California-based game company Blizzard bans pro esports player and confiscates his prize money after he voices support for Hong Kong protesters

28 comments

  1. Schnoofles

    |Author

    Cancelling your subscription is one thing, but if you really want to hit them where it hurts then start contacting all the other companies they do business with and ask if their policies are to do business with those who support human rights abusers. Caterers, hotel chains, venues for events, transportation etc.. If some of those start cutting ties due to public pressure then it’ll cause some major logistical problems and disruption.

    *edit: typo*

  2. Prometheus720

    |Author

    It needs to be said constantly.

    This isn’t about Blizzard or the NBA or any other company being unethical. It is, but they don’t care about what is ethical. So it can’t be about that.

    The argument is that *it is not in any of these companies’ long-term best interests to lick the CCP’s boots.*

    Do they want to do business hamstrung under Chinese censorship? Just to make more money this quarter? Or do they want to do business in a freer world?

  3. Xerox748

    |Author

    This is so ******. It’s clear that China has become a threat to all of humanity around the globe. Their belt and road initiative is only growing and consolidating their power. Something needs to be done immediately to quell the tide or before long we’ll all be living under their oppressive regime by proxy. **** China and their Winnie the Pooh **** of a ruler.

  4. LouisCaravan

    |Author

    Meanwhile, *Gods Unchained* is offering to pay all of his lost winnings and invited him to their tournament.

    https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained/status/1181487505180258304

    > **@Blizzard_Ent** just banned **@blitzchungHS** and stripped his Hearthstone winnings because they care about money more than freedom. We will pay for ALL his lost winnings and a ticket to our $500k tournament: **no player should be punished for their beliefs.** #freegaming

    I don’t have my own laptop so I can’t play, but that’s one hell of a classy move, even if it’s just for PR. I’m a long-time HS player, and I’ve uninstalled.

    Cancelling my WoW Classic sub as well for the time being – their long-term response will determine if I renew.

  5. FenrisFrost

    |Author

    The problem is China has a closed off internet situation, and Blizzard probably massively sustains itself from players there. Make them mad and they can snap their fingers and Bam… God knows how many customers suddenly gone.

    But a simple statement would have been enough. Hello, they fired the people *interviewing* the person.

  6. Pawtry

    |Author

    Yep, when I hear yet another CEO talk about private industry needing to become the moral voice of society then this and the NBA thing happens.

  7. Well, that makes it official, I’m done with Overwatch, WoW, Hearthstone and Diablo. I can forgive them for being out of touch with the consumer but opening supporting oppressive Chinese government is the line for me.

  8. **USA users can contact their representatives in Congress as well as State representatives to ask them why the USA is allowing a totalitarian regime to own shares in US companies to disasterous impact on US democracy and rights.**

    People think that representatives are overwhelmed by letters and emails, but the truth is that most of them are not, and even the busiest ones have staff whose job it is to sort through correspondance and note the issue of concern to present to the representative in daily or weekly reports about the subjects brought up by their constituents.

    https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

  9. Jewish_Doctor

    |Author

    Blizzard as a company has been more and more disappointing as they’ve gotten larger. Used to be a pillar of how to do things right and made the best products and now they’re flirting with politics?? Come on guys.

  10. Hypergnostic

    |Author

    We should all feel so proud and free to see U.S. companies shrivel up and lick foreign dictator ass. People don’t matter. Public opinion matters, but people don’t matter. Money is important, but people aren’t important. Hope for the species dwindles.

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