In a week where China has been a popular topic in the news, Activision Blizzard banned professional Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai after he spoke out in support of the protests in Hong Kong during a live interview with two casters seen in the video below. He speaks in Mandarin that translates to “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our time!” in English. Blizzard suspended Blitzchung for a full year and stripped him of all prize money earned so far.
It did not take long for this news to spread on social media. Rod “Slasher” Breslau (included in my blogroll) broke the news to the twitterverse, which included a statement from Blizzard citing their terms and conditions.
As the news spread, and people began to outpour the support for Blitzchung and the backlash against Blizzard as the hashtag #BoycottBlizzard became the #1 trending topic worldwide on twitter. In addition to the backlash on the internet, people are still showing support for Blitzchung in real life as well. Popular Hearthstone caster Brian Kibler quit his role in protest of Blizzard’s ban. Blizzard employees also staged a walkout at the offices in protest.
Even Fox News brought the story up in their programming. Slasher (mentioned before) was actually interviewed on “The Daily Briefing” with Dana Perino to discuss the topic more.
One thing that the community are doing in order to protest Blizzard is deleting their account with the company. However, they have been noticing that Blizzard changed their requirements in order to delete your account by asking users to submit a photo ID in order to initiate the deletion. Users took to Twitter to expose the company of this.
Blizzard stock is also in a rapid decline.
This story will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so be sure to check back on the blog for the updated information. One thing is for sure, Blizzard is on the verge of running out of the gaming world if they do not do something about their decision. It will only continue to get worse from here for them.