Blizzard Games Leaves China As “A Jerk” Blocks Contract

A Blizzard booth in China.

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NetEase, the service provider over watch Developers Blizzard has used to bring its games to China over the past 14 years are terminating several licenses with the developer. surveillance 2, Diablo III, World of Warcraft, star ship, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm will no longer be served in mainland China as of January 23, 2023, “and not renewed,” NetEase wrote in a statement dated 17. A NetEase employee called the responsibility for it an “idiot”.

“We have tried very hard and tried with the utmost sincerity to negotiate with Activision Blizzard so that we can continue our cooperation and serve the many dedicated players in China. However, there were significant differences on key terms and we were unable to reach an agreement,” CEO William Ding said in the statement. “We will continue our promise to serve our players well until the last minute. We will ensure that our players’ data and assets are well protected across all our games.” Chinese players will still have access to it Diablo immortalNetEase said, since it’s “covered by a separate long-term agreement.”

In a statement of its own dated Nov. 16 Blizzard wrote that Chinese players should also expect a sales ban “in the coming days,” which they’ll elaborate on soon. But add-on releases are limited to 2022, inclusive surveillance 2‘s season two and World of Warcraft: Dragonflightwill continue as planned (although there won’t be much time to enjoy them).

Both companies have chosen to remain dignified in their investor-focused press releases (“The expiry of [Blizzard] Licensing will not have a material impact on NetEase’s financial results reassured his readers), but TechCrunch sighted that NetEase President of Global Investments and Partnerships Simon Zhu unleashed surprising breakup bitterness in a LinkedIn post.

“As a gamer who has spent ten thousand hours in the world of Azeroth, Starcraft and Overwatch, I am heartbroken that I will not be able to access my account and memories for next year,” he wrote. “One day, when you can learn what happened behind the scenes, developers and players will have a whole new understanding of how much damage one idiot can do.”

Neither Blizzard nor NetEase have responded to requests for comment on the release in a timely manner, so we have to speculate on who exactly Blizzard’s “idiot” is. there are a lot of from options. Blizzard Games Leaves China As “A Jerk” Blocks Contract

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