UPDATED – NetEase reportedly suing Activision Blizzard for $44m

UPDATED – NetEase reportedly suing Activision Blizzard for $44m

Update - 25/4: Activision Blizzard says it has not yet received the lawsuit that has been filed against it by NetEase. 

In a statement to, a spokesperson for the World of Warcraft giant said that regardless it is "confident" that the company isn't "in breach of any licensing agreements". 

They continued: "The terms NetEase appears to be complaining about reflect standard industry practice and have been mutually beneficial for years. While this persistent campaign by one former partner is disappointing and puzzling, it’s important to note that we have enjoyed nearly two decades of positive experiences operating in China, and remain committed to serving players and protecting their interests.”

Original story - 24/4: Chinese games firm NetEase is reportedly taking Activision Blizzard to court.

That's according to local publication Sina Technologyas reported by WowHead – which reports that the Chinese company is suing the Overwatch maker for 300 million RMB ($43.5 million).

NetEase claims that this figure is refunds that it has had to shell out in the wake of games such as World of Warcraft closing down in China. The lawsuit claims that Blizzard promised to refund over 1.12 million players who had requested their money back, but this was ultimately left to NetEase. NetEase is also after money for unsold merchandise inventory.

This comes in the wake of the 14-year-long relationship between Activision Blizzard and NetEase coming to an end in January of this year. There were negotiations in motion to extend the partnership, but these appear to have fallen apart. That also follows NetEase turning down an extension due to the proposal being deemed "rude and unreasonable".

We've reached out to both Activision Blizzard and NetEase for comment.

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