According to a report, Activision Blizzard tried to extend its partnership deal with NetEase to keep its games running in China a little longer, but a deal never came together. Seven Blizzard titles are shutting down in the Chinese market next week.
NetEase and Blizzard couldn't come to an agreement on their existing licensing deal, which means the latter's games will be pulled from China's market. As a result, according to The South China Morning Post, NetEase has begun laying off or reassigning those team members who maintained Blizzard's games.
There are some updates to the announcement that most Blizzard games would suspend service in China in January, due to the company and its partner NetEase not being able to reach a contract extension deal.
Blizzard and NetEase were in the process of re-upping their agreement that sees the latter operate many of the MMO developer's titles in China. However, as alluded to in the recent financial disclosures last week, Blizzard announced this evening that it and NetEase are suspending services to its games in China.