Sad for the gamers in China. I would be devastated by this news if it was my country. Hope they can keep their in-game stuff somehow when another distributor or something picks the games back up.
I feel so sorry for the Chinese player base. I can't imagine how frustrating and upsetting this is for them. Hoping there is some kind of common ground that can be found between these two entities.
I'm surprised nobody else pointed out that 3% translates into 30% so, even if WoW isn't the main cash cow anymore, Blizzard or Activision-Blizzard could still find a way to screw over the rest of the playerbase.
Same story recently happened in War Thunder, which would point that theres something going on with Chinese Distributors/Chinese Government and data.War Thunder was also under plenty of DDoS attacks since announcement, wont be surprised if thats the reason for yesterdays problems
Let me get this straight, you can no longer provide a service in China from January 2023. Yet you STILL want Chinese players to pre-order and buy the game?Just wow...If it's anything like Immoral release issue in china, this will take at least 12 months to resolve.
I hope it can be resolved, I have friends over there who play.
I have no feelings for the company battles, but I do feel sad for my CN wow classic players. They missed Uldur 15 years agao due to the same reason. And now they have to endured it again, how sad!
I do hope they find another source for or CN friends can continue to play WoW, who knows maybe Tencent will fly in with their capes on and S on the chest or should I say T on the chest.
So, WOW is shutting down in a country who called videogames "Spiritual Opium", not surprised at all. Doing business in China is always a losing proposition in the long run as long as the Communist Party is in power.
Good riddance, I say. They were a mere 3% of Blizzards income, and I’m willing to bet this has to do with China trying to force companies to give in to the horrendous oversight by the communist regime, and if so, kudos to Blizzard for doing this. I honestly wish other companies (I’m looking at you, Apple / Tim Cook) would pull out of China too until they can play on a level playing field with the rest of the planet.