Popular Chinese MMO JX3 Online will close in Taiwan following COVID-19 protest

    
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Popular Chinese MMO JX3 Online will close in Taiwan following COVID-19 protest

This article needs a quick bit of backstory: Chinese doctor Li Wenliang was one of the first whistleblowers for the current COVID-19 epidemic; he was targeted by Chinese authorities for rumor-mongering, but after his unfortunate death in February, the government offered a “solemn apology” and mandated a day of mourning. That day was April 4th and put a halt to entertainment services – such as mobile and online games, including the MMORPG JX3 Online, a popular title in China and Taiwan, the latter of which is still the subject of an ongoing sovereignty battle.

And so our story begins, thanks to one Taiwanese Redditor’s posts. As now substantiated by other news reports and official website, the Kingsoft-run Chinese version of the title followed the government mandate, while the Taiwanese version operated by WANIN International merely held a three-hour “maintenance window” before going back online.

According to the Redditor, who attempts to explain what transpired between the official postings, JX3’s Taiwanese players then clashed with Chinese players and Kingsoft staff over in-game discussion of the virus and politics until bans were issued and chat was shut down entirely, leading players to protest using guild board names and nicknames. It sounds as if Kingsoft demanded that the Taiwanese publisher WANIN control its players, and WANIN refused, posting that it “insists on safeguarding the rights of Taiwanese players to speak.”

“If the original publisher insists on standardizing the existing speech environment in Taiwan, we will not hesitate to terminate the contract and stop any commercial cooperation with Chinese manufacturers,” reads a Google-translated update on WANIN’s site. Then later the same day, WANIN announced a shutdown for the game, though it’s not entirely clear whether the final call came from Kingsoft or WANIN itself. Here’s that (terrible) translation:

“Thank you for your WANIN International support and care. According to the internet connection service standard contract, game JX3 Online will cease operations in 2020 is expected to be at 12:00 on May 5 related refund rules. The WANIN operations team will be announced separately.”

The game had been running for a decade, so this ought to be be a blow to the playerbase, but the Redditor claims many Taiwanese players are celebrating because WANIN stood up to what they viewed as political oppression.

sources: official site (1, 2, 3), Newtalk.tw via Reddit. Thanks, Phillip!

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Jack Pipsam

Splish-Splash, China is Trash.

The world should indeed, sue the living daylights out of them.

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Armsbend

I’d like to open up the conversion of shutting down all Chinese online games in the west. People are talking more seriously of shutting down supply chains – online games need to be a healthy part of that equation as well. They serve no benefit – only the opportunity for malfeasance – outside of pastime. All are easily replaceable.

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Not that I in anyway agree with you but out of interest how are you defining “Chinese online games”?

I mean League of Legends is a Chinese owned online game and Path of Exile is reportedly 80% Chinese owned at his point. I not sure the players of those games would agree they are easily replaceable.

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Games owned and operated in China. Including Tencent. Tough pill to swallow but necessary in this next phase of society.

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Jarette Domongatt

You realized that by shutting down this, this includes Unreal Engine Licenses that almost all western gaming company uses?
And Im foreseeing that US will soon have more debts to China anyway.
Good luck with your petition.

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Adam Russell

Treasury bonds are not debts. They are investments. If China no longer wants to invest in the US they may sell those bonds. They may not demand payment as if it was a debt, excepting when the bond actually matures.

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Armsbend

I do not expect it all to happen overnight – nor do I expect it not to be sticky. Nor do I expect it to be 100% of anything. Trillions are at stake after all.

I’m putting it together now – I wouldn’t embarrass myself with anything so low and inconsequential as a petition.

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Christopher Pierce

No thank you.

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Armsbend

Being done presently at a grass roots to federal level. Not asking for anyone’s permission. Could not care less about what anyone here thinks on the subject matter honestly – I’m just being rhetorical.

When I get more info set up I’ll let you guys know how you can help the effort.

It needs to happen – NOW. We’ve been fucking around with their antagonism long enough. Offense time.

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Phaserlight

No thank you. Take your xenophobia and shove it.

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Armsbend

Fair enough – but the time for discussion on the subject has passed – the time for action is now.

I can fully admit to being a devout xenophobe on a known antagonist. Guilty as charged. I was xenophobe of Robert Mugabe’s clan when he was still roaming as well. Oh the humanity of admitting when a nation actively does more harm than good.

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Bruno Brito

I need to read whatever the fuck you’re writing.

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I’m going to a cabin in the mountains in a few days. I’ll hammer some plan out then. Cheers Bruno!

How is Brazil, at the ground level, doing by the by? The United States unsurprisingly stopped caring about non-EU countries once it started disrupting our personal lives.

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Bryan Correll

Who told you we care about EU countries?

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We care about the whiter ones. Like – the news is reporting on UK happening like Boris. But slightly browner countries like Spain, Brazil, Africa etc? Only as an afterthought…

OMG IS THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND OKAY?!?!?

I find it so ridiculous how we act enlightened when things are rosy but as soon as the shoe drops we huddle in our wagon trains nervous the savages will take all of our stuff.

Let’s show more at web-casted home concerts to make us feel better as our economy is destroyed.