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Chinese Players Threaten To Boycott World Of Warcraft
7:08 AM | Cord Kruse | 7 comments

Chinese players of Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft are threatening to boycott the game en masse if The9 Limited, the Chinese company responsible for operating WoW's servers, doesn't improve service. The call for boycott arose after user reports of delays longer than an hour when logging into the game and complete server outages, one of which disrupted the endgame of a large raid involving nearly 1,000 players.

The9, a Chinese MMORPG publisher, is charged with maintenance and operation of the game due to Blizzard's lack of a presence in China, but is hamstrung by having to rely on Blizzard to resolve technical issues. The game is a major part of the company's revenue, which increased 24 times to $25.3 million USD in the Q4 2005. Some users charge that the company is deliberately providing slow service, since The9 charges by the hour rather than the month, and billing begins once the user enters his or her login data.

Regarding the problems, the9 public relations assistant manager Zhang Heng said "We should first collect relevant data and evidence, and will work together with Blizzard to look into this accident and evaluate the loss," in a statement to Interfax. "We will provide compensation to those players involved based on the result of the investigation."
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