Blizzard Games Stopped Working in China

World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, Diablo III, and other games' servers are no longer available.

After NetEase and Blizzard failed to come to an agreement and ended their partnership after 14 years of working together, the day has come for games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and Diablo III to stop working in mainland China. Starting January 23, players can't access their accounts.

In case you missed it, the companies couldn't agree on the new contract conditions, with NetEase saying they had "material differences on key terms". The developer then tried to negotiate once again and proposed to extend the partnership for additional six months, but NetEase refused, calling the offer "rude and unreasonable".

Later, the publisher dismantled a massive World of Warcraft statue outside its office while handing out drinks. 

"Activision Blizzard is grateful to our Chinese player community for the passion and creativity over the past two decades," Blizzard spokesperson Joe Christinat told The Verge. "Our commitment to players on mainland China remain strong as we continue to work with Tencent to distribute Call of Duty Mobile as well as [continue] active talks with potential partners to resume gameplay for Activision Blizzard’s iconic franchises."

Chinese players can now either wait for Blizzard to find a new publishing partner or deal with a higher ping on other servers.

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