The majority of Blizzard games are currently being shut down in China. These include World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and Diablo, which are all still being developed by NetEase. At the same time, Diablo Immortal is still working.
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According to a post on Blizzard's Weibo account, NetEase has rejected the renewal offer.
NetEase was apparently offended by this, as the company responded with a message of its own, saying, "This is why we're so pissed off."
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NetEase included a somewhat funny joke in their report, accusing Blizzard of attempting to profit from NetEase, calling it a "divorce, yet an attempt to live together."
Blizzard and NetEase have been working together in China for 14 years. The news that their long-term partnership has come to an end was a shock to the players. One of the Chinese Chengdu Hunters, posted a sad farewell to a game that the team and casual players no longer have access to (at least legally).
Blizzard's spokesperson Joe Christinat said in a statement to The Verge: "We're not going to be able to guarantee any damages."