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World of Warcraft China Shutdown Cuts Off Millions of Gamers

  • Netease, Blizzard had clashed over extending partnership
  • Dispute centered on financial terms and intellectual property
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Millions of Chinese gamers have lost access to World of Warcraft after a furious dispute between US title owner Activision Blizzard Inc. and NetEase Inc., its longtime local partner in the world’s biggest gaming market. 

Devotees of the popular game took to social media networks to bemoan the loss, with one posting an image of a failed connection message accompanied by crying emojis.