World of Warcraft expansion approved in China

NetEase gets General Administration of Press and Publication to sign off on launch of Burning Crusade.

The Burning Crusade is finally ready to engulf China. After an initial rejection in November, NetEase has announced that China's General Administration of Press and Publication has approved its application to localize the first World of Warcraft expansion.

The Burning Crusade has escaped a heated argument between regulatory agencies unscathed.

Last year's rejection of the game was just one part of a GAPP crackdown on World of Warcraft's local operator. The regulatory agency said NetEase was running Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game without proper approval in the country due to "gross violations" of local laws.

As a result, GAPP officials ordered NetEase to stop charging players of the game in China and cease accepting any new registrations. NetEase has not indicated if its other issues with GAPP have been resolved or when it might resume registrations and regular charging practices.

At the time, Roth Capital Partners analyst Adam Krejcik blamed the revocation on a dispute between the GAPP and China's Ministry of Culture, which had been increasingly clamping down on online gaming. "These guys are essentially stuck in the middle of this power struggle," Krejcik said of NetEase.

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Parkhurst1000
Parkhurst1000

Meh, Democracy is mob rule. If the majority decides something, whether it is noble or crap it's what you get. If you feel like you are truly free try not paying your taxes and see how free you are. If you don't think Google censors US search results like they do China's then I want some of the Kool Aid you got ahold of...hehe

LOLCATSWUT
LOLCATSWUT

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maynardgilmour
maynardgilmour

China, a BILLION people and only a few thousand of them have any REAL freedom.

Lonewolf2785
Lonewolf2785

Good time to quit wow for a bit til Cataclysm comes out @Ramiro00 Can't agree with ya more man

Ramiro00
Ramiro00

gold farmers can now be LV 70 XD

noclue_27
noclue_27

Too bad I wasn't playing Chinese WoW, no WoTLK!? Maybe I wouldn't have quit.

okassar
okassar

I wouldn't be surprised if the skeletons became floating blobs that shoot water at you and if China forced Blizz to hire some chat censors that use an algorithm to isolate any word that has any context of freedom. lol jkjk China's not nearly as bad as everyone thinks, but seriously they gave Blizzard way too hard of a time, it's just a game...and it's not like it's ridiculously violent.

Bowser05
Bowser05

Actually WoW is a LOT more casual-friendly now, which is what I hear hardcore players complaining about the most when I play. For me it's nice because I don't have hours upon hours to dedicate everyday so I still get to see all the content with my limited time. So you actually CAN jump back in easily after breaks. Back when BC was out when I first started it was so hard to get anything done with my limited time I had to quit, Wrath fixed that.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I miss WoW when it was simple and you could pick it up easily after taking a break. Now, all the stats are so complicated and the skills just all messed up. Before you had some basic stats plus a few odd ones like spell/attack damage and hit. Now you get a list and upgrades aren't that special anymore as the difference is small.

RitterXplode
RitterXplode

poor guy, this buckeyejuggalo, he thinks he lives in paradise lmao poor kid

buckeyejuggalo
buckeyejuggalo

I came here to scope out the fanboy discussions and flaming on how far behind China is in most things, namely WoW but I did not expect a government debate. Interesting. On topic: This doesn't surprise me that China has held BC back this far. What did everyone expect from a country who puts tarps with murals of pretty suburbs on them over slums and broken down buildings during the Olympics? lol Off topic but kinda on current discussion topic: Sure, America isn't a true democracy. True that a true democracy is impossible. So what if Americans are constantly lied to by their superiors but name me a country where the general mass isn't lied to on a daily basis or policed in some fasion. A lot of Americans are waking up and seeing the bull that is fed to us each and every day and we're voicing our opinions louder with each day. In China you're likely to get killed for such an act. We may not be treated well or equal by our government but at least we have more freedoms than most. The UK is the most surveilanced country in the world and in most Middle Eastern countries children are beat (lashes) for having cell phones. You think America is bad? Read some news. Go on a trip and visit other countries to see how shi**y other people really have it. "I love my country and the people who fight for it. I just despise those who run it and send our soldiers to needless deaths." - Me. Now. 2010. Write that down.

athenian29
athenian29

"Gross violations"? I'd like to hear their examples. Maybe this is all a cover-up for the amount of time they're investing in the translation? Remember, they have to do an acceptable job (at least) of translating this into both Mandarin and Cantonese (vocals), and Traditional and Simplified Chinese (text). That's four translations they're kicking around over there. It's all a cover up! :lol:

Whatsupwood667
Whatsupwood667

@AzatiS: Sorry if it sounds crass, but what you typed made little sense to me. And I'll concede, there is probably a language barrier there. However, you seem to be agreeing w/ my "Black/White/Grey" statement while at the same time obliterating it. In common english, saying something "isn't just black or white" means something that isn't easily defined, not a social/societal construct. And yes, getting that confused and saying people from Africa are the blackest of the black comes across as a racist statement, tho I don't believe that was your intent in the slightest.

