Blizzard bans player for supporting Hong Kong

Lyft PcKT80
Oct 9 15 Comments

Blizzard banned (and stripped all earnings of for the season I believe) the professional Hearthstone player for expressing support for Hong Kong in his postgame interview after his gm match. Blizzard officially apologized to China saying they will always respect and defend the pride of China.
Anyone at Blizzard willing to chime in on what’s going down in the office in relation to this? Are people just keeping quiet?



article for reference

gle.com/amp/s/kkkk://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/world/asia/blizzard-hearthstone-hong-kong.amp.html

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  • LinkedIn Uranus⛢
    “In a post-match interview with the Taiwan stream of Hearthstone, Mr. Chung, who is known as Blitzchung, appeared with ballistic goggles and a gas mask, protective gear often worn by protesters during demonstrations in Hong Kong. Mr. Chung shouted in Mandarin: “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” a popular slogan of the protesters.”

    Nothing wrong for Blizzard to ban a political activist here.
    Oct 9 4
    • Postmates Yija
      I feel this would be a valid argument, but Blizzard made this political themselves in their response saying they will defend China's pride.
      Meanwhile NBA not selling out to China for $
      Oct 9
    • Lyft PcKT80
      OP
      Both the commentators were fired as well despite not commenting (they weren’t from HK)
      Oct 9
    • Google kemonsy
      This. I feel like people are overreacting for this one because of the China hate. Tweeting on a personal account(NBA case)is very different from voicing their political opinions during a live broadcasted public event. I’m sure blizzard would do the same thing if it’s a pro China comment, or a Trump 2020 comment, or any other political agenda, controversial or not.

      People should be angry at nba but imo blizzard did the correct thing.
      Oct 9
    • Google / R&D
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      vnzF53more
      This. Blizzard has clear rules stated before this happened.
      Oct 9
  • Uber NoBalloon
    Blizzard is just another corporation selling out for money. Welcome to our Chinese overlords and say bye bye to free speech!
    Oct 9 0
  • Wizards of the Coast qPGS27
    Blizzard gave away the game in their Chinese statement, in which they said that they would always defend China's pride. You can't claim afterward that this is an evenhanded push against alienating political speech
    Oct 9 0
  • Micron / Finance muun
    Blizzard does business in China, which Hong Kong is a part of. If a Hong Kong player breaks a law very vocally using Blizzard as a platform, then it seems like Blizzard is justified in banning that player. I get that Chinese laws aren't just by international standards, but Blizzard is subject to the laws where it does business. They don't have an obligation to support a revolution.
    Oct 9 4
    • Wizards of the Coast qPGS27
      If anyone felt they had an obligation, people would be demanding a fine, not a boycott
      Oct 9
    • Micron / Finance muun
      It's a lose-lose situation for Blizzard. Get penalized by the Chinese government or get bad press and a potential boycott from HK supporters.
      Oct 9
    • Wizards of the Coast qPGS27
      Nobody gives a shit that outsourcing their ethics to a spreadsheet isn't working out for them.
      Oct 9
    • Wizards of the Coast qPGS27
      Me in 1963: It's a lose-lose situation for Woolworths,
      Oct 9
  • Amazon od
    Blizzard is running an international esports platform. Any political propaganda should be banned on such platform, just like IOC or FIFA does. Politics should stay away from sports.
    Oct 10 0
  • Facebook leetworld
    Same thing happened to GM of the Rockets. China is too big to fail.
    Oct 9 1
    • LinkedIn Uranus⛢
      Not the same thing. Chinese state/state-owned-enterprise banned NBA. When a state persecutes an individual/organization for what they say, then it is a clear violation of Freedom of Speech. I am a lot more sympathetic to NBA than to this HK guy.
      Oct 9

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