NetEase demands $42 million from Blizzard as part of lawsuit over breached licensing agreements

NetEase seeks legal guidance in Shanghai!

NetEase Games is reportedly set to drag Blizzard Entertainment to court in a $42 million (300 million CNY) lawsuit over the issue of breached licensing agreements. This is not the first time the studio has been involved in a legal lawsuit with Blizzard Entertainment. Earlier this year in May, Blizzard Entertainment filed a lawsuit against NetEase Games for a copyright issue.

NetEase aims to have compensation for the amount of money owed by Blizzard to them

As claimed by NetEase, Blizzard Entertainment owes them 300 million CNY in total compensation for discontinued games, prepaid amounts for unsold merchandise, and advance payments for undeveloped games. The studio is determined to get the compensation due from the side of Blizzard Entertainment and has since taken the matters to court where the case would be presented before the People’s Court of Pudong New District in Shanghai.

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The studio first filed a lawsuit against Blizzard in March, where they sued the studio over the issue. However, this time around they have taken it to court and will need a legal decision on the matter. The whole hearing would take place on September 21st. It will be interesting to see how the verdict of this issue would pan out to be. The implications and results would also pave a path for how future collaborations between domestic and international gaming companies in China would be done.

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The respective initial lawsuits resulted from the suspension of games by Blizzard Entertainment after NetEase rejected the offer of extending the partnership with them for 6 more months. This got NetEase Games to file a lawsuit against their former partners and drag the whole issue to the court for legal guidance over the issue.

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