Hearthstone Asia-Pacific ruling for GrandMasters

by Gints Grigulis

Blizzard is caving to China, as 80% of Hearthstone players are Chinese

Last Sunday, Hong Kong Hearthstone player “blitzchung” Wai Chung caused quite the emotions. Blitzchung appeared on the official Hearthstone Taiwan stream after his Grandmasters match wearing a gas mask, before shouting “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” in protest against China’s actions in the Hong Kong protests 2019

Blizzard, the company behind both the game Hearthstone and the competition, said in a statement that Blitzchung had broken a rule. The rule in question involved “engaging” in an act that “in Blizzard’s sole discretion” brings into “public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public or otherwise damages” Blizzard’s image. 

Blizzard, clearly aware of the political repercussions in the Chinese market for such a statement, have determined that Blitzchung violated a competition rule, as they 80% of Hearthstone players are Chinese, and supporting movement Liberate Hong Kong would cause them ban from China government, like recently TV show South park received.

Blizzard has released a statement about the incident, and will punish Blitzchung’s action:

  • No prize money for Grandmasters Season 2
  • Removed from the league
  • Ban for one year.

Blizzard states: Throughout the Asia-Pacific Grandmasters broadcast on the weekend there Was a contest rule violation during a post-match interview, between Blitzchung and two casters, which resulted in the elimination of the match VOD replay.

Basically this is the end of pro gamer carrier for Blitzchung. How can we support blitzchung and protests on Hong Kong?

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