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Millions of Gamers Say Goodbye as Blizzard Games Leaves China

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Millions of Chinese gamers are mourning the loss of their beloved games as US company Blizzard Entertainment ends its 14-year licensing partnership with Chinese counterpart NetEase.

As of Monday, games such as “Overwatch”, “Hearthstone” and “World of Warcraft” were no longer available for gamers in China. NetEase, the country’s second-largest gaming company after Tencent, said in a statement that suspending the service “will not extinguish the memories” associated with the games, and they will continue to “shine like a diamond.”

Wang Xiuping, who has spent 2,500 hours on ‘Overwatch,’ told Sixth Tone that she started playing the game after finishing the college entrance exam and it became routine at the time. over the past six years. She also found her boyfriend through the game.

“The ending is like saying goodbye to the best six years of my life,” the 23-year-old said.

In November, California-based company He Said He was suspending gaming services in China after failing to “renew agreements consistent with Blizzard’s operating principles and commitments to players and employees.” That means more than half a dozen games from the company – including ‘Warcraft’, ‘Overwatch’, ‘Diablo’ and ‘StarCraft’ – won’t be available in China from Monday.

However, Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper mentioned the partnership ended after revenue-sharing negotiations between the two companies failed.

Several players said they got caught up in the battle between two companies, leaving them with no choice but to quit. Peng Bocheng, who has been playing “Overwatch” for five years, said he quit all multiplayer games to avoid further possible outings.

“We are exhausted from the long and chaotic negotiations between Blizzard and NetEase,” Bing said.

Meanwhile, Blizzard has also banned Chinese players from participating in this year’s Hearthstone esports competition, citing the end of their partnership with NetEase. this stage Disappointed Many players are preparing for the tournament.

But loyal gamers like Wang are still hopeful that Blizzard will return to China, as the game company has been on the lookout for other potential partners.

“I think Blizzard will come back,” Wang said. ” It’s just a matter of time. I’ll wait. »

Publisher: Bebek Bhandari.

(Title photo: IC)

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