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11-30-2009 @ 9:33PM
The real struggle.NetEase promised Blizzard that they would give up much more control to Blizzard if they were awarded the contract.You may ask, how much more is 'much more'?That is: Blizzard would now have a channel (through NetEase) to directly market and Publish (!) their new products in China.You may say, big deal! so what?!Well, it is against the rules/law/consensus of Chinese government/gaming industry that foreign firms are Prohibited from doing so until...forever!However, NetEase have some really powerful lobbying agents...much much better that The9 had. NetEase could probably be able to change the rules of the game.And Blizzard knew it.Other Chinese gaming companies knew it too. They have formed a united front against NetEase/Blizzard.Politics, people, politics. Wherever there are people, there's politics.So, please throw away your 'free zis free zat' mentality, if you haven't done it already. Most modern issues have nothing to do with Freedom...
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