Blizzard Entertainment announced on the 16th (local time) that there was no re-sign with Netizen. As a result, Blizzard game service in China will be suspended in January 2023. Blizzard did not clarify the reason for failing to re-contract.
The games that are interrupted this time are developed by Blizzard, including World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Warcraft 3, Overwatch, Star Craft, Diablo 3, and Heroes of the Storm.
‘Diablo Immortal’ was a game developed by Blizzard with Netizen, so it did not climb the list of service stops right away. Blizzard said, Diablo mortal will be processed according to a separate contract.
Blizzard announced that it will announce a new service method in the near future. At this time, the method of service in China will also be known in China, World of Warcraft: Yong gun, Hearthstone: The Rich King’s march, and Overwatch 2 Season 2.
Mike ISARA Blizzard thanked Netizen’s last 20 years of partnership, saying, We are looking for alternatives to rebuild the game to Chinese users.