Activision Blizzard Is Shutting Down Services In China

Activision Blizzard, the publisher of games like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, and subject of half a dozen ongoing labor cases, has announced that it will be ending service to most Blizzard games in China. This cessation of service is caused by an expiring agreement between Activision Blizzard and NetEase, a massive internet company and video game publisher in China. The agreements expire on January 23, 2023, and will end service for Warcraft, Hearthstone, Warfcraft III: Reforged, Overwatch, the StarCraft series, Diablo III, and Heroes of the Storm. However, Diablo Immortal’s service will continue, as the game was co-published under a different agreement.


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