Yay now we can be free from the micro transaction hell we have been in for so long
If anyone thinks this is good news for West is in for a shock expect heavy monetization for all games to recover income lost.
I read it's more about who controls the player personal data and intellectual property ownership than about money, which makes sense given how the Chinese government has been cracking down on any on-line content. Sounds like a good stand up move on Blizzards part for once.
I imagine Blizzard wasn't comfortable with the amount of influence (or money) they would have to cede to Neteasy.The fact that Neteasy is trying to make themselves looks like the good guy in this post (at least that's how the post reads to me), even though they literally add 0 value to Blizzard content wise (they're literally a state mandated parasite) is pretty telling imo.
I feel like they just want to self publish, to not pay royalties to other entities. And it might be a move due to Microsoft buyout.
So they're still allowing people to buy Dragonflight even though servers will be closed less than 2 months later? Ooof. Sad situation for our chinese brethren, hopefully they can find a better partner in china.
I bet under microsoft's new leadership they demanded netease do something about bots, they refused and here we are.
It's too bad for the players that will lose their progression and titles. Kinda hilarious that Simon Zhou is calling someone in Blizzard's strategic management a jerk.Can't believe Netease is still launching Dragonflight just to shut it down end of January in China; that's pretty shifty
They are probably still launching incase an agreement is made within that timeframe.
Good any involvement with Chinese companies are bad for customers in any other region. I see why they added the 12 month sub bonus, right before announcing this.
A 3 month launch doesn't strike me as the right thing to do regardless of contractual obligations from either side, but the way blizzard has been operating lately reeks of textbook management by accounting.Should be interesting to see the flood of CN players to OCE and NA servers via VPNs with the Netease termination.
With the possibility of an agreement being made before the contract expires it makes sense to still launch Dragonflight. Suspending further sales is also the right move. I'm hoping this can get sorted out in some way for those that want to keep playing Blizzard games.
That sucks for the playet base there as they are the ones that are going to suffer.But does this mean we might finally get Tyreals Charger and other items on the store? Since it will be leaving their store.