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Posted: Mar 13th 2009 9:09PM (Unverified) said

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Interesting to note, and not surprising.

Though this seems to conflict with Massively's earlier post that had The9 saying they'd go bankrupt if they didn't get Wrath released in China. So whose figures are right?

Posted: Mar 14th 2009 2:07AM (Unverified) said

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I don't think the two stories conflict at all. This one makes a valid point that it is much more expensive to create and operate an MMO in China than it is profitable. The other said that The9 already paid for the rights and entered a contract with Blizzard with the thinking that they could recoup the money paid after Lich King launches, which the Chinese government is currently blocking and would ultimately lead to bankruptcy for The9.

Posted: Mar 13th 2009 11:11PM (Unverified) said

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A mis-translatation again! The online game here means the browser-based games 90% of which can not stand to make a profit. However to other MMOrpg, operators like Sheng Da, Tencent, The 9, Perfect Wolrd, just name some famous ones, are making a profit.

words to Quinnae: The 9 will not go bankrupt without WoW, cuz they are also operating other games like FIFA and will operate WAR. The sure thing is, losing WoW must be a big hit to them

Posted: Mar 14th 2009 2:07AM (Unverified) said

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Knowing this, I'm wondering if steps will be taken next WoW expansion specifically to prevent this sort of thing. Devs suggesting more undead content will probably be shot down pretty fast.

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