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Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 6:09PM CCon99 said

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Is there really anyone who didn't see this coming?

Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 7:55PM (Unverified) said

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Only the blind.
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 7:59PM shoan said

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Yeah but I bet they heard it coming :P
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 8:47PM (Unverified) said

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Hmm...guess that explains why I felt as if a few million gold farmers cried out all at once, and were suddenly silenced.

Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 9:30PM (Unverified) said

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I know that was an attempt at humor but c'mon...that's just plain ignorant.

The gold farmers play on US/EU servers to earn *gasp* US/EU gold. They don't give 2 craps about what The9 and Blizzard are doing.
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Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 9:39PM dudes said

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Would people really miss China if it was cut off from WoW completely? I mean, really?

"Suddenly thousands of gold sellers cried out..."

Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 10:29PM Snow Leopard said

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I would not want to get in a legal battle in China. So corrupt it's not even funny.

Posted: Jun 2nd 2009 11:02PM (Unverified) said

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Yep, it's actually quite scary, they're corrupt enough that Blizzard could actually lose this if they don't play their cards really carefully. This probably entails bribing the correct official.

Not to mention the minefield that is Chinese law, I've heard it makes Roman law look like kindergarten.

Doing business in China may be considered lucrative, but I'm starting to wonder if it's really worth it in the end.
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Posted: Jun 3rd 2009 12:03AM (Unverified) said

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Go The9! Justice for The9!

Posted: Jun 3rd 2009 12:44AM Triskelion said

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I believe that EA has a 30% financial stake in The9? Case closed, end of story.

Posted: Jun 3rd 2009 12:52AM (Unverified) said

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If The9 wins do they retain anything?

Also, are they still going to count China in their subscription numbers while the transfer of power is being done? That 11.5 million won't quite be so Goliath like if China is trimmed out. Also, theres a good chance Blizzard loses a ton of subscribers to Aion during the down time.

Posted: Jun 3rd 2009 2:46AM (Unverified) said

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how can you file a law suit over "software copyright infringement" when you don't even own the software in the first place? never mind the doozer of them sueing the company that actually owns the software.

Posted: Jun 3rd 2009 3:49AM Nadril said

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The lawsuit doesn't make any sense. However, as someone already stated, it might be a difficult thing for Blizzard to fight.

Posted: Jun 3rd 2009 9:12AM Dread said

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Would Blizzard actually give a crap what the Chinese Courts had to say? Its not like China has ever given a crap about Patent Law or the like.

Posted: Jun 3rd 2009 10:12AM Kuriboh said

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lol, I would like to see Blizzard does not give a crap about this one. According to Chinese law, when there's a dispute between a foreign company and a local company. The product of the foreign company will be examine for termination aka a ban from China.

Do you even realize how big of a lost to Blizzard if they lose the Chinese market? And please, lay off the gold farmer crap. Chinese players play on their servers, totally separated from the US/EU servers and have nothing to do with gold farmer on US/EU servers.
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Posted: Jun 13th 2009 1:57PM (Unverified) said

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Judging by how the government has supposedly been trying to keep WotLK from ever releasing so that it doesn't corrupt their culture with Western entertainment because they like to keep their people in a nationalistic hive-minded zerg, I would not be surprised to see Blizzard lose most of this case.

Posted: Jun 8th 2009 6:47AM (Unverified) said

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Well personaly I think it's just rumors about the gov. keeping WOTLK out of China.
We will see how Netease will do and if WOTLK will come out or not, with or without the DK. Before that it's pure speculation.
I have been living in Yunnan China since 2006. Personaly I dont care who distributes the game in China, all I want is to play.
Who will lose or win the lawsuit? I dont realy care. All I know, it is preventing me from playing the game.
In the end the people living in China and playing Chinese WoW are the losers, not the9, not Blizzard and for sur not the CHINESE GOLDFARMERS

Remember: CHINESE GOLDFARMERS play on EU/US servers.

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