WoW China Transition To Spell Downtime, Possible User Declines

As World of Warcraft's operator license in China changes hands from The9 to rival NetEase, the game's servers will see some downtime.

In a letter published to its users, WoW servers in China will be down starting on June 7 until NetEase opens the first server group. Additional server groups will open up from June 20 on.

Although users will get some free playtime based on how long they have to wait to get back up, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian says this downtime could result in some "subscriber churn" that could affect WoW's total global userbase.

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