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Gaming Giant Blizzard Gets Frosty Response to Hong Kong Gamer Ban

Gaming Giant Blizzard Gets Frosty Response to Hong Kong Gamer Ban

The reason Kibler is turning down the Grandmasters finals is his belief that Blitzchung's punishment is "deeply rooted" in the political situation between Hong Kong and China and Blizzard's interest in the region.

Since making its official announcement banning Blitzchung, Blizzard have remained silent on the matter, refusing to add any further comment to the statement it has made and with negative news coverage in the likes of Bloomberg and the New York Times, it is certain to be a worrying time for the company ahead of their crucial BlizzCon event.

Some of Blizzard's staff staged their own protest this week in the form of a walkout, according to Daily Beast.

Zamora said in a statement that he is stepping down over Blizzard's treatment of former Grandmaster Chung "blitzchung" Ng Wai, who was stripped of his Grandmaster status, all winnings from this season, and suspended from competition for a year earlier this week over his call to "liberate Hong Kong" from China. On the Blizzard campus in California, where the company is based, there is a statue surrounded by the company's "core values" inscribed on metal plates on the ground.

Since this happened a few days ago, there has been a vocal and global backlash against Blizzard - with many people voicing concern or withdrawing support for Blizzard games as consumers.

'The action Blizzard took against the player was pretty appalling but not surprising, ' one anonymous employee said.

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The response to that choice has been resoundingly damning, however, prompting additional protests on official Blizzard streams, Blizzard staff to take part in disgruntled protests due to feeling that company values have been betrayed, the company's subreddit to become so toxic that it was locked down, and even a harsh statement from US Senator Ron Wyden.

'I'm disappointed, ' another anonymous employee said. Another employee echoed those sentiments, stating, "We want people all over the world to play our games, but no action like this can be made with political neutrality".

One poster wrote, "It would be such a shame if Mei from Overwatch became a pro-democracy symbol and got Blizzard's games banned in China".

"Recognize what's happening here". Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally.

Rubio also reacted via Twitter, saying that "China [is] is going to be a global marketplace. after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck".

Now some players, who have been unable to wipe their accounts, are threatening to tell their banks to block the company from deducting payments.


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