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YY Inc. Announces Resignation of Chief Executive Officer

GUANGZHOU, China, May 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- YY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) ("YY" or the "Company"), a live streaming platform, today announced that Mr. Zhou Chen has tendered his resignation as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) for health reasons, effective immediately. Mr. David Xueling Li, the Company’s Chairman, will assume the role of acting CEO. Mr. Zhou Chen will continue to serve the Company as a strategic advisor.

Mr. David Xueling Li stated, “On behalf of the Company’s Board of Directors, I would like to thank Mr. Zhou Chen for his contributions in helping to build the Company over the past ten years and, most recently, in his role as CEO. He has been a strong leader, a good partner, and a friend. We are regretful to see him leaving YY and sincerely wish him well. I am also honored to come back as YY’s acting CEO.”

Mr. Zhou Chen further commented, “Over the past decade, I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful company and work with its strong management team and talented employees. I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together and am confident that YY has a strong foundation to continue to grow for years to come.”

About YY Inc.

YY Inc. (“YY” or the “Company”) is a live streaming platform that enables users to interact in live online group activities through voice, text and video. Launched in July 2008, YY Client, the Company’s core product, empowers users to create and organize groups of varying sizes to discover and participate in a wide range of activities, including online music and entertainment, online games, online dating and live game broadcasting. YY Inc. was listed on NASDAQ in November 2012 and generated revenues of US$1,182 million in the fiscal year 2016.

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Investor Relations Contact YY Inc. Yuffie Fu Tel: +86 (20) 8212-0000 Email: IR@YY.com ICR, Inc. Jessie Fan Tel: +1 (646) 915-1611 Email: IR@YY.com

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