NetEase reportedly disbands team behind Blizzard games in China

China-based publisher NetEase is reportedly disbanding the team responsible for handling Blizzard titles in its home market, following the collapse of the two companies’ long-running partnership.

Sources familiar with the matter told the South China Morning Post that “most staff” in the department had been either laid off or transferred to other parts of the company.

Chinese operations for Blizzard games were handled by a unit at NetEase subsidiary Shanghai EaseNet Network Technology. A team of around ten people has been kept on to handle the logistics around the affected titles’ suspension, as well as customer service issues in the aftermath, but these will reportedly only stay on for up to six months.

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