NetEase Licenses ‘Heroes of the Storm’ for Mainland China

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and NetEase have inked an agreement to license Blizzard Entertainment's Heroes of the Storm to a NetEase-affiliate in mainland China for a term of three years. Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard's upcoming free-to-play, online team brawler featuring heroes from more than 20 years of Blizzard gaming history. Gamers will be able to play some of their favorite characters from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes, and team up with friends to battle other teams online.

Heroes of the Storm will be the fourth Blizzard game brought to China by both companies since 2008. Currently, Blizzard and NetEase have deals in place that deliver World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the gaming platform to millions of Chinese gamers.

The official website in China for Heroes of the Storm is already live and ready for gamers in the region to sign up for a Heroes of the Storm closed beta. Details on closed beta testing, including the start date, will be announced at a later date.

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