WoW may be taken offline for Chinese transition, says Morhaime

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 7 May 2009 22:47 GMT

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Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has warned that the Chinese version of World of Warcraft may be taken offline while the company swaps operators in the country.

“Some downtime may be necessary for a limited time,” said the exec, speaking in Activision Blizzard’s Q1 earnings call.

Morhaime said a website‘s been set up to keep players informed of what’s going to happen and when.

Blizzard is currently in the process of switching the MMO over to NetEase from The9 in China.

The amount of people playing the game in China appears to be a bit of a mystery, but “a lot” is a safe bet.

Globally, the game passed the 11 million subs mark in October 2008.

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