On October 18th, following weeks of generalized unrest against Blizzard, five members of the US congress, across the hall, had issued a formal petition to Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick to un-ban professional Hearthstone player Blitzchung and reinstate his prize money.
Although the Congress Members are a bit outdated, given how Blizzard’s president J. Allen Brack had already issued a statement shortening Blitzchung’s ban to six months instead of the original one year and also reinstated his prize money.
Still, this petition comes to show just how impactful Blizzard’s decision was. In the letter, the Congress Members state: “This decision is particularly concerning in light of the Chinese government’s growing appetite for pressuring American Businesses to help stifle free speech” following the line of many of the critics that have spoken against Blizzard in this matter.
The letter is signed by Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio as well as Congress Members Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Mike Gallagher, and Tom Malinowski.
If you don’t know yet what happened with Blizzard that’s caused of all these events, or if you’re still in the dark about exactly what events have been unfolding, we prepared an Everything You Need to Know about the situation so that you can get up to speed.