Analyst: StarCraft II in Chinese Approval Pipeline

While we can’t find correlation anywhere, Cowen Group analyst Doug Creutz states in a research note that China’s NetEase has submitted Activision Blizzard’s StarCraft II to Chinese government authorities for approval.

In his note Creutz wrote that “Although the timing of governmental approval is (as always) uncertain, we believe the submission likely means a launch of ‘Starcraft II’ sometime in 2011.”

The analyst called this “welcome news,” as the game represents NetEase’s “next clear growth catalyst."

NetEase issued third quarter results today, reporting total revenues of RMB 1.4 billion (approximately $215.1 million) for the three-months ending September 30, versus total revenue of RMB 879.4 million in the same quarter one year earlier.

Creutz’s take on the quarterly results, “…better than expected revenue and gross profits were more than offset by ballooning market expense; bottom line upside was driven by currency gains and a lower-than-expected tax rate.”

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