WoW’s Chinese operator suspends new user registrations

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft operation has hit another little snag; the MMO’s Chinese operator NetEase has apparently stopped accepting new registrants as they go through the process of re-applying for a license to operate the game’s The Burning Crusade expansion.

WoW has been tangled in a bit of a mess between the China’s General Administration of Press and Publications and the Ministry of Culture for a while now as the two try to figure out how the online game space should be regulated in the country, even forcing the MMO’s return to playable form following the operator switch from The9 to NetEase last year to be a delayed one.

“We recently submitted our application to operate World of Warcraft (The Burning Crusade) to the General Administration of Press and Publication for review,” NetEase wrote on the Chinese WoW website yesterday.

Starting today, new registrations are not allowed for a week.