Gamers in China could fall into shock of not being able to use Activision Blizzard games in the coming months due to the expiration of long-standing 15-year-old licensing agreements between Overwatch and NetEase.

Games like Overwatch, Diablo, Hearthstone, the Starcraft Series, World of Warcraft and many more aren’t available from January 23, 2023 in order to play those regions.

Activision Blizzard released a blog post detailing the expiration and subsequent suspension of their developed games in China on Nov. 16th.

NetEase is an Xi-tech company. It is responsible for developing large part of e-commerce platforms, advertising and email services, and gaming in China.

The Diablo creators have been working with NetEase since 2008, the 15-year deal coming to an end earlier in the year. These licensing agreements covered publication of huge titles in China.

The two parties have no intention of renewing the agreements that conform with Blizzard’s operating principles and agreements with employees, and the agreements have yet to expire in January 2023, has said the blog post detailed.

Blizzard announced it will suspend new sales for Chinese players in the coming days. The titles like Overwatch 2s Season 2, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, and Hearthstone: March of the Lich King all belong to the chopping block.

Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard, said We are immensely grateful for the enthusiasm and enthusiasm that our Chinese community has manifested over the nearly 20 years we have been giving our games to China through NetEase and other partners.

No announcements are available that Activision will move the next move, you must be waiting for your first move, so please let them know what comes to mind for those living in China.