You must be hearing news about a professional gamer getting banned for supporting Hong Kong Protests? Yes this is true and its worth hearing
Professional Hearthstone player Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai was recently suspended by Blizzard over a political statement. Chung Lits Chung appeared on Taiwanese Stream during Hearthstone Grandmasters for an interview. He wore Gas mask, which protestors usually wear. Additionally, he released a statement saying “ Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our age!”.
Afterwards, the stream closed immediately and ads showed up. Blizzard was very harsh towards his statement and took quick decisions.
Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai is banned for 1 year from Competitive gaming. He will not receive any money, around $10000 from Grandmasters season 2. Furthermore, they also expelled him from the league. Blizzard also banned the two casters from initiating any further events.
The Blizzard community did not take this decision politely. There is protest and outrage in every Blizzard Forum. Majority of fans on Reddit have decided to delete all Blizzard games. The Boycott is now getting more and more attention. Here is a picture from Hearthstone Reddit to give you idea of whats going on.
Community and Player Reaction:
The player was not disappointed by his actions, he rather motivated others to do the same. He made some emotional confident statements after the ban.
Here are his statements:
“I sacrificed time hanging out with my friends and studying because of this competition. Even though it seemed that I had wasted four years of time, I have something more important in my heart – if we lose the movement, Hong Kong will end forever.”
“I didn’t expect my comments would make a huge impact,” he said. “I’m just expressing myself and why should I be afraid of this kind of ‘white terror’? This is my freedom of speech.
“I shouldn’t be scared. I hope my act can inspire other gamers like me, to continue to support the movement in Hong Kong.”
This is not it folks, the issue is all over the world. After thousands of players decided to delete their account in support of the protest, Blizzard attempted to finish the account deleting system, where people cant delete their own accounts.
The Norwegian Parliament member also wrote a letter to Blizzard regarding the matter saying that “He was distressed to hear about your latest reaction of suspending the Hearthstone Player”
Blizzard employees also rose up against company’s decision. Many players and casters like Brian Kibler have also protested against it, some even left their jobs at Blizzard. The outrage is very strong, Blizzard might have to do something about it. Many rumours suggest that a small piece of Blizzard might be owned by the Chinese company Tencent, this is why they can’t talk against it.
Blizzard response on the matter was “2019 HEARTHSTONE® GRANDMASTERS OFFICIAL COMPETITION RULES v1.4 p.12, Section 6.1 (o)
Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image will result in removal from Grandmasters and reduction of the player’s prize total to $0 USD, in addition to other remedies which may be provided for under the Handbook and Blizzard’s Website Terms.
Additionally, there are many theories surrounding the ban saying that Blizzard banned the player not for breaking rules but talking against China. Popular News channels and websites are now covering this issue. Pro-Western are coming forward to raise this issue in a strong case against China and Blizzard.