Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment has put an end to the latter silence prevent a professional player from the popular virtual card game of Hearthstone to generate support for protests in Hong Kong. In a long story, the company says it will reduce the one-year suspension of player Ng “Blitzchung” Chung Wai for six months and return the prize money held from him.
Blizzard says his initial decision did not affect his relationship with China. “The views expressed by blitzchung were not crucial to our decision. I want to make it clear: our relations in China did not influence our decision,” wrote J. Allen Brack, president. or Blizzard Entertainment.
“We have these rules to keep a close eye on the game and the competition for the benefit of the global audience, and that is the only reason for our actions. If this is a different opinion expressed from the split and honest thought, as if he was ready and working, “he continued.
However, Brack says, after reviewing the situation and listening to the community, “six months for blitzchung is better, after which he can compete again on the sidewalk. Hearthstone pro if he wants to. ” He goes on to say, “There is a limit to the number of talks that can be taken out of the agenda and to prevent or undermine the media.”
According to Brack, the two “French reporters” interviewed Chung Wai have had their sentences reduced, but Blizzard remains adamant about their anger: “For the wheels, remember your goal. let the cause remain. in the competition. That will not happen here, and he will not be suspended for six months. “
Brack says Blizzard will continue to uphold these standards in the future “to ensure that our official announcements continue to focus on the game and that there is no need to separate social views and practices politics. “
To put it simply, it is not the case that protesters have.
Riot Games, the developer of the popular e-sports title PORT OF ONEHUNGA and an appendix of the Chinese gambling game Tencent, the same idea occurred again today , when he joined the debate. Riot says broadcasters should “stop” broadcasting or discussing “extracurricular activities” on air PORT OF ONEHUNGA e-sports events.
“As a general rule, we want our communications to focus on game, sports and players,” John Needham, head of e-sports League of Legends for the World, said in a statement. . “We will be working with volunteers from many different countries and cultures, who believe that this time will come with the responsibility to keep their minds open on serious issues (politics, religion, etc.) separately.”
However Fortnite the creator of Epic Games, while Tencent has also invested, says does not punish players for political rhetoric.
Since the start of the first blockade, Blizzard has focused on players, politicians and critics who have criticized the developer for what he calls his capital against the Chinese government. In an interview after the game, Wai Chung, Hong Kong’s “rescue” said. The change of our time! »Blizzard hosts a number of e-sports events and operates a variety of live multiplayer games across the country. Therefore, for Blizzard, the ban could be interpreted as a threat to the Chinese government, which was involved in a terrorist attack on the Hong Kong SAR protest, which he has strongly pressured foreign companies to ignore. the company’s political foundations and stand to express opinion.
The company said at the time that Chung Wai was simply violating the rules of its competition. “While we have the right to express our opinions and our own opinions, players and other participants who choose to participate in our competitive games must adhere to the official rules of the game,” he says. Blizzard said in a statement. The law in question prevents players from doing everything that is “brought in.” [ellos] public reading, irritating a section or group of the population, or breaking it [Blizzard] Next article.
Despite Blizzard’s efforts to make a claim, it does not preclude the light of respect for the sovereign to speak and publish politics. It was there too in the midst of a heated debate between the NBA and China, angered Houston Rockets CEO Daryl Morey, who supported Hong Kong protesters. Eventually the NBA was over by Morey, and the Rockets’ league and the relationship with the country deteriorated – its huge overseas market and a well-known source of broadcasting, sponsorship and sponsorship. .
Blizzard, who has not commented on his move to appease the Chinese government beyond his initial statement, has turned his attention to the public. Employees have star off many feet, Actors have taken the company and Blizzard’s popular games as such PORT OF ONEHUNGA, and rules criticize his actions to oppose American values and to uphold authoritarianism, to suppress authoritarianism.
This hurts. But until Blizzard reverses its decision @blitzchungHS I stopped playing WoW Classics, which helped me work and helped me trust Blizzard to update again. There is no Mark of Kern guild, and it ends.
Let me explain why I am #BoycottBlizzard
– Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
It is unclear where Blizzard’s latest statement, or downsizing for revival, is to win over most critics. Brack is really trying to finger a perfect line when he writes, “One of our goals at Blizzard is to ensure that all players, everywhere in the world, regardless of political affiliation, religious beliefs , race, gender, or any other idea, you are good every time you compete and play our games. »
It is also interesting to see Brack support Blizzard’s values, including “All languages spoken,” when such a situation is really running high before the Chinese government for publish political actions and criticisms.
“All Language Issues, and strongly encourage all members of our community to express their views in as many opportunities as possible to express their views,” Brack wrote. “However, the broadcast officer should be in charge of the competition and it should be a welcome place for everyone. To support this, there is a need to keep broad lanes on the game. “
Right now, the language is pretty much from China, though it won’t be formally spoken until Blizzard gets to work.