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Chinese WoW Gets New Publisher

Posted by Keith Cross on Apr 16, 2009  | Comments

Chinese WoW Gets New Publisher - MMORPG.com

Blizzard has announced their intention to license World of Warcraft to NetEase.com in mainland China, replacing the game's former Chinese publisher, The9, who have faced player criticism in the past for their handling of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, which is still unavailable to Chinese players.

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and NetEase.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES) today announced that Blizzard Entertainment®’s World of Warcraft® will be licensed to an affiliated company of NetEase.com, Inc. in mainland China for a term of 3 years following the expiration of the current license agreement.

Both companies announced a partnership on Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft® III, StarCraft® II, and Battle.net® gaming platform last summer. Today’s announcement further enhances the partnership between Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase and promotes a consistent level of quality and service in mainland China for all Blizzard Entertainment games involved in the partnership.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm that Chinese gamers have shown us over the years, and we’ve always worked hard, in collaboration with our partners, to ensure that these players receive the same high-quality service and gameplay experiences that we deliver in other regions,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This new agreement with NetEase will support that goal for years to come, and we look forward to collaborating with them on a smooth transition for World of Warcraft moving forward.”

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