Blizzard Is 'Assessing' How To Proceed Following Hong Kong Controversy

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The company also denied him the $10,000 in prize money he had won in last weekend's Hearthstone Grandmaster's Tournament in which the interview took place.

As you might imagine, the Blizzard Reddit has exploded, because why wouldn't it after a company you have supported boots one of its players for speaking out for democracy.

"Recognize what's happening here".

In the wake of Blitzchung's ban, social media sites dedicated to Blizzard's games have exploded with outrage over the perception that, due to the publisher's stake in the Chinese video games market, it has made a decision to prioritize profits over free speech.

The latest, and perhaps biggest example of this is the ongoing controversy involving Blizzard Entertainment, who suspended a Hearthstone pro for expressing his support for the protests now happening in Hong Kong. In all, there were about 30 people who participated. Blizzard explained its decision as a punishment for violating official Blizzard esports rules.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said: "Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party".

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Chung addressed the controversy Tuesday in a livestream on a different service called Twitch, the New York Times reported.

Another said: "I'm disappointed".

"I didn't expect my comments would make a huge impact", he continued, according to The Guardian. I shouldn't be scared.

"Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard's sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the pulic, or otherwise damages Blizzard image will result in removal from Grandmasters and reduction of the player's prize total to $0 United States dollars, in addition to other remedies which may be provided for under the Handbook and Blizzard's Website Terms". On Sunday, the general manager of the Houston Rockets NBA basketball team tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protests.

As some players elect to boycott Blizzard titles in response, website The Verge seemingly reached out to developer Epic Games to see what its stance on the matter was, specifically with regards to their wildly popular battle royale game Fortnite. Two of these, "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters", were reportedly covered up by employees. He explained, "I could understand a fine, or even a short suspension from competitive play, but removal from Grandmasters, clawing back the prizes he already earned, and banning him for a full year seems completely overboard to an extent that feels completely unwarranted and unfair".

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