Blizzard Games Must Be Re-Approved By The Chinese Government
Staff, 2022-11-18 12:13:00,
Blizzard games won’t be able to be put back online in China immediately.
Blizzard will have to submit all of its online games to be re-approved by the Chinese government if it wants them to be available in the region again. This comes after Blizzard failed to renew its licencing agreement with its Chinese operating company, making games such as Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone unavailable in the country until it reaches a new deal with another company.
All of Blizzard’s games will go offline in China in January, as the licence with its previous partner, NetEase, comes to an end. Due to Chinese regulations on video game distribution, a change in an operating company means that the entire game approval process must be repeated, even if the games had previously been available in the country for some time. It’s not clear how long this would take even if Blizzard can form a partnership before January, with China still reluctant to approve many imported games.
This news comes courtesy of ResetEra user Ceerious, who breaks down how the regulations work, as they are explained by the Chinese government itself.
“If the operating company of a pre-approved or import-approved online game changes, the pre-approval or import-approval procedures must be repeated,” reads the official…
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