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Technology Blizzard employees walked out in protest following pro-Hong Kong player ban

04:15  10 october  2019
04:15  10 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Blizzard pulls Blitzchung from Hearthstone tournament over support for Hong Kong protests

  Blizzard pulls Blitzchung from Hearthstone tournament over support for Hong Kong protests Blizzard also cancelled the pro player's prize winnings and banned him from Hearthstone esports for 12 months. "© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired by police during a protest in Hong Kong. Getty Images Blizzard, the company behind both the game Hearthstone and the competition, said in a statement that Blitzchung had broken a rule. The rule in question involved "engaging" in an act that, "in Blizzard's sole discretion" brings into "public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public or otherwise damages" Blizzard's image.

A couple dozen Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday in protest of the company’s decision to ban a professional Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend, according to The Daily Beast. The employees met at a giant statue depicting an

A small group of Activision Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday afternoon to protest the company’s actions against a gamer who expressed support for pro -democracy protesters in Hong Kong Several employees held umbrellas, a visual symbol adopted by protesters in Hong Kong .

A couple dozen Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday in protest of the company’s decision to ban a professional Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend, according to The Daily Beast.

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The employees met at a giant statue depicting an Orc Warrior outside of the Activision Blizzard offices in California. According to the Beast, employees came and went as the day continued on and topped off at around 30 concurrent workers. Someone claiming to be a Blizzard employee posted a photo of workers sitting beside the statue on the r/Hearthstone subreddit, where it was met with praise from members of the Reddit community.

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Blizzard employees walk out in protest over the company's punishment of Hearthstone player Blitzchung after his pro - Hong Kong comments. The controversy related to Blizzard 's punishment of a professional Hearthstone player for stating pro - Hong Kong sentiment during a tournament

Blizzard Entertainment, the California-based video game company behind World of Warcraft and Overwatch, has banned a professional player from one of its esports leagues for expressing support of pro -democracy protesters in Hong Kong after winning a tournament match over the weekend.

Earlier this week, Blizzard banned professional Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung from participating in tournaments for a year after he yelled a pro-Hong Kong slogan during a post-game interview. “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!” Blitzchung said with his mouth covered by a mask similar to what the protesters wear themselves.

Blizzard is also withholding any winnings Blitzchung would have received for his participation in this past weekend’s Grandmasters tournament.

In addition to its own employees, Blizzard has been blasted with criticism from lawmakers, other game developers, and its player communities. On Tuesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said, “Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party.” He continued, “No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck.”

Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, told The Verge that it would support the speech rights of its players and refuse to ban them for their political beliefs. “Epic supports everyone’s right to express their views on politics and human rights,” a company spokesperson said.

At Blizzcon 2019, Blizzard apologizes for poor handling of Hearthstone's Hong Kong protesters .
The developer behind Overwatch, Diablo and Hearthstone is under fire for its handling of the Hong Kong protests.On Friday, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack opened the company's annual Blizzcon fan event by apologizing for the company's admittedly poor handling of the controversy, an a promise it will do better.

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