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AOC and Rubio join a bipartisan letter urging Blizzard to “reverse course” on Hong Kong bans
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AOC and Rubio join a bipartisan letter urging Blizzard to “reverse course” on Hong Kong bans

It appears that the one thing that United States politicians can agree on is that Blizzard made a mistake in its actions against players who have spoken in support of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Some of the most prominent senators and representatives – from both sides of the aisle – have penned a joint letter urging Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick to “reverse course” after it suspended Hearthstone pro Ng Wai Chung, known in-game as Blitzchung. read more

Blitzchung has “no idea” if he’ll return to competitive Hearthstone
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Blitzchung has “no idea” if he’ll return to competitive Hearthstone

This week, Hearthstone pro Ng Wai Chung – known as ‘Blitzchung’ in-game – was suspended by Blizzard after a post-match interview where he called for the liberation of Hong Kong. Many players have been threatening to boycott Blizzard ever since, and while Blitzchung is much more friendlier toward the company in his new statement, he’s still not sure whether he’ll return to competition. read more

Blizzard says “China had no influence” on Hong Kong protest punishments
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Blizzard says “China had no influence” on Hong Kong protest punishments

Blizzard has released an official statement concerning the controversial decision to suspend a professional Hearthstone player and strip him of his prize money for calling out “liberate Hong Kong” during a Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament livestream earlier this week. In it, the company explains its choices, while also restoring the player’s prize money and reducing the suspensions of both they and the shoutcasters involved down from one year to six months. read more

Blizzard employees stage a walkout, calling the Hong Kong ban “appalling but not surprising”
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Blizzard employees stage a walkout, calling the Hong Kong ban “appalling but not surprising”

This week, Blizzard banned Hearthstone pro Blitzchung and revoked his prize winnings for expressing support for ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The action has resulted in worldwide backlash against the publisher, as fans threaten to boycott Blizzard to protest the Blitzchung ban. It seems many of Blizzard’s own employees are unhappy with the decision too, and have staged a walkout at the company’s Irvine, California office. read more

Fans threaten to boycott Blizzard after the company punishes a pro’s Hong Kong protest support
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Fans threaten to boycott Blizzard after the company punishes a pro’s Hong Kong protest support

Hearthstone pro player Ng Wai Chung, also known as ‘Blitzchung’, appeared in post-match interview wearing a gas mask and goggles that evoked the ongoing protests in his home of Hong Kong. Blitzchung called for the liberation of Hong Kong, and in response Blizzard has suspended the player, withheld his prize money, and ceased working with the two casters involved in the segment. read more