Some Blizzard employees reportedly walked out to protest the punishment of a ‘Hearthstone’ competitor who spoke up in support of the Hong Kong protests (ATVI)


The entrance to the Activision Blizzard Inc. campus is shown in Irvine, California, U.S., August 6, 2019.   REUTERS/Mike Blake

About 30 Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout to protest the company’s punishment of a Hong Kong-based esports competitor who made a political statement during a Blizzard event in Taiwan, according to a report from The Daily Beast.
Blizzard has faced harsh criticism from fans and U.S. lawmakers for its decision to ban “Hearthstone” player Chung Ng Wai, better known as Blitzchung, from competition for one year and withhold the prize money he had earned.
Blitzchung shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” in Chinese amid a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored “Hearthstone” tournament in Taiwan.
Blizzard responded by stripping Blitzchung of his prize money and barring him from “Hearthstone” competitions for one year. Blizzard said Blitzchung’s comments had violated the competition rules by damaging the company’s image.
Critics have accused Blizzard of censoring free speech to appease the Chinese government.
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A group of some 30 Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout to protest the company’s punishment of a Hong Kong-based esports competitor who made a political statement during a Blizzard event in Taiwan, according to a report from Blake Montgomery of The Daily Beast.

A photo shared with The Daily Beast and posted on Imgur showed several employees holding umbrellas — an object that has become symbolic of the protests in Hong Kong.

Umbrella protest at Blizzard

Blizzard did not respond to a request for comment.

Blizzard has faced harsh criticism for its decision to ban “Hearthstone” player Chung Ng Wai, better known as Blitzchung, from competition for one year and withhold the approximately $3,000 of prize money. Blitzchung shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” in Chinese while wearing a gas mask during a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored “Hearthstone” tournament in Taiwan on October 5.

In the blog post announcing Blitzchung’s ban, Blizzard said he had violated the rules of the competition by making statements that were harmful to the company.

Read more: Blizzard is under scrutiny from lawmakers, gamers, and maybe even its own employees after punishing a ‘Hearthstone’ competitor who voiced his support for protesters in Hong Kong

Hours after Blizzard announced Blitzchung’s ban, a former Blizzard employee tweeted that some backlash seemed to be brewing internally: Someone had covered up two of the company’s key values — “Think Globally” and “Every Voice Matters” — enshrined on a statue at the company’s headquarters.

A day later, a group of about 30 …read more


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