Overwatch League delays free agency period as Chinese teams face uncertain future

The breakdown between NetEase and Blizzard Entertainment has far-reaching effects for the league and its players.

Overwatch League delays free agency period as Chinese teams face uncertain future

Earlier this week, Blizzard Entertainment broke the news to Chinese fans that some of their favorite titles, like Overwatch 2 and World of Warcraft, may not be available in the future thanks to a broken partnership with NetEase. For nearly 15 years, the deal with NetEase allowed Blizzard to publish titles in mainland China, but those days may be over. 

Further complications from this situation have apparently arisen for the Overwatch League, which has four Chinese teams in its East Region division as well a fifth team run by a Chinese operator.