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

I guess there's a little history lesson going down in comments:)!

AzatiS
AzatiS

@Whatsupwood667 democracy is indeed freedom of people as a whole but as individual also. You are not part of something. You choose if you want to be part of it. As you choose who you voting , what you do , what you say. Except if you speak.doing , voting etc for more than yourself. Thats also democratic. You talked about grey. I gave examples of countried that are totally white. And many countries that are black. Its an expression to show you that these poor guys in africa they live into tragedy. Maybe is typo mistake , doesnt make sense in english.

Whatsupwood667
Whatsupwood667

@AzatiS: Democracy is NOT about total individual freedom. It's about the freedom of people as a whole, while still in an orderly fashion (this supposedly dictated by the people uniformly). Total individual freedom is Anarchy; no system to regulate anything but what the individual believes is right at that moment in time. And this: " MAny african countries are more black than black.! " .....what?

zeebenzene
zeebenzene

@AzatiS The concept of democracy may have started in Greece, but even they didn't really practice it. In fact, it was pretty far from the concept of "rule by the people" as NeoHayate elaborated, which is why I laughed (so i hope i didn't offend you) What I was saying is that it is impossible for Democracy to be truly practiced. It is an ideal, just as communism is. The reason communism was so appealing is because it is essentially the promise of utopia for everybody (that description is extremely simplified to save my time, by the way). The only problem is that it's impossible as has been proved time after time. And I wasn't saying that you said democracy = communism, I was just pointing out a similarity. And I don't think that the majority of democratic countries are as bad as you see them. Given there are many problems which I am continually irked (to say the least) by, such as lobbying, partisanship, and propaganda to start (can you tell I live in the US). But in the end (and i am completely agreed with you), it is a step forward. However bad these governments may be, they are a step forward from what used to be and I hope that they will continue to progress that way. OMG BANANA, PICKLE, PEPPER! THEY'RE ALL THE SAME! such a marvelous epiphany I just had. Im out folks. BOOM!!

NeoHayate
NeoHayate

@AzatiS Just wanted to clearify something about the democracy in Athens. The ones who got to vote were the free men born in Athens, so instead of a democracy it was an oligarchy, a country ruled by a minority. Lets say there were 100 people living in athens(just as an example) Now take away 50, because they were women and could not vote. Then take away 15 more becaue they were slaves, and could not vote. And then, take away 10 more because they were not born in Athens and could not vote. Now we have 25 people ruling the state, thats the original democracy you are talking about. None the less, it was a start, but it was less democratic then the countries we have today. just wanted to point that out.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@zeebenzene m8 in athens , where all began , they had democracy , and no you dont have to laugh. Also , i never tried to say democracy = communism. All i have to say is that in communism countries they say you ""shut up , dont talk or else"" and in "democracy my @#$" countries they say "" talk as much as you want ill do my thing in the end"" Is that better than communism? In a way yes , because at least you can speak freely. In the end , does it matter? NO ... They will do whatever they want. That was my whole point. And i stated clearly that i prefer this "democracy" over communism. I dont see where you disagree with me. @Whatsupwood667 i think we talking in a very mature way . dont try to ruin this conversation plz.... We said our opinions without fights and all , what more do you want? !! Also , there are countries that are completely BLACK and 4-5 countries that are WHITE...! Switzerland for example is white. Why? BANKS S.Arabia is White. Why? Oils. MAny african countries are more black than black.! Democracy is exactly this "" total freedom" of the individual and every individual decides/votes for all others and vice versa. ITS NOT 30-40 people decide what will do out of millions. So , you got speech freedom , and? Does anyone hear you? Nop.. Democracy? nop... not even close.

Whatsupwood667
Whatsupwood667

@AzatiS and uberjannie....let me know when you two decide to start thinking like an adults instead of coming across as a teenage know-it-alls who are soooo informed. The world doesn't work in Black/White, it's all in Greys. You say it's not a "Democracy" in America because we don't have EVERY freedom, but give people the freedom to do for themselves and they want the Gov't to do it for them. You both come across as Liberal Sheeple, no better than Conservative Sheeple. /wristsplz?

zeebenzene
zeebenzene

@AzatiS Ancient Greece, pshaw! Don't make me laugh! (you did, by the way. and that's not necessarily a good thing) Democracy is like communism in that they are both completely impossible. I think that democracy, however flawed, has definite advantages over other forms of government. Given, it has flaws, but less than you make it seem. So perhaps instead of looking at democracy as the "best" government, look at it as the "least worst."

AzatiS
AzatiS

@Leinhartx Democracy in a nation means that everyone decides their nation's future. From wars to schools , from laws to economy. Do they ask anyone? No they dont. They give you this "speech freedom"etc , though they never listen to anyone , they doin what they want to and the list goes on So in a way thats democracy , but in fact is not. Thats my point , im not saying communists are better. Ofc they are not.!! But this is not democracy also!

