American company Blizzard disqualifies Chinese esports player for 1 year for supporting Hong Kong protests
Blizzard, a computer game developer and subject to the US Constitution and, in particular, the First Amendment on Free Speech, took all the prize money and disqualified the Asian player Chung Ng Wai, also known as “Blitzchung”, for 1 year .
According to official information, the precedent for sanctions against the player was the post-match interview of the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament, to which Blitzchung appeared in a gas mask and said "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" in Chinese.
The footage of the resonance statement was later tweeted by Inven Global, who interviewed Chung Ng Wai.
Obviously, this was not an impulsive decision, Ng Wai was clearly aware of the consequences, but still decided to take this step. Now he may be persecuted by the Chinese government and people who stand for the current state system.
"My call on stream was just another form of participation of the protest that I wish to grab more attention. I put so much effort in that social movement in the past few months that I sometimes couldn't focus on preparing my Grandmaster match. I know what my action on stream means. It could cause me lot of trouble, even my personal safety in real life," he said.
Although civil rights may be protected by the First Amendment, this does not apply to Chinese citizens. In order not to lose many billions of dollars in profits from the Asian market, Blizzard was forced to take the money she earned from Blitzchung because of close relationship with Tencent, a Chinese investor who can stop the license of an American company in China.
Everything that happened can be interpreted as falling under one of the Blizzard company rules posted on the site, according to which, if the participants “insult the public” or somehow harm the company's reputation, their prize money will be canceled.