This news story is an update to previous story featured on Appy Pie News.
Earlier this week, Blizzard banned professional Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung from participating in tournaments for a year after he yelled a pro-Hong Kong slogan during a post-game interview. Blitzchung said, “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!” while his mouth was covered by a mask like what the protesters wear themselves.
The decision received some major backlash by people including many US senators. Now, Blizzard’s own employees have come in support of the Hong-Kong protestors and as many as 30 of the employees staged a walkout. The employees met at a giant statue depicting an Orc Warrior outside of the Activision Blizzard offices in California.
Someone claiming to be an employee of Blizzard posted this image to the subreddit r/Hearthsone. The post received praise from the reddit community calling the decision, “brave” and “respected”. #BoycottBlizzard was also trending on Twitter. Many people also boycotted the company by deactivating their Blizzard accounts. With Blizzard’s annual event, Blizzcon, happening next month, there could be some protests at the event.
In response to Blizzard’s actions, another video game company, Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, said it would support the speech rights of its players and refuse to ban them for their political beliefs. A company spokesperson said, “Epic supports everyone’s right to express their views on politics and human rights.”