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Pro-gamer stripped of prize money for supporting Hong Kong protests

Pro-gamer stripped of prize money for supporting Hong Kong protests

Blizzard Entertainment, the California-based company behind Hearthstone, claimed Chung violated official rules during a post-game interview Sunday in which he declared, "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age", while wearing a gas mask.

Blizzard said the ban was for breaking tournament rules that players must not offend people or damage its image.

Blitzchung made the comment on an official Hearthstone broadcast on Twitch, the video streaming platform, after his last game in the 2019 Hearthstone Asia-Pacific Grandmasters Tournament.

Inven Global, a website that covers esports and gaming news, reports that Blitzchung shouted the phrase in Chinese. Blizzard will also not work with the two casters in the video anymore. "My call on stream was just another form of participation of the protest that I wish to grab more attention", Blitzchung said in a statement. For the same reason all of the woke voices in the National Basketball Association have had nothing to say about Hong Kong this week, they are in business with mainland China.

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The rule states that players can not engage in any activity that brings the player into "public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages [the] Blizzard image". Not only that, the developer rescinded the pro player's prize money for Season 2 and barred him from entering official competition for one year. I know what my action on stream means. "But I think it's my duty to say something about the issue".

China is particularly sensitive to calls for political reform and so messages in support of Hong Kong's protesters, in any form, could lead to economic retribution. As a result, the territory has been convulsed by protests in recent months.

With the Hong Kong protests going into their fifth month and a growing concern that China may send in troops to the semi-autonomous city to silence the youthful protest in support of democracy, the issue has become both heightened and more sensitive, especially to businesses fearful of upsetting the Chinese authorities. The protestors are now demanding democratic election of Hong Kong's leaders. I won't dignify most of those comments - a lot of which had a more general anti-Chinese air than a simple objection to the Chinese government - by saying they're all worth listening to. He added that this behavior should not be taken lightly: "China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally". Players will have the opportunity to earn a Rastakhan's Rumble Card Pack or Golden Rare Generous Mummy if they can complete the run under a certain amount of time. Basketball is a constantly growing market in China, and the Rockets are one of the most popular teams ever since Chinese center Yao Ming became an worldwide superstar in the early 2000s. Morey quickly deleted his tweet.


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