Gerade hatte Blizzard die Bestrafung eines für Hongkong protestierenden eSportlers gemildert, jetzt sperrt der Verleger erneut Spieler! Blizzard sperrt Hearthstone-Profi, der "Freiheit für Hongkong" fordert und löst gigantischen Shitstorm aus. Blizzard hat einen E-Sportler aus. Blizzard-Präsident J. Allen Brack hat sich zu Beginn der Blizzcon für den Umgang mit der Hongkong-Kontroverse entschuldigt. Bevor das.
Hongkong: Blizzard sperrt E-Sport-Profi wegen Solidaritäts-AktionDie Kritik an Blizzard nimmt weiter zu, nachdem der Publisher die politische Stellungnahme eines Hearthstone-Profis sanktionierte. Der umstrittene Bann von Hearthstone-Profi blitzchung führte zu einem Boykott von Blizzard, scharfer Kritik von US-Politikern und dem Verlust. Jahr wird ein E-Sport-Profi gesperrt, der auf einem Turnier von Blizzard mit einem Ausruf für die Protestbewegung in Hongkong gekämpft hatte.
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A message from the official Hearthstone account on Chinese social media site Weibo last month, however, appeared to have taken its own political stance.
Blizzard's Chinese Weibo wrote: "We are very angered and disappointed at what happened at the event and do not condone it in any way.
We also highly object the spreading of personal political beliefs in this manner We will always respect and defend the pride of our country. Brack has since confirmed that this statement was not approved by Blizzard in the US, as its Chinese publishing partner, Netease, has sole control of its Weibo accounts a Chinese partner company is a legal requirement for Blizzard to publish its games in China.
But the concern for fans is that American companies like Blizzard are willing to let free speech principles slide when it comes to prioritising big business interests — and that they can have a convenient scapegoat in the shape of a separate, Chinese publisher.
Blizzcon should have been a huge celebration. Blizzard is throwing its lot in with an authoritarian state, acting as an international agent of its repressive apparatus in opposition to fundamental human rights.
An organized boycott targeting Blizzard is also a relatively rare opportunity for ordinary citizens around the world to help out the Hong Kong protestors working to protect their democratic system.
Punishing Blizzard for its behavior could help send a signal to other companies that acting as agents of the Chinese state carries a cost and that they need to think carefully before throwing Hong Kong under the bus.
Just yesterday, the NBA issued a statement distancing itself from Daryl Morey , the general manager of the Houston Rockets, after he tweeted support for the Hong Kong protestors.
The team is reportedly considering firing him in order to placate Chinese authorities and protect NBA investments there.
The league is facing a bipartisan political backlash as a result; Sen. Will you help keep Vox free for all?
I'm not [regretful] of what I said. Following the initial announcement about Blitchung's banning, gamers began expressing their disappointment and outrage on Twitter, causing BoycottBlizzard to trend.
Others canceled their subscriptions to World of Warcraft, including former Blizzard developer Mark Kern. Some also began deleting their Battle.
Hearthstone, the competitive card game central to this controversy, has been "review bombed. The Google Play Store , however, appears to have removed the negative reviews for the game.
There are three reviews dated Oct. A screenshot from Oct. Google did implement measures to weaponize reviews last year, which may explain why those reviews disappear after some time.
Another step some are taking is attempting to make Mei -- a Chinese character in Blizzard's popular Overwatch game -- a symbol of the Hong Kong protest.
The hope is that the Chinese government will take note of the character's usage in protests and therefore ban the game. In the wake of the backlash, a website called Gamers for Freedom went up.
The group says "it's outrageous to think that an American company would take away your money and your job simply because you want to be free from oppression.
The organization behind the site, the nonprofit activist group Fight for the Future , held a protest at the company's fan convention set for Nov.
It passed out free t-shirts with the slogan "Mei with Hong Kong" on it. As for the event itself, there were few public protests made during the various panels with the exception of a couple of people saying "free Hong Kong" during one panel's QA session.
Gamers aren't the only ones upset over Blizzard's actions. Not everyone at Blizzard agrees with what happened.
Both the "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" values have been covered up by incensed employees this morning.
Dozens of employees also staged a walkout in protest , according to the Daily Beast. One employee said, "The action Blizzard took against the player was pretty appalling but not surprising.
Blizzard makes a lot of money in China, but now the company is in this awkward position where we can't abide by our values.
Politicians have also taken note of Blizzard's action. Ron Wyden , a Democrat from Oregon, tweeted on Oct. Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party.
China is a huge and important market where Activision Blizzard makes millions. The top thread on its Hearthstone board stands in solidarity with Blitzchung.
It currently has replies and 6. As a [Hong Konger], I quit [ Hearthstone ] without consideration. Still another said: "His long flowing locks aside, what does this even mean?
Will they never again bow to the will of the Chinese government? My magic 8-ball says 'ask again later. His long flowing locks aside, what does this even mean?