Leinhartx
Leinhartx

@azatiS As an American I am telling you you have some valid points. However, I appreciate not being told what I can or cannot play, can or cannot eat, where I can or cannot live and how many kids I can or cannot have. Which is something many communist countries do not have the liberty of deciding for themselves. I am not saying we are perfect. Trust me. Noone knows how messed up our government is more than we do. But I am saying that our "freedoms" do count for something.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ uberjannie lol that's my quote if the week

AzatiS
AzatiS

@j2thel023 all "elite" goverments in advanced countries on the earth , hiding behind democracy ( freedom of speech etc etc ) and they doing way worst things than communism countries ( china EX russia etc ). In a way , i like democracy more though in FACT noone on earth got democracy. ( for example in which country except Swirtzerland , residents voting for laws,wars etc? ) None!! Its up to 10-20 people to start a war , or make laws etc... This is NOT democracy.... They just hiding behind that word and some aspects of it just to do their work without anyone interfere. Thats a fact for all "democracy my @!#"" countries.(like mine) The only "true" democracy i know was in ancient greece. Nowhere else.

AzatiS
AzatiS

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AzatiS
AzatiS

@uberjannie i loled!! Its not too far from truth if you think about it!! haha!

uberjannie
uberjannie

@AzatiS : In the USA its all about the Patriotism. Patriotism ; either your with us, or you are a terrorist ^^

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

I can't keep track as to whether WOW gets banned in China or if they are allowed to be there anymore.

j2thel023
j2thel023

It's true that many wow players lack self control in their time management. It's just like alcohol and cigarettes. Everyone knows that excessive amounts of these are definitely not good for your life, but no one does anything about it because of some law like 'freedom to ruin your own life'. But I'd still choose democracy over communism any day.

terafumos
terafumos

It's pretty sad that WoW is having a negative effect on your life, especially if you're not playing it...

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

i hate not living in asia at this point.. tbh a world without WoW is a much better place.

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

@ AzatiS I believe his point is more that we have a freedom of speech amendment in our constitution that would make such a ban illegal. It goes far beyond just videogames.

Mordraneth
Mordraneth

@angelGP32 They get their gold in 3 ways. First method is farming and selling on the AH, usually undercutting the established prices and moving stuff faster. Second method is by playing the AH by buying low priced items off the AH and selling them slightly lower then normal. This is the least common route as the gain is slower. The third way is the most nefarious. All the hacked accounts you keep hearing about? Yeh that's these gold spammers. They hack an account (via keylogger/worm), sell the gear off, raid a guild bank (if possible), sell that off too and then transfer all that gold to another throw-away account. They then send that gold to the buyer.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Proud to be american because of World of Warcraft? No comment.. I wouldnt be so proud because i can play video games ... damn!! Are all americans thinking this way?

robotica
robotica

Yeah i miss being chained CC'd, i miss farming for weeks on end in order to attempt to hit High Warlord, and i especially miss the mess that was 40 man raids. BC was a huge stepping stone for WoW, im glad they finally get something better.

aonekaraoke
aonekaraoke

OMG this is bad news for the chinese.Vanilla wow (before expansions) was much better.You poor sods.

dukerav
dukerav

Little bit late to the game ?

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

on the bright side, the Chinese aren't wasting their time playing WOW like the Americans are

bamir0
bamir0

@angelGP32 Yup I play the game and suffer just as much gold spam as you do.You cannot move gold between regions. The gold that is sold (and advertised) on NA/EU servers has been farmed (often by east-asian sweatshop workers, I grant you) on NA/EU servers. They aren't using Chinese servers at all so this news has no bearing on the amount of gold spam and/or sellers on the NA/EU servers at all.

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Despite the possible increase in gold spam, its good to see the gamers in China to see the expansion.

angelGP32
angelGP32

@bamir0: do you play the game? They create a character on a NA server and ADVERTISE their website to buy the gold. Azjol-Nerub, especially late night with the time difference gets flooded with this garbage, now they'll have more places to farm, which means that more of these sites may pop up, and more trade spam, like trade isn't already bad enough. How they get the gold, I don't know or where it comes from, but there's a bunch of people selling it and not one of them can type proper English, so hmmmm.

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

@Gamelova08 So you're pretty much admitting that you care about being in the first 15 comments, as if it's an accomplishment or something? That's pretty sad.

bamir0
bamir0

@angelGP32 Are you suggesting that gold farmers farm gold on Chinese servers and then create characters on NA servers and somehow transfer that gold between two completely different versions of the game? lol.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

It's official: Mao approves now! :)

Gamelova08
Gamelova08

@Ohaidere Yeah, no one in your world, but you and your world have to focus on this, because a lot care.....maybe your just jealous for not admitting it?