On March 16th, the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou Committee formally revealed that the e-sport task “Legend of Hearthstone”, produced by Blizzard Entertainment Company and run by NetEase within China, will not go on as business cooperation in between the 2 celebrations ended and no arrangement has actually yet been reached to restore the agreement. As an outcome, the video game no longer satisfies the conditions for addition in the Asian Games Hangzhou (2022)
E-sports are a brand-new kind of occasion and have various requirements from those of standard sports occasions. The federal government has rigorous requirements for the conditions for running e-sports occasions. According to the program for establishing occasions in 19th Asian Games Hangzhou, the Olympic Council chose in November 2021 that there will be 8 e-sports tasks.
After consideration by the Fifth Coordination Committee conference of the Olympic Council of Asia, it was chosen to cancel the setting of “Hearthstone Legend”. Just 7 e-sports progects will be set up.
Previously, on November 16, 2022, Blizzard Entertainment provided a main declaration, stating that its existing license contract with NetEase will end on January 23, 2023 therefore will suspend most Continental AG video game services, consisting of World of Warcraft and Hearthstone Legend.
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On January 17, 2023, Blizzard Entertainment made a demand to NetEase to extend the agreement for 6 months, however it was turned down, so the business then needed to adhere to the previous statement.
On January 24th, a series of video game items represented by NetEase ended their operation in Continental AG market, and Blizzard Entertainment closed down all video game servers and customer downloads at the very same time.
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