NetEase Tears Down Local Orc Statue And Posts A Spicy Response To Blizzard On Ending Licensing Agreement

The dismantling of the Orc statue was live streamed with around 30,000 people watching.

Anthony Jones
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NetEase response to Blizz

For NetEase, it seems they have some very strong feelings about Blizzard Entertainment with the licensing agreement for several games ending in China. It would have been business as usual behind closed doors, but Blizzard's update that claimed NetEase's inability to secure a six-month extension was the culprit has riled up the Chinese company enough to tear down their local Orc statue.

Wowhead managed to get a sliver of the scene where the Orc was dismantled and also sighted a response from NetEase regarding Blizzard's update:

"In our view, Blizzard's proposal - including today's surprise announcement - is brash, unseemly and commercially illogical," said NetEase. Later in their spicy and lengthy response, the company claims Blizzard's character saving feature for Chinese World of Warcraft players is an "untested archive feature." According to NetEase, "there may be unknown security risks" for Chinese players.

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Wowhead also shows one Chinese player having issues with this feature, which wasn't allowing them to log back in or download their information, and others state having the same problem.

As icing on the cake, there's a "Blizzard Green Tea" at NetEase's coffee shop that seems to call out Blizzard for being manipulative. In modern Chinese culture, the "Green Tea" part is a slur referring to someone who appears wholesome but underneath is anything but that.

Yeah...NetEase is not happy about the recent failing negotiations with Blizzard.

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Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones, News Editor
Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.

Discussion (1)

mouhsine 1 week ago
NetEase was nothing...absolutely nothing...they made lots of money from the contracts they had with Blizzard in the past and i mean lots of money..and now that they feel no longer the need for Blizzard...they started acting up...that's china for you....


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