Blizzard "pays" for punishing a pro-gamer who supported the protests in Hong Kong
Blizzard, an international company that has placed profit in the Chinese market above human rights, is forced to take a step back after massive pressure from politicians and human rights organizations.
After Chung Ng Wai, also known as “Blitzchung”, uttered forbidden, in the opinion of Blizzard leadership, words in support of the Hong Kong protests, he was fined for the entire prize amount and was disqualified from participating in the competition for 1 year.
A few days after Blitzchung was declared an “breaker,” Blizzard employees went to an improvise rally in front of the office in Irvine, California. At the same time, US senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) opposed such an unconstitutional policy of the company.
To date, most gaming communities have turned against Blizzard, including the nonprofit activist group Fight for the Future. In a statement on their website, activists intend to bring Blizzard's attention to the fact that the human right to freedom of speech is inviolable and in response to the sanctions imposed on Chung Ng Wai, they will bring umbrellas to their at BlizzCon, Blizzard Activision's biggest annual conference, in solidarity with the Hong Kong protests, which also appeal to all comers.
"BlizzCon 2019 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center next month. With gamers and journalists attending from around the world, BlizzCon will be the perfect opportunity for us to show Blizzard just how important our freedom is. Bring an umbrella — the symbol of freedom in Hong Kong — and join us at noon on November 1st for an epic day of protest with hundreds of other gamers who care!" said in a statement.
According to the latest information, Blizzard changed her mind about “Blitzchung” and decided to return the honestly earned prize to the player and reduced the suspension to six months. But in the future, the company intends to continue its policy of censoring players, which could result in more significant international conflicts.