World of Warcraft
has, as you have probably heard, been offline in China for a while now. Even though The9 originally said they'd transfer over their servers
to NetEase, they later decided to fight it out
, leaving WoW offline
for a matter of weeks. And it isn't quite up yet, but they're getting there -- this (very roughly) translated article says that Battle.net servers are now up and running
, so Chinese players can now at least sign in to Battle.net, if not into the game itself. We already went through the same thing here in the US and the EU
, so Azeroth should be back online in China any day now.
Meanwhile, the poor folks at The9 have not been doing so well -- they were on top of the world last year
, but when World of Warcraft
up and flew the griffon out of there, they lost the majority of their business. A new AP article has them revising their expected earnings
down by an "estimated 55 to 75 percent." Ouch.
Let that be a lesson, NetEase. Keep your instances running
and your downtime low, because if Blizzard pulls the plug on a game you're running, they'll be taking a ton of money with them.