Blizzard and Netease will be cranking out games together at least until 2023

    
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Chinese gaming giant Netease has popped up in the news over and over this past year. It poured money into SpatialOS and is building a VR MMO called Nostos. It’s working with CCP on EVE China and helping to develop EVE Project Galaxy. It got tied up in one of PUBG Corp.’s many lawsuits last year and threatened a few of its own. It just plopped a big check down for the former Blizz devs working at Second Dinner.

And of course, it’s partnered with Blizzard every which way for the last 11 years, from Overwatch China and OWL to World of Warcraft China and the infamous Diablo Immortal itself.

Don’t expect that partnership to wane anytime soon, either. Blizzard and Netease announced this week that they’ve actually extended their partnership another four years, to January 2023.

“We’re pleased to continue our successful partnership with Blizzard after more than a decade of close cooperation,” Netease CEO William Ding says. “The scope of our collaboration is now deeper and broader than ever before. We’re confident that together we will continue to bring even more exciting game experiences to players worldwide.”

Source: Gamasutra
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Jack Kerras

Well, that fucking blows.

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Bannex

Cool another pile of chinese software I won’t install on any of my devices.

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Ryan Allgood

I feel like this is like watching some sort of situational comedy about a goofball who has no idea what he’s doing trying to complete a task. Like you’re watching him going “Oh god, what are you doing?! Don’t do that! Do anything but that! It can’t get any worse…nope. There he goes again!”

I feel like I’m just waiting for the canned laugh track to go off.

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Denice J. Cook

Uh…yes. How…pleasing.

Ugh.

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Zora

Duh with blizzard’s sluggish pace, 2023 is the bare minimum they have to extend the partnership to hope seeing just about -any- title published :P

Put some caffeine in those soy latte, you punks!

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TheDonDude

Well I’m reading this article on my phone, soooo… I’m good.

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Bruno Brito

Oh my god oh my god oh my god.

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rafael12104

So, who is the bigger more liquid corp, Netease or Asshatvision?

Just curious because if it is Netease, I wouldn’t let them dig deeper into Blizz.

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Armsbend

Activision is larger than Netease by a $4B market cap – which may not last long. So they are roughly the same size by that metric.

Frankly, the Chinese software companies are much more pro-gamer than the western ones. Tencent for example buys up top tier talent, leaves them alone and gives them piles of money to further develop their game. For example when GGG was bought by Tencent their updates became huge. Instead of trap chests popping up on maps we got giant temples, a huge random mine to explore and a crazy game of thrones with mega-loot.

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rafael12104

I see. Yup. I agree.

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Sorenthaz

At this point HotS is the only game I’ve got installed still under Blizzard. Overwatch is fun in spurts but not frequently enough. Only games I’m looking forward to is WC3 Reforged and WoW Classic…

Their creative juices seem to have pretty heavily dried out at this point. Maybe rereleasing a game that made it big off of custom games (which spawned the MOBA genre) will wake them up some. Though it seems like most of the creative visionaries have left the studio.

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rogbarz

Blizzard and Netease will be cranking out games together at least until 2023, and I will be saving my money until 2023.