Blizzard employees stage walkout over Hearthstone pro-player ban

Blizzard employees stage walkout over Hearthstone pro-player ban

The company claimed that the gamer had violated Hearthstone Grandmasters' official competition rules, which prohibits participants in engaging in acts that will bring them into public disrepute, offend the public, or damage Blizzard's image.

CBC reached out to Blizzard Entertainment for comment but did not hear back.

"While we stand by one's right to express individual thoughts and opinions, players and other participants that elect to participate in our esports competitions must abide by the official competition rules". In a subsequent tweet, Kern also acknowledges Blizzard's position, saying the studio is "in a hard situation".

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Blizzard demanded Dallas Fuel assistant coach Justin "Jayne" Conroy delete a tweet in which he supported Hong Kong's protest.

Chinese social-media reaction to the news was rather more condemnatory of Chung's actions than Western observers, with some users commending Blizzard for acting decisively on the issue. "Revolution of our age!" in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong protesting against the local government and police.

Blizzard said in a statement that the player had violated the game's rules, which state players can not offend "a portion or group of the public".

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These actions led to a massive uproar from fans, calling their efforts against the player unfair and corporately interested, as well as an activity that gives into the interests of China, who has been suppressing the ongoing riots and resistance efforts in Hong Kong for over 17 weeks now. Which presumably refers to mainland China. The ongoing protests have already garnered global attention, with the territory's increasingly complex relationship with China's communist government as a core issue. Jayne is an assistant coach for the Dallas Fuel, one of the 20 franchises in Blizzard's Overwatch League. The Sydney Morning Herald has been reported to have been victimized by the public, with the help of players unable to log into Unchained for a few hours.

"Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights", a spokesperson told The Verge.

One day after Brian Kibler announced that he is stepping down from casting the Grandmasters' finals at BlizzCon next month, Admirable is doing the same.

Despite this, the overwhelming majority have taken against Blizzard's ruling and are fighting the company in various ways.

That kind of appeasement is simply not something I can in good conscience be associated with. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen.

Facing considerable pushback from its customers, though, Blizzard may be regretting its decision.

Wyden tweeted: "Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to the Chinese Communist Party". China supplied 12% of the 7.5 billion dollars Activision-Blizzard made past year.

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