Blizzard on Pro-Hong-Kong Player’s Ban: He Can’t Go Unpunished squib
Amid mounting backlash, the video game publisher Activision Blizzard on Friday doubled down on its decision to ban a professional player who used an official company broadcast to express support for Hong Kong protesters.
In a video emailed to employees, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack said the player, Chung Ng Wai, aka “Blitzchung,” must pay the “consequence” for “derailing” the broadcast. But Brack said the company would also reduce Chung’s suspension from the pro Hearthstone league from a year to six months. The company will also return the $10,000 in prize money Chung had previously been stripped of. The two commentators interviewing him were banished along with him, but Brack said their suspension has been reduced to six months. The transcript of Brack’s statement was published soon after the email went out.
In a post-match interview, Chung had worn goggles and a gas mask, common symbols of the protest, and said to the camera “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” Hong Kong residents have protested Chinese incursions into the Hong Kong rule of law daily for months now, and the demonstrations are ongoing.