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Blizzard to Launch StarCraft II, Warcraft in China

Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase.com today announced an agreement to license Blizzard’s StarCraft II, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, and Battle.net platform, which provides online multiplayer services for these games, to Shanghai EaseNet Network Technology Limited. Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase have also established a joint venture, which will provide support for the operation of the licensed games and Battle.net platform in China.

“NetEase has been a leader in the Chinese game market, and we look forward to working with them to deliver high-quality entertainment to Chinese gamers,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This partnership is a sign of our continued commitment to our players in China and to the local industry.”

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