Gaming ‘I cried all night’: Millions of Chinese lose access to ‘World of Warcraft’ and other hit games

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Millions of players in China have lost access to the iconic “World of Warcraft” franchise and other popular video games, as Blizzard Entertainment’s servers in the country went offline after two decades.

The company’s services in China were suspended at midnight local time on Tuesday, marking the end of an era for fans, after a licensing agreement with longtime local partner NetEase (NTES) expired.

“World of Warcraft,” also known as “WoW,” is a hugely popular online multiplayer game that allows users to fight monsters and journey through expeditions in the medieval world of Azeroth.

Many gamers around the world have grown up with the smash hit, including in China. That was underscored in recent days, as Chinese fans expressed their disbelief over the loss of their longtime pastime in social media posts.

 
Crazy that the game is still going strong after two decades
 
Well that's just sad. Haven't played that game in over a decade but have fond memories of it, especially classic
 
Well that's just sad. Haven't played that game in over a decade but have fond memories of it, especially classic

They'll open it up again after they find a new joint venture company in China
 
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Yeah, no way Activision leaves all that money on the table they will find a way to get that back online.
 
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