Liverpool FC is one of the world's oldest, proudest and most successful sporting teams. It's also on the shopping list of a Chinese video gaming giant.
While a Red 5 Studios press release claims the studio is only restructuring, sources close to the studio paint a much bleaker picture, complete with forced and voluntary resignations, strange declarations, and a new majority shareholder in China's The9.
After a two month hiatus, World of Warcraft has resumed full operations in China, where a switchover in local operators had been held up by government regulators and content changes.
As we've told you, Blizzard recently decided to change the company handling WoW for them in China. It was The9, and now it's NetEase. Or, it would be NetEase, if NetEase could actually get the game running again.
Never mind that The9 have lost the contract to run World of Warcraft in China to a rival firm. They're going to compensate by releasing a new game! Which...looks a lot like World of Warcraft.