Technology Blizzard says ‘we failed in our purpose’ after Hearthstone Hong Kong controversy
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.
“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.”
Apple removes Taiwan flag emoji from iOS in Hong Kong
Apple appears to have removed the Taiwan flag from the emoji keyboard of users that have their iOS region set to Hong Kong or Macau, according to a number of local websites, including Hiraku. The change, implemented via a software update, comes not long after the company released its iOS 13 operating system, and highlights the complicated relationship that Apple -- and indeed many American companies -- have with China. Apple's region lock of ROCApple's region lock of ROC Taiwan flag ???????? extended beyond CN devices to HK and Macau's in the iOS/iPadOS 13.1.1 rollout. Interestingly, the new lock only affects the keyboard, and has no problem displaying and is easy to bypass by switching region. https://t.co/RVRKNQyc1lpic.twitter.
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 Blizzardfor 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.”
Despite staggering protest, Hong Kong maintains
The organizers claimed a million protesters on Sunday, making it the largest protest in three decades.
The Hong Kong pro-Beijing government on Monday refused to bury a controversial bill that will allow extradition to China, despite a monstrous protest against the text the day before in the former British colony.
Combattive to the media, the head of the executive Carrie Lam has reaffirmed that the Legislative Council (LegCo), the "parliament" local, would review as expected Wednesday this law.PHOTOS. Monster demonstration in Hong Kong, 1 million people in the streets against a Chinese law
An intransigence denounced by his opponents who are already calling to demonstrate Wednesday near the LegCo, or to strike. "It is pushing Hong Kong to the edge of the precipice," said pro-democracy MP Claudia Mo.
The bill should allow extraditions to all jurisdictions with which no bilateral agreement exists, including the Mainland China. The authorities say the law will fill a legal vacuum and make the city no longer a safe haven for some criminals."This is a very important law that will help bring justice to justice and ensure that Hong Kong meets its international obligations in cross-border and transnational crime," said Carrie Lam.
"Deaf ear"The text has aroused criticism from Western countries as well as the outcry of some Hong Kong people who denounce opaque and politicized Chinese justice. Many fear a "political" use of extraditions by Beijing. On Sunday, an impressive crowd demonstrated in the streets despite the suffocating subtropical humidity. The organizers have claimed one million protesters, making it the largest demonstration in three decades, by far the largest since the surrender in 1997. This march is a huge challenge to Carrie Lam, who is not elected but named. But the head of the executive said she did not plan to change the substance of the text. She stressed that her Government had already made many concessions to ensure that Hong Kong's unique freedoms were protected and that the text was in line with international human rights standards.
"My team and I have not ignored the views expressed about this very important piece of legislation. We listened with a lot of attention ", she told the press. "I have not received any instructions or mandate from Beijing to make this law," she said. Intransigence that raised disbelief in the opposition. "Yesterday, 1.03 million people marched and the government remains indifferent and turned a deaf ear," said MP Ip Kin-yuen. "This government has become a dictatorship
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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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