Blizzard Entertainment has reportedly filed a lawsuit against NetEase Games for alleged copyright infringement resulting in unfair competition. This comes after Netease previously filed a lawsuit against Blizzard Entertainment. Not much is known about the incident yet, but the case will be heard by the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court on June 1 this year.
Blizzard Entertainment believes that Netease has violated its license and copyright agreements
Blizzard Entertainment has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Netease, so far not much is known about the incident. However, recently NetEase filed a lawsuit against Blizzard Entertainment for refunds for discontinued games in China. According to rumors, this time Blizzard Entertainment is preparing a similar legal action against NetEase for a server for World of Warcraft A veteran launched by Netease Leihuo Technology after the contract expired.
Blizzard Entertainment believes it is a World of Warcraft Veteran server launched by NetEase’s new game Nishuihan it’s too similar to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. Notices of two new legal cases against NetEase for alleged copyright and trademark violations and unfair competition were recently added to Tianyancha’s corporate information platform.
Tensions between Netease and Blizzard have been high since their contract ended. “The terms of the contract that NetEase is clearly unhappy with include standard industry practices and have been mutually beneficial for both parties over the past few years. While we are disappointed and confused by these ongoing actions, it must be emphasized that our nearly 20 years of operations in China have always been very positive and enjoyable, and we will continue to serve local players and protect their rights.” Blizzard Entertainment quoted after receiving a lawsuit from Netease last month.
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