Chinese internet giant Tencent has beat expert expectations in its third-quarter outcomes, almost doubling its profits as it continues to enjoy strong need for its online computer game.

The company behind messaging app WeChat and the League of Legends gaming studio reported overall revenues RMB125.4 bn (United States $18.4 bn), a 29% year-over-year boost.

Revenues for the quarter ended 30 September were up 85% year on year to $5.71 bn, with a net profit margin increasing to 27% from 26%.

It reported Q3 diluted revenues per share of $0.60.

Worth add service (VAS) digital content offerings, which includes video gaming, video and music, increased 25% year on year, with profits can be found in at $10.5 bn.

Tencent’s Q3 results cover a quarter in which Chinese consumers came out of lockdown, which ought to have meant less time invested online.

Nevertheless, Tencent’s gaming section did not appear to take a hit from this, although this can in part be attributed to a tailwind of deferred gaming sales from the previous quarter.

The business owns a 40% stake in Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, and has financial investments in other popular video games such as Players Unidentified Battleground.

The business said the newest instalment of League of Legends assisted drive mobile video gaming earnings development.

Somewhere else Tencent’s fintech and company section saw earnings increase 24% year over year to $5bn.

Tencent said that advertising in China had actually mostly returned to typical following a downside of ad spend by companies throughout the height of the pandemic.

The Shenzhen-headquartered corporation saw a 16% boost in ad spend throughout its platforms, driven by sectors such as education and ecommerce.

Nevertheless, the company’s cloud computing sector was “impacted by the lingering impact from pandemic”, resulting in a lower than anticipated year-on-year profits development rate.

” This quarter marked the 2nd anniversary of our tactical organisation upgrade, which was meant to boost our strength in customer web and extend our existence to industrial web,” said Ma Huateng, Tencent chairman and president.

” While the upgrade was designed to bear fruit over the longer run, we are currently seeing initial advantages in locations such as consolidating our advertising services, invigorating our item and content platforms, growing our cloud and SaaS organizations and constructing an internal open source code base.”

The combined regular monthly active users of all-in-one messaging apps WeChat and Chinese counterpart Weixin stood at 1.15 billion in Q3, up 5.4% year over year.

In August, WeChat found itself the target of an executive order from the Trump administration, which looked for to ban the messaging app on national security grounds. Critics described the move as part of a trade war and a judge subsequently blocked a move to prohibit it on the grounds that it raised “major concerns” about free speech.