Three More US eSports Players Disqualified by Blizzard for Supporting Hong Kong Protests
Blizzard, a company gained notoriety for censorship of its players, continued to exclude other players from competing, another “censorship” victim was three students of American University who raised a sign saying “Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz” during the Hearthstone broadcast Collegiate Championships.
According to the official statement on the company's website:
"During week 4 of the Fall 2019 Hearthstone Collegiate Championships, players GiantDwarf, TJammer and Xcelsior were in violation of section 7.1.B of the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship rules for engaging in behavior disruptive to the official esports broadcast. The players are disqualified from the ongoing tournament and will be ineligible to participate in Hearthstone esports for 6 months, beginning from October 8th, 2019 and extending to April 8th, 2020. Following the 6 months suspension, the players may, at their discretion, continue to participate in Hearthstone esports."
The rules themselves state the following:
"Participants shall treat all individuals watching or participating in a Tespa event with respect. Participants may not take any action or perform any gesture directed at another Participant, Tespa Admin, or any other party or incite others to do the same which is abusive, insulting, mocking, or disruptive. Players may not use obscene gestures or profanity in their account names, player handles, team names, game chat, lobby chat or live interviews. This includes abbreviations and/or obscure references."
These sanctions were applied immediately after the suspension of another player, under the nickname Blitzchung. Although the prize money of $ 10,000 was returned to him and the period of disqualification was reduced from one year to 6 months, many activists and the gaming community continue to put pressure on the American company in connection with the unconstitutional "censorship war."
Blizzard’s president, J. Allen Brack, also said the penalties will continue as the company does not intend to encourage political views during gaming events.
At the moment, the company, in its desire to focus exclusively on the game, may face an outflow of professional gamers from its platforms due to its tough policy against freedom of speech and rallies in Hong Kong, which cannot be ignored. It is worth recalling that activists intend to defend their rights at the upcoming BlizzCon 2019 which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, on November 1.