NEWSBy Darryl Lara November 19, 2022Blizzard games become unplayable in China after licensing deal with NetEase expires
Blizzard recently announced that it will be shutting down its games in China after it was unable to strike a new deal with its current license holder NetEase.
The current license expires on January 23 after fourteen years of partnership between the two companies.
With the license expiring, the players from China won't have access to games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, Diablo 3, and so much more.
Diablo Immortal, which was co-developed by NetEase, is covered by a different license and agreement, so it will still be available after the deal has expired.
NetEase claims that the expiration of the licensing deal will not have a material impact on the company’s financial results.
The deal's expiration will mark the end of the decades-long relationship between NetEase and Blizzard.
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