The gaming community does not intend to forgive Blizzard
On November 1st, BlizzCon2019 was launched in Anaheim, the annual festival of the American company Blizzard. Blizzard CEO J. Allen Brack decided to open the event with an apology for censoring players who supported the protests in Hong Kong, but this did not tame the airdour of dozens of protesters.
“Blizzard had the opportunity to bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone esports moment a month ago, and we did not. We moved too quickly in our decision-making, and to make matters worse we were too slow to talk to all of you. When I think about what I'm most unhappy about it was two things - first, we didn't live up to the high standards we set ourselves and the second, we failed in our purpose,” Brack told the audience.
As previously reported, the company’s management was extremely tough with their e-sports players for their political views and deprived several of them of awards and disqualified from the competition.
But a close-knit gaming society decided to boycott the upcoming event, defending its own political convictions and the right to freedom of speech.
More than fifty people dressed in characters from popular video games and in the costumes of Winnie the Pooh, banned in China, gathered at the entrance. Many demanded an apology for the terrible behavior of the company’s management and claiming that they had betrayed their fans and the entire community.
According to official information, the exhibition will last two days, and activists intend all this time to serve as a reminder of the consequences of rash decisions.