Gamasutra is reporting on announced plans from EA to invest in The9
, the Massive firm that currently runs World of Warcraft
in the Chinese market (among several other properties). EA Mythic recently announced they would be sending Warhammer Online into Asia
, and one could easily imagine The9 being an instrumental part of that endeavor. The WoW angle is another wrinkle to keep in mind, as well: "Shanghai-based MMO executive Bill Bishop points out in some detailed analysis on his weblog: 'EA and Vivendi Universal Games (owners of Blizzard, developer of World of Warcraft) are direct competitors. Perhaps the Blizzard-The9 contract does not have any protection for Vivendi in the event that a competitor takes a significant stake in The9, but that would be surprising.'"