A few days ago Blizzard banned Heathstone player Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai after he spoke about Hong Kong protests against China. The stream was disconnected and Blizzard took harsh decisions against him. You can read about that here
The protest against Blizzard has increased massively. Furthermore, the rival companies are also taking benefit from the situation.
A day ago, Tim Sweeny Epic Games CEO spoke about the
situation and completely showed support to protest. He spoke regarding the
difference between Epic Games and Blizzard. Here is what he had to say behalf
of Epic Games.
“Epic supports everyone’s right to express their views on politics and human rights. We wouldn’t ban or punish a Fortnite player or content creator for speaking on these topics,” an Epic Games spokesperson told The Verge.
Few moments later, someone asked Tim Sweeney if he would ban Tfue if had said “Free Hong Kong”. His reply was “exactly”.
Apart from Epic Games, A Rival Card game called Gods Unchained Tweeted that they will pay the players lost winnings and a ticket to their $500k Tournament.
Apart from this, Blizzard Employes protested against their own company. Wow, unbelievable… everyone is supporting the freedom of speech. An employee told the Daily Beast about the situation.
“Blizzard makes a lot of money in China, but now the company is in this awkward position where we can’t abide by our values,” a Blizzard employee told The Daily Beast.
A protest was also held outside Blizzard Headquarters yesterday. The Protest originally started after a post on sub Reddit post got viral. The post asked people to protest outside Irvine, CA at the Blizzard Headquarters. Afterward, the post was shared to numerous places. However, according to reports, the protest wasn’t that big. Well, nobody is free on Thursdays. Furthermore, this day was chosen because It’s a holiday marking the beginning of the Chinese Republic’s overthrow of the Qing Dynasty.
Popular Casters like Brian Kibler and Nathan “ThatsAdmirable” Zamora also stepped down from casting further GrandMaster League matches. The casters said that they wont be casting until a change will happen.
“Blitzchung’s actions to support Hong Kong speak to me far more than I could have imagined. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in, and to make sacrifices in the process. His actions are inspiring to me, and I support him wholeheartedly,” Zamora said.
“For me, this is a large part of my livelihood. This is my passion. This pursuit has been my life, and I’m lucky that I’ve been able to make it a career,” he wrote. “But I cannot compromise my conviction. Without change that would convince me that Blizzard will uphold their core value ‘Every Voice Matters,’ I cannot continue casting the game.”
Icing on the cake, one of the most popular Hearthstone streamer TSM Kripparrian tweeted in support of banned gamer. He explained saying “I support those protesting in Hong Kong”
The protest against Blizzard has kept growing from past few days. Of course, Blizzard has not given an official statement lately. The current situation will force Blizzard to either unban the player or do something about the situation.