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Blitzchung is a professional esports player of the online collectible card game Hearthstone, who hails from Hong Kong. He has played in multiple tournaments and according to the Hearthstone esports player profile , he is currently ranked seventh in the Hearthstone Grandmasters for the Asia-Pacific region in the second season of Why did Blizzard punish Blitzchung?
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On Oct. During an interview with two streamers, Blitzchung put on a ski mask and gas mask, similar to ones worn by Hong Kong protesters to protect themselves from tear gas and banned by the government earlier this month.
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It could cause me lot of trouble, even my personal safety in real life. Blizzard punished Blitzchung by taking away any prize money he won in the Grandmasters second season and banned him from playing in Hearthstone esports professionally for a year.
How have other gamers responded?
They blasted the decision, and proudly aligned themselves with Hong Kong protesters. In the past week, the subreddit has been flooded with posts calling out Blizzard, which have received hundreds of thousands of upvotes.
Players of Overwatch, an online multiplayer shooter, have taken to using the ice-gun wielding character Mei as a symbol of protest against the Chinese government and Blizzard.
The idea took hold with parts of the internet and has inspired a great deal of fan art, all in the service of shaming Blizzard. How have Blizzard employees responded?
Later that day, a post on Reddit from someone who claimed to be a Blizzard employee showed a picture of the apparent protest, with employees holding umbrellas, which are a continued symbol of Hong Kong protests. How have the video games industry and politicians responded?
The tweet put the cause of the cancellation squarely on Blizzard. Both Sens.
Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio tweeted their repudiation of censuring the Hearthstone player. How did Blizzard reduce the punishment?
After days of silence as the outrage grew louder, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack responded to the criticism with a blog post on Oct. When we think about the suspension, six months for blitzchung is more appropriate, after which time he can compete in the Hearthstone pro circuit again if he so chooses.