World of Warcraft

Millions of pre-registrations for World of Warcraft within days after the announcement by NetEase and Blizzard

World of Warcraft has seen over 2 million players eagerly registering following the news of Blizzard and NetEase reintroducing Blizzard Entertainment games to China.

Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase, a Chinese internet company focusing on online services, announced on Wednesday their intention to bring back popular games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone to China this summer. NetEase has also provided further details about their collaboration with Blizzard, specifically regarding the plans for World of Warcraft in the Chinese market.

After this statement, the official Weibo account of World of Warcraft released intriguing statistics regarding pre-registrations. It was revealed that within just two days of the announcement, 2 million players had already completed the registration process.

Rebuilding the World of Warcraft Gorehowl statue

NetEase and Blizzard artists will collaborate on a new Gorehowl sculpture. The previous statue outside their headquarters was destroyed last year amid criticism from NetEase regarding Blizzard’s last-minute license extension for World of Warcraft and other games in China. According to a Weibo post, over 953,915 people have shared and commented on the rebuilding of the statue at their headquarters.