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Blizzard Employees Protest Company's Blitzchung Ban

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2019/10/09 00:17:02 (permalink)
https://www.techpowerup.com/259942/blizzard-employees-protest-companys-blitzchung-ban
 
Blizzard employees protested the company's decision to ban Hearthstone player "Blitzchung" from an event for his opinions on the ongoing situation in Hong Kong SAR. Some employees covered up a portion of a floor decal in the company's office that read "Think Globally," and "Every Voice Matters," in protest. Blizzard's MMORPGs are "massively" popular in China, with Chinese Internet giant Tencent holding an equity stake. Some see the move to ban "Blitzchung" as the company "bending the knee" to China by taking a position on the situation in Hong Kong, instead of remaining neutral. The picture of a ruled piece of paper covering up the company floor decal with duct tape was tweeted by former Blizzard employee and eSports industry observer Kevin Hovdestad.
 
Personally I believe this to be a poor decision on the part of Blizzard. 

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    Re: Blizzard Employees Protest Company's Blitzchung Ban 2019/10/09 01:55:39 (permalink)
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    Personally I believe this to be a poor decision on the part of Blizzard. 




    This may be an unpopular opinion here, but let's be clear the player violated the tournament rules to make political comments during a post-game interview. If he had made these comments on his own time I don't think any of this would have happened.
     
    Unfortunately nothing good will come of this, the player and Blizzard both are going to lose badly on this one. Probably one of the reasons the rule existed in the first place. 


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    Re: Blizzard Employees Protest Company's Blitzchung Ban 2019/10/09 06:28:25 (permalink)
    Why is a US company bowing to China censoring. Activision-Blizzard handled it poorly imo. They should of had a disclaimer like this one. The views and opinions expressed within this stream do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the staff and management of Activision-Blizzard.
     
    A year ban and taking away his prize money is too harsh of a punishment. Blitzchung wasn't calling for anyone's death or violence.
     
     

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    Re: Blizzard Employees Protest Company's Blitzchung Ban 2019/10/09 07:19:20 (permalink)
    Poorly thought out decisions on both sides of it........ 

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    Re: Blizzard Employees Protest Company's Blitzchung Ban 2019/10/09 08:07:55 (permalink)
    It was probably a losing battle anyway you look at it. Blizzard games are highly played in China but the country could ban them if they wanted. One head coach of the NBA made comments and all the sudden China won't air any NBA pre-season games. If the NBA isn't immune then you know Blizzard had no viable other option.

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    Re: Blizzard Employees Protest Company's Blitzchung Ban 2019/10/09 16:35:33 (permalink)
    The Day Blizzard Died she was singing by by this American Pie......

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    Re: Blizzard Employees Protest Company's Blitzchung Ban 2019/10/09 17:45:36 (permalink)
    He was let go for polarizing and controversial opinion. I find it funny, because the people who did the ban essentially are in breach of the same thing by casting negative light on the brand.
    post edited by Brad_Hawthorne - 2019/10/09 17:49:21
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