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Blizzard apologised for its handling of the ‘Hearthstone’ Hong Kong controversy — but won’t lift its ban on the pro gamer who spoke out in support of the protests

BlizzardEntertainment’s president, J. Allen Brack, said over the weekend that he would “accept accountability” for a controversy involving a professional gamer who supported the protests in Hong Kong. Last month, Blizzard’s parent company, Activision Blizzard, received a letter from a bipartisan group of US lawmakers accusing Blizzard of censoring the […]
Blizzard apologised for its handling of the ‘Hearthstone’ Hong Kong controversy — but won’t lift its ban on the pro gamer who spoke out in support of the protests
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Blizzard broke its silence to say China didn’t influence its decision to ban a professional gamer from Hong Kong, but fans aren’t buying it

BlizzardEntertainment President J. Allen Brack said the company’s relationships in China were not a factor in the decision to punish Blitzchung, a professional gamer who spoke out in support of the Hong Kong protests during a Blizzard-sponsored event. Fans accused Blizzard of attempting to censor Blitzchung to protect its business […]
Blizzard broke its silence to say China didn’t influence its decision to ban a professional gamer from Hong Kong, but fans aren’t buying it
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Blizzard says its ‘relationships in China had no influence on our decision’ to punish an esports athlete who voiced his support for Hong Kong protestors

BlizzardCEO J. Allen Brack has issued the company’s first public statement since its decision to ban an esports competitor and withhold his prize money for making statements supporting the protests in Hong Kong at a Blizzard-sponsored event. The company has been accused of prioritising its relationships with China rather than […]
Blizzard says its ‘relationships in China had no influence on our decision’ to punish an esports athlete who voiced his support for Hong Kong protestors