World of Worldcraft in China: The story that never ceases to befuddle


Clearly nobody has any idea what’s going on in China regarding World of Warcraft. The rules over there are such that Blizzard just can’t open up shop, but has to contract a local company to run the game for Chinese users. Fair enough, and Blizzard has contracted NetEase to do such a thing. The problem is that NetEase keeps running into problems getting the game’s expansion pack, The Burning Crusade, approved for public consumption.

In fact, the body responsible for approving the game, General Administration of Press and Publication, has just told NetEase to take a hike. Well, more specifically, GAPP has told NetEast that its review of The Burning Crusade is now officially on hold, and that it would do well to stop accepting new subscriptions lest it puts its Internet connection in jeopardy.

I’d be lying if I said this story affected me in any obvious way, but I still think it’s interesting.

Meanwhile, I’m busy all day and night farming for cloth to level my burgeoning Tailoring profession.