In December, we reported on how Chinese players were doing prepared for the end of World of Warcraft (opens in new tab), as Blizzard’s 14-year publishing deal with NetEase comes to an end. All new sales of Blizzard games in the region have been suspended since late last year, and while Blizzard promised to find a solution for secure transfers, the continued operation of its games requires a new Chinese publishing partner.

It now seems inevitable that Blizzard’s games in China will stop working on January 23 when the current deal expires, after NetEase rejected a proposed six-month extension under the existing terms. Blizzard China said on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (through Reuters (opens in new tab)) that it had contacted NetEase about the renewal last week, but was rejected:

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