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Blizzard servers have been shut down and there is no return of the servers in sight right now. Apparently this is due to Blizzard and Chinese Publisher NetEase being unable to reach an agreement to continue. All video games in China are required to have a Chinese Publisher but Blizzard was fine for 14 years in China until the NetEase negotiations fell through and Blizzard puts the blame solely on NetEase.

Games affected are World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo 3, and Overwatch. It is estimated that there are 3 million World of Warcraft players in China alone. Gamers can still access these games in other regions but unfortunately China has its own unique edition of World of Warcraft which means that any money spent on cosmetics or DLC is effectively gone.

Blizzard is seeking another Chinese Publisher to gain access in China again but no luck so far. There is a rumor that they may seek some agreement with Microsoft to host their Chinese servers even if Microsoft Doesn't buy Activision/Blizzard.

Please don't turn this thread into a Political Tirade against China because it's not what's going on. It's about failed negotiations between Blizzard and NetEase.

 
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Was the Diablo player that spent $100K from China?

That would be adding insult to injury.
 
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Read a few other articles on this. Kind of not sure what's going on. Is this authentication to battle dot net, or downloading games, or multi-player services? And secondly, why wouldn't blizzard migrate to another cloud before shutting down if they were unhappy with NetEase?
 

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why wouldn't blizzard migrate to another cloud before shutting down if they were unhappy with NetEase?

From what I understand wherever they migrate to it must be a Chinese Publisher. Blizzard just haven't found one yet. NetEase could have been nice and allowed a 6 month grace period to continue Blizzard operations in China until Blizzard could find a new Publisher but they didn't.
 
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From what I understand wherever they migrate to it must be a Chinese Publisher. NetEase could have been nice and allowed a 6 month grace period to continue Blizzard operations in China until Blizzard could find a new Publisher but they didn't.
Please don't turn this thread into a Political Tirade against China because it's not what's going on. It's about failed negotiations between Blizzard and NeNetEase
I must respectfully say no more but leave it at "it is what it is."
 
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Fear not Tencent is already working on a WoW replacement:D:


I'm not even a WoW player just know some minimal stuff about it but that looks like Deathwing to me.
 
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Fear not Tencent is already working on a WoW replacement:D:


I'm not even a WoW player just know some minimal stuff about it but that looks like Deathwing to me.
Great point. This is how you wipe out your competition, and basically give the player base in China WoW+TERA+Elyion=The WoW 2 they always wanted. Someone at Tencent hit up NetEase and was like "thanks guys" :toast:
 
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Great point. This is how you wipe out your competition, and basically give the player base in China WoW+TERA+Elyion=The WoW 2 they always wanted. Someone at Tencent hit up NetEase and was like "thanks guys" :toast:

I'm gonna be honest here, given the chance I would actually try that out for the lolz/curiosity even if only for a short period.:oops:
 
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Ah, so that's what the goofy article about wow players "literally crying when they tried to log in" was about. Didn't read anything but the clickbaity lead in as I browsed the news this morning.
It's never good when gamers can't get their fix man, never good.
 
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From what I understand wherever they migrate to it must be a Chinese Publisher. Blizzard just haven't found one yet. NetEase could have been nice and allowed a 6 month grace period to continue Blizzard operations in China until Blizzard could find a new Publisher but they didn't.
they kinda did give them a grace period, this had been known since fall 2022 at the very latest (at the very least, thats when i became aware of it)

they just failed to find anything in the meanwhile
 
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Please don't turn this thread into a Political Tirade against China because it's not what's going on. It's about failed negotiations between Blizzard and NetEase.
It's hard to fully depoliticize it though due to the reason mentioned in your linked post : "All videogames in China are required by law to have a Chinese publisher". As soon as the home-grown production market starts to reach the point of wanting to produce equivalents of what they're "partnering" with, all of sudden "partner publishers" may be under pressure to offer significantly less favourable conditions due to being 'leaned on' by a senior official without actually being seen to ban competition. Something that's been observed in other sectors in the past. ie, why couldn't Blizzard find a partner? Is it 100% Blizzard's fault for not looking hard enough / demanding too much? Or were the new 'partnership' terms not very good by design at the same time as China's domestic game production industry coincidentally has reached a certain stage of growth? The only way you'll get the truth here is to examine the actual contract as I wouldn't take the word of either company involved at face value...
 

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Here's the thing. I understand that there is a political aspect involved in this discussion but if this thread slips off into politics and bashing China from a political standpoint then a moderator will just close it so please don't. At least until everyone that wants to has had an opportunity to comment on this situation.
 
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