Gaming

Video games. ‘I cried all night’: Chinese gamers were deprived of ‘World of Warcraft’

On the night of Monday, January 23rd to Tuesday, January 24th, the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, often abbreviated to WoW, became unavailable in China. While the number of players in the country is unknown, CNN Business estimates there are millions. The American network site relays complaints circulating on Chinese social media such as Weibo: “When I woke up, I still didn’t want to believe it,” writes one, continuing:

“I cried all night in my sleep because the game was gone. I dreamed that I was crying in class.

In another post, the player refers to WoW as his “first love”: “It was unforgettable.”

This outage, which applies to other games released by Blizzard Entertainment such as Diablo III and Overwatch, is a consequence of the expiration of a partnership between

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