World of Warcraft and StarCraft theme parks under construction in China

China's famous for its loose intellectual property laws, but unlicensed theme parks based on World of Warcraft and StarCraft currently under construction are unlike anything we've ever seen.

Called Joyland World, the park will have 'Terrain of WarCraft' and 'Universe of StarCraft' mini-parks inside it. The concept art for the parks (available on the Joyland World website) makes them look rather ambitious, but as you can see from the picture below, the park still has a long way to go.

Above: Concept art for the Terrain of WarCraft mini-park in Joyland World

Above: Concept art for the Universe of StarCraft mini-park

It will be interesting to see Blizzard's response to the park as it does not appear to be officially endorsed in any way.

Feb 11, 2011

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  • kiba924 - February 13, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    I cant really see why the last part of the park,The island of mystery,is it own part of the park. It looks a lot like a blood elf structure so why is not part of the warcraft attraction?
  • TRcommander - February 12, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    There's no way Blizzard could shut this down if it's in China. Besides, the park will be good publicity so if they're smart, they'll try to make money off of it somehow. So instead of wasting time and money trying to close the park, they should try to find a way to make this work in their favor.
  • potpan0 - February 12, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    Don't see why not. Even though Blizzard won't get any money off it, nor will they loose any. It also might inspire people to buy the games :)
  • TheRandomFool - February 12, 2011 midnight

    Sadly, the only way this will work is if blizzy gets a piece of the massive pie that this will generate, but if they don't get it, hell will be paid. (In the blood of Chinese gold farmers.)
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - February 11, 2011 10:21 p.m.

  • BazyLastard - February 11, 2011 9:16 p.m.

    12 million subscribers even...
  • BazyLastard - February 11, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Half (or more) of WoW's coveted "12 millions subscribers" are Chinese. If the Chinese government says, "they can build it", Blizzard/Activision won't be able to do anything about it. What do you think they can do? Appeal to the Chinese Supreme Court? Fight the Chinese government's ruling and risk getting WoW shutdown in China? Threaten to pull WoW from China themselves? So yeah, in America they might have some push here, but in China they are at the mercy of their own greed and in turn, China's "loose intellectual property laws."
  • WillisTron - February 11, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    This is WILD 0_o
  • Mike657 - February 11, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    I hope Blizzard shuts them down. Even though its the most blatant copyright violation I've ever seen, those parks whould make a ridiculous amount of money off Blizzard's franchises, none of which would go to new games. And Terrain of Warcraft? Is that just bad translation, or did they really name it something that stupid?
  • 8bitBaby - February 11, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    china? does china like blizzard like that? i thought korea was in love with blizzard like that. also... those are insane parks. that's going to take like TEN years to finish. but blizzard's gonna shut them down.
  • ColonelKc - February 11, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    *Eyes tickets to China*
  • slowdrum13 - February 11, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    activision is going to try to get every penny out of this they can.
  • Turboash - February 11, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    Just beware... after all, it's MADE IN CHINA.
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 11, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    Holy shit.
  • BigLandoz - February 11, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    I just don't see Blizzard letting this fly...though it would be cool.

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