p>As you might have seen in the update on our post earlier in the day it's now confirmed that NetEase? will be taking control of the operation of World of Warcraft in China in June. their new home base in China can be found at wow.163.com. We initially reported that The9 would be transferring their hardware, software and staff to operate the game. However it's not the case. According to IDG News Service, NetEase? will be setting their own network servers to play the game. It's a huge task, so it's likely to be difficult in the first few days. However, Blizzard is confident that NetEase? will be able to manage the change after having played a few games in the market. It also means that some of the supercomputers we've reported on before that are owned by The9 will go to... well, we're not sure what.

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p>There's no shortage of reasons to use to run your business -- despite their stock plummeting in the wake of the WoW license loss, The9 also runs a number of other games over there as well, including Guild Wars, Ragnarok Online and a handful of other popular Eastern MMOs (not to mention that EA has a stake in these games). There has to be a market for supercomputers with other educational institutions and companies. It's unlikely that all that equipment will be left to sit idle.

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p>It will be interesting to see NetEase?'s approach to the transition. We've had some inventory issues and other issues on the West side of the world, but never experienced a major loss in information about characters (cue all the Blizzard engineers). There are no doubt a myriad of backups in place however, should something go wrong during the transition between hosts the consequences could be catastrophic for the WoW audience in China. https://datchley.name/ </p>


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