In December we reported on how Chinese language gamers had been being ready for the top of World of Warcraft (opens in new tab), with Blizzard’s 14-year publishing settlement with NetEase drawing to a detailed. All new gross sales of Blizzard video games within the area have been suspended since late final yr and, whereas Blizzard promised to discover a resolution for save transfers, the continued operation of its video games requires discovering a brand new Chinese language publishing accomplice.

It now appears inevitable that Blizzard’s video games in China will stop to operate on January 23 when its present deal runs out, after NetEase turned down a proposed six month extension below the present phrases. Blizzard China stated on the Chinese language microblogging website Weibo (via Reuters (opens in new tab)) that it had contacted NetEase final week concerning the extension, however been turned down: 

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