Blizzard Entertainment: The existing licensing contract with NetEase will expire and most game services will be suspended in mainland China

TechWeb 2022-11-17 13:24:15 阅读数:168


[TechWeb] News on November 17th, Blizzard Entertainment issued a statement on November 16th, stating that since the existing licensing agreement with NetEase will expire on January 23rd, 2023, most of Blizzard Entertainment in mainland China will be suspended.Game services, including series such as "World of Warcraft", "Hearthstone", "Overwatch", "StarCraft", "Warcraft III: Remastered Edition", "Diablo III" and "Heroes of the Storm".Since "Diablo Immortal" is jointly developed with NetEase, this work is not included in the above agreement.

Blizzard Entertainment stated that the two parties have not reached a renewal agreement that is in line with Blizzard's operating principles and commitments to players and employees. These agreements will expire on January 23, 2023.Blizzard will suspend new game sales in the next few days, and Chinese players will receive relevant details soon.

In addition, the statement also revealed that Blizzard is looking for alternatives to bring Blizzard games back to players in the future.