Technology Blizzard says ‘we failed in our purpose’ after Hearthstone Hong Kong controversy

20:40  01 november  2019
20:40  01 november  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.

Blizzard Entertainment kicked off its annual BlizzCon fan expo today with a direct apology from president J. Allen Brack regarding the explosive Hong Kong controversy.

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“Blizzard had the opportunity yo bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone e-sports moment about a month ago. We did not. We moved too quickly in our decision-making and then to make matters worse, we were too low to talk to all of you,” Brack said onstage during the beginning of the BlizzCon opening ceremony. “When I think about how most unhappy I am I think about two things. We didn’t live up to the higher standards we set for ourselves. Second, we failed in our purpose. For that I am sorry and I accept accountability.”

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Brack, aware of the protests outside BlizzCon’s doors at the Anaheim Convention Center, knew he would have to address the situation head on. And the controversy, in which Blizzard banned a professional Hearthstone player for supporting the Hong Kong protestors in what critics say was a direct appeasement of the Chinese government, still threatens to overshadow many of the company’s announcements today. Before Brack took the stage and throughout his statement, Twitch users were also filling up the live stream chat window with “FREE HK” and other similar sentiments.

Brack was careful not to even mention the words “Hong Kong,” but he did go on to pledge that Blizzard “will do better going forward,” and that its actions “will matter more than any of these words.”


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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