Blizzard and NetEase have publicly "broken up" and will officially break up on January 24, 2023. At that time, all Chinese service games, clients and accounts will be closed.
In addition to Diablo: Immortal, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Warcraft III: Remastered, and Heroes of the Storm will all be stopped.
For now, domestic players who want to continue playing Blizzard games next year will have to hope that a new domestic company takes over as soon as possible.
According to Sina Finance report, a Tencent game source said that at the beginning of this year, there were conflicts between NetEase and Blizzard and the news of possible termination. Tencent has been in contact with Blizzard for at least a year.
"It feels like Tencent is running along. The industry as a whole is in a downturn this year, so Tencent is unlikely to pay a lot of money to sign a deal," the person said.
The game plate number is also one of the most important factors affecting the acquisition, but in terms of the current domestic industry situation, who gets the new agent is not too easy.
In addition, the source also said that Blizzard and NetEase have been on the game concept of differences, Blizzard is more concerned about the game experience, NetEase attaches more importance to stimulate the players to win the psychology, "Blizzard despise this kind of situation, NetEase also dislike Blizzard is still arrogant, so there are conflicts in the management of the game."
From the current situation, it is inevitable that Blizzard games will be suspended next year. If NetEase fails to renew the contract, the suspension period may be extended indefinitely.