Blizzard employees go on strike against management's decision to punish esports player for supporting Hong Kong protests
About 30 people disagreed with the decision of the company’s management regarding Chung Ng Wai, also known as “Blitzchung”. On Tuesday, after details of the incident leaked to the network, Blizzard employees left their workplaces and staged a protest near the orc statue.
It is worth recalling that the Asian player was suspended from participation in e-sports for 1 year, and was also fined 10 thousand dollars, after the phrase “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”, in a post-match interview.
According to workers who know the situation from the inside, Blizzard is now "between a rock and hard place", on the one hand China, which brings fabulous profits and on the other hand personal human convictions and, obviously, the company will always prefer money to freedom of speech.
An improvise rally began in the morning. About 10 a.m. local time, in Irvine, California. People held umbrellas as a symbol of protest in Hong Kong.
Not everyone at Blizzard agrees with what happened.— Kevin Hovdestad (@lackofrealism) October 8, 2019
Both the "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" values have been covered up by incensed employees this morning. pic.twitter.com/I7nAYUes6Q
On Twitter, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) commented on Blizzard's policies, calling the behavior humiliating and showing weakness to China.
Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck. https://t.co/rJBeXUiwYS— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) October 8, 2019
According to company employees, no sanctions or penalties have been applied against the protesters for now.
Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions. China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally. Implications of this will be felt long after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone. https://t.co/Cx3tkWc7r6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 8, 2019