The Blizzard Games are officially returning to China

April 10, 2024 by No Comments


After being forced out of the country in 2023, Blizzard Games is officially returning to China after Microsoft and NetEase A new contract was signed.

The deal resumes a deal between Blizzard and NetEase that began in 2008, which saw the games published domestically. The new publishing deal will see World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo, Overwatch, Starcraft and more return to the Chinese market.

In addition to Blizzard Games, Microsoft and NetEase “Explore bringing new NetEase titles to Xbox consoles and other platforms.”

By 2024, NetEase will be the second largest video game company in China after Tencent.

“We at Blizzard are excited to reestablish our partnership with NetEase and work together to deliver epic gaming experiences to players in China, with a deep appreciation for the collaboration between our teams.” Blizzard Entertainment President Johanna Faris said in a press release. “We are deeply grateful for the passion the Chinese community has shown for Blizzard games over the years, and we are focused on bringing our universes back to players with excellence and dedication.”

“We are excited to celebrate our collaboration and begin the next chapter, built on trust and mutual respect, to serve our customers in this unique community we have built together.” NetEase CEO and Director William Ding said in a release. “Our commitment to providing a more exhilarating and creative entertainment experience is unwavering, and we are excited to foster positive synergies to encourage and empower collaboration to bring the joy of gaming to the wider community.”

Blizzard Games’ return date to China will be announced by the companies at a future date.


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