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HUYA (HUYA)

Participants
Dana Cheng IR Officer
Catherine Liu CFO
Rongjie Dong CEO & Director
Thomas Chong Jefferies
Lei Zhang Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Alex Liu China Renaissance Securities
Tian Hou T.H. Capital
Vincent Yu Needham & Company
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Operator

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Earnings Conference Call for HUYA Inc. [Operator Instructions]. I'd now like to turn the call over to Ms. Dana Cheng, Company Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Dana Cheng

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Catherine Liu

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Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

Jefferies. from Thomas comes question from Chong Your first

Thomas Chong

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Rongjie Dong

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Catherine Liu

Thomas. you, Thank

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Operator

from comes Merrill question Next Lei of Lynch. from America Zhang Bank

Lei Zhang

questions here. Two

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Rongjie Dong

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Catherine Liu

Lei. you, Thank

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Operator

from Alex China Our next Liu comes question from Renaissance.

Alex Liu

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Rongjie Dong

All right.

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Operator

Our Tian next Hou T.H. Capital. question from from comes

Tian Hou

Okay.

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Rongjie Dong

All right.

market, in we're actually performing question there -- specifically the especially in the not, games in future translation, to the broadcast on a are domestic back us your regions. the As because terms first whether regarding games currently Tencent to for it's is Tencent, of

activities our overseas it speaking a the investments this situation year, market. start will of result with current I of the of in of market. So And purpose the more for the rather the is industry than

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Operator

Vincent question Yu comes & from Needham Your from next Company.

Vincent Yu

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Rongjie Dong

All right.

question consider a the games, the several there games For new games are your first blockbuster actually we regarding as that potential for year.

The is first app mobile. one

potentially second license mobile. really for is be And in The one of year. QX probably legal them this to launched

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of confidence So we launch that the new have games.

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are launching we -- look So new will of forward this your we question. for the first to those year. games That's

Catherine Liu

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investors the at believe we wait follow might should will for of course, that answers that So some the minimal. impact your Hope time. the if new be short-term this be of long-term questions. really guidelines update details there But the we even and changes to rules,

Operator

all you now company questions. the I'd to your to back turn closing call for the Thank remarks. like for

Dana Cheng

for all you Thank joining today. call our conference

free we with in look you. If contact the feel to you further you have speaking forward ir@huya.com, questions, to and quarter. next Thank

Operator

This concludes this call. conference

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