors that have contributed to this recovery in your deferred game revenue? I just wonder if this recovery has anything -- had anything to do with the lockdown?

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Jialong. I'll answer this financial question directly in English. So by the way, we rephrased deferred revenue into contract liabilities just to be more precise and accurate under the accounting literature. So yes, as you may have noticed, our contract liabilities increased slightly for games, if you exclude Youdao from that.

It's largely attributable to our strong Q1 growth -- Q1 performance of PC games. As you may know, Chinese New Year period is typically a seasonality peak for PC games. And Fantasy Westward Journey, by the way, after almost two decades of operation, have recorded a new record-high quarterly gross billing and quarterly revenue in the first quarter. World of Warcraft also performed fairly strong in the first quarter, contributing to our strong game contract liabilities that's been recorded in the first quarter.

That's the main reason. Operator, next question, please.

Operator

OK. Thank you. We will take our next question from the line from Felix Liu from UBS. Your line is open.

Please go ahead.

Felix Liu -- UBS -- Analyst

[Foreign language] Thank you. Let me translate myself. My first question is on Diablo Immortal. First, congratulations on the launch.

Could you share any expectations on revenue or user metrics for this game? And which overseas markets will NetEase be responsible for distribution? And any thoughts or color on the long-term collaboration with Microsoft and Activision Blizzard post the game launch? My second question is on Yanxuan, more specifically about the COVID-19 impact to the Yanxuan business in the second quarter and potential turning point? Thank you.

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

OK. Thank you, Felix. I'll answer your questions directly in English. So first of all, Diablo Immortal, while under the partnership agreement, we are a co-developer.

So we got a codeveloper's share of pie from its global revenue. In terms of publishing, NetEase is responsible for the games publishing in Mainland China, whereby Blizzard is responsible for its publishing in rest of the world. You may have noticed that we also have very close partnership -- business partnership with Microsoft because we've been the exclusive partner for Minecraft for multiple years. With the announced acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, we are very, very looking forward to a future strengthened partnership between NetEase and the broad Microsoft franchise, because we are a premium content provider.

They obviously have very, very excellent first-party studios as well as Xbox distribution platform. So there are multiple areas that we can explore potential partnership down the road. To your second question on Yanxuan, we will have Yanxuan's CEO, [Inaudible], to answer your question.

Unknown speaker

[Foreign language]

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

So it's in certain regions. And we do think that our fulfillment and the logistics system has been impacted somewhat by the pandemic. And since the end of March, the fulfillment time has been a lot longer than before. But the good news is that since May, we've seen a much more meaningful improvement and progress.

And we think that progress is still ongoing. Thank you.

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

Operator, next question, please.

Operator

We will take our next question from the line of Lincoln Kong from Goldman Sachs. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Lincoln Kong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

[Foreign language] Hi. Thanks for taking my question. The question is about the overseas game market and our monetization strategy for international games. As we noted, strong engagement of DBT Mobile in Japan, but relatively small grossing.

So we think that those international games monetization matter is evenly distributed within their product life cycle. If so, how should we think about those future high-profile international titles in the second half, especially Harry Potter in Japan? And related to that, how do we view the outlook for the Japanese mobile game market this year, especially year-to-date grossing seems to be a little weaker than expected? Thank you.

William Ding -- Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign language]

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

Yes. It's true that overseas markets are completely different from the China market. In China, majority of the revenue -- games revenue comes from mobile games, whereas for overseas, we have console, we have PC and we have mobile. So for different type of games, there's very different amortization pattern.

And for different countries, amortization is different as well. And all of that, it shouldn't be a big challenge for NetEase. We have decades of experience in gaming R&D. So we should quickly find a way to satisfy users and players in different countries, on different types of devices.

Thank you. Next question, please.

Operator

OK. We will take our next question from the line of Natalie Wu from Haitong International. Your line is open. Please go ahead.

Natalie Wu -- Haitong International Securities -- Analyst

[Foreign language] Thanks management for taking my question and congratulations for a very strong quarter. My question is regarding the pandemic impact on our game business. Just wondering, can you comment on the impact of pandemic opening up in overseas markets on your games business? Because some of your peers noted that the weakness coming due to that fact. Just wondering if you also experienced that kind of the situation.

And in the meanwhile, in terms of the domestic market, did you see increasing time and value spend on your games during the domestic lockdowns? Thank you.

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

Hi, Natalie. It's Charles. In the interest of time, let me answer your question directly in English. So the COVID situation has been lasting since -- it's been more than two years.

Frankly speaking, I think everyone is a victim of this COVID situation. Game industry or broadly speaking, entertainment industry is probably a little bit more fortunate that we are less severely impacted by the COVID than many of the other businesses. When -- frankly speaking, we do not observe any weakness from our overseas market right now because we are fairly, fairly new. And in our early stage of executing our ambitious global strategy, as we continue to launch more games, we feel pretty confident about our growth, particularly in the second half of this year when many of our exciting highly anticipated games will be unveiled to the international game audience.

Now, speaking of the domestic market, for the past quarter, Chinese New Year period is, like I said, a strong seasonality for PC games, but we are not seeing really any meaningful so-called enhanced ARPU or timing spend on mobile. Mobile stayed relatively, I would say, stable. So you are not really seeing any kind of highs and lows of obvious seasonalities or one-off implications caused by the lockdown. I think our game development philosophy is fairly consistent and straightforward.

There's a lot of these macro situations that's beyond anyone's control. What we could do is that try to observe the shifting user experience preferences and try to cater to their shifting preferences by diligently and regularly roll out content update through innovation, through fresh gameplays, etc. I think that is kind of an open secret we've been adopting and operating for the last two decades. From PC screens to mobile screens, through good economies and bad economies, I think that's something -- if anything that we have learned from the COVID or from our past two decades of experience is that remain user-focused and content focused, then we won't go too wrong off the track.

Operator, maybe we have time for one last question.

Operator

OK. Thank you. We will take our next question from the line of Thomas Chong from Jefferies. Your line is open.

Thomas Chong -- Jefferies -- Analyst

[Foreign language] Thanks for taking my question. May I ask a question about the regulatory environment for the online gaming sector after the resumption of the [Inaudible] approval. Should we expect any new regulations or anything that may be released in the future? And on that front, how should we think about the outlook for the domestic gaming sector in coming years in terms of the growth momentum? Thank you.

William Ding -- Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign language]

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[Foreign language]

William Ding -- Chief Executive Officer

[Foreign language]

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

So we're quite optimistic with the growth of the Chinese gaming market. It's a very popular form of entertainment among the younger generation. So as you've seen, you see in April, there's been a batch of new license approval. And I think that going forward, the policy will remain that it supports gaming content that could be beneficial and educational to the gamers and game players.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. I think that that will end our call.

Operator?

Operator

OK. Thank you.

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

Thank you once again. OK. Thank you once again for joining us today. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us directly or TPG investor relations.

Have a great day. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Duration: 64 minutes

Call participants:

Margaret Shi -- Director, Investor Relations

Charles Yang -- Chief Financial Officer

Alicia Yap -- Citi -- Analyst

William Ding -- Chief Executive Officer

Yang Bai -- CICC -- Analyst

Jialong Shi -- Nomura -- Analyst

Felix Liu -- UBS -- Analyst

Unknown speaker

Lincoln Kong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Natalie Wu -- Haitong International Securities -- Analyst

Thomas Chong -- Jefferies -- Analyst

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