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JLM Pacific Epoch, the source that revealed this whole WoW China debacle to us in the first place, has continued their ongoing coverage of the World of Warcraft situation in China. As reported previously, The9 is no longer in charge of WoW China. The whole thing has been handed over to NetEase, who...

June 2nd 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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World of Fighter (yes there's been a name change), the newest game from The9, the former publisher of WoW in China, is not going to be a WoW clone, or a Warhammer ripoff. Rather it seems to embody most of the characters from Capcom's flagship title Street Fighter and a few of their other IPs. The...

May 28th 2009 at 8:30am 0 Comments
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In an interesting twist to the dramatic saga of World of Warcraft in China, The9, the former distributor of the game until they lost the license last April, is suing Blizzard in two cases involving property loss compensation and commercial defamation. A company representative confirmed the news to s...

May 27th 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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WoW has been in a state of flux in China lately, with the9 failing to gain approval from the government to publish Wrath of the Lich King, which in turn may or may not have lead to Blizzard licensing the operation of WoW in China to Netease instead. In the midst of all this, it has been the players...

May 16th 2009 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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The9's loss of publishing rights for World of Warcraft in China has been in the news quite a bit. Surrounded by rumours of bankruptcy in the wake of losing their biggest license, the company survived and it has plans. Now both the Wall Street Journal and our sister site are reporting about their ne...

May 4th 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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You have to give Chinese company The9 a bit of credit. The loss of such the publishing rights to World of Warcraft would have destroyed lesser companies, it just made them teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. Now they're back -- with World of Fight.The teaser site went up earlier in the week and reek...

May 3rd 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Massively Speaking Episode 50 returns this week with Michael Zenke taking on the esteemed co-hosting position. Michael returns just for this week to chat with Shawn about all of the week's MMO news including WAR's patch 1.21, CoH's vast player-created content, Shadowbane's closing, the Free Realms b...

April 22nd 2009 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Yes, as you may have noticed in the update on our post the other day, it's confirmed: NetEase will be taking over operating the World of Warcraft in China as of June -- their new homebase over there can be found at wow.163.com. And while we originally reported that The9 would be turning over their...

April 20th 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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As rumor has it, Chinese internet company NetEase has a totally huge crush on Blizzard. It made its first clear attempt at courtship last August by snatching up the rights to operate Battle.net in China, but a recent press release from Blizzard revealed the company's biggest, Say Anything-esque dis...

April 18th 2009 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Yesterday, we reported the rumor that it looked like Chinese World of Warcraft operator The9 might be losing the licensing rights to a competitor, and today we can confirm that rumor to be 100% true. Rival company NetEase has purchased the rights to operate World of Warcraft in China, starting once...

April 16th 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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The9 has been the target of persistent rumors over the last few months that they're on the verge of losing their license from Blizzard to operate World of Warcraft in China. First, we heard about their financial troubles, and then came rumors that Blizzard was going to ditch them. And now we've got...

April 15th 2009 at 7:00pm 0 Comments