World Of Warcraft in China with pay you £10,000 to snitch on a cheater

World Of Warcraft asset (Activision Blizzard)

China is the safest place to play World Of Warcraft (Activision Blizzard)

World Of Warcraft has returned to China after over a year, as NetEase rages holy war against cheaters with rewards worth up to £10,500 to ‘purify’ Azeroth.

For over a year Chinese Blizzard fans were unable to play any of the publisher’s games – including Overwatch, Hearthstone, and World Of Warcraft – due to a fallout with NetEase, which published the American company’s games in the country.

The two video game giants patched things up earlier this year though, with the full game returning on August 1… along with some very harsh penalties for cheaters.

Before its full return, NetEase is going to extreme lengths to stop anyone trying to spoil the popular massively multiplayer online game, with rewards of up to £10,500 for helping to catch cheaters and those enabling them.

‘Maintaining order in the game and purifying the environment of Azeroth is waiting for you to join,’ says a post on behalf of NetEase, according to Google Translate.

The post implores fans to come together in what sounds like a holy war against cheaters, and explains how NetEase will reward fans for snitching on those who cheat in the game.

Fans get points for each successful report of a cheater, with a leaderboard where the top 100 get rewarded between 1,288 and 75 points on their accounts, to spend on in-game perks.

‘In order to ensure that everyone can enjoy the game in a good environment, we have launched a special campaign to combat illegal gaming from now on.

‘Let’s work together to protect Azeroth and create a fair and healthy gaming atmosphere,’ says the post.

That’s not all though, as NetEase is also targeting those who produce, sell, and distribute cheats, including setting law enforcement after them.

The publisher will reward fans up to £10,500 ‘if the evidence is sufficient and legally enforceable to help the national service team cooperate with the police to file a case’.

NetEase is essentially creating a brigade of bounty hunters to be its eyes and ears against malicious players, and considering the size of the rewards it’ll probably be very effective.

It might sound harsh, but we’ve seen many examples of gamers being prosecuted in the past, for selling hacked pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, for example, and being jailed for spoiling the ending to visual novel Steins;Gate.

Cheaters, look out! (Activision Blizzard)

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