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Blitzchung banned by Blizzard over political statement

Blitzchung banned by Blizzard after expressing support for Hong Kong protests, sparking outrage and backlash. In addition to being banned, he was also stripped from earnings and disqualified from the current tournament.

Blitzchung banned from Hearthsone Grandmaster

Pro Hearthstone player Blitzchung was banned by Blizzard after he expressed support for the ongoing Hong Kong protests by saying “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our time” (Which can also be translated as “revolution of our age”.

He said this wearing a face mask and goggles, which are items we can see most protesters wearing themselves in order to conceal their identities and/or protect themselves from tear gas, while on an interview that was being streamed.

Blizzard then swoops in citing a violation of their competition rules and not only disqualified Blitzchung but stripped him of any potential winnings and banned him for a year.

Following this incident, Blitzchung went on his Twitch channel and said that he wasn’t surprised by the ban and that he’s “lost only four years, but if Hong Kong loses, it will be for life”, reiterating his support for the ongoing protests. 

On the released statement, Blizzard has expressed that Blitzchung had violated page 12, section 6.1 of the competition rules which reads:
“Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard’s image, will result in removal from Grandmasters…”

Blizzard's statement

Blizzard’s statement in regards to Blitzchung.

Outrage followed this decision and Blizzard has been on the crossheads of most social media platforms and it’s also being the victim of memes that imply that they’d rather bow down to China than lose influence and potential earnings on the Chinese market.

The backlash that followed the ban has been seen also in the form of a mild stock fall and some players deleting their accounts, although some of these have found problems when trying to do so.

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