And interestingly, this ban was imposed on Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Waia by Blizzard representatives – and therefore, as it seems, people completely distant from the problems of Hong Kong. None of this – Blizzard is very concerned about being in Asia, where Hearthstone is an extremely popular game. The Grandmasters tournament is one of the biggest player holidays centered around this game and Blizzard is taking a lot of money out of it. Chinese players are one of the more dedicated customers to the brand. So Blizzard prefers not to piss off the Chinese government and not expose to the sharp reaction from Beijing. Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai is one of the more recognizable professional players.
To make matters worse, all wins to date in Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai's Gransmasters tournament have been frozen and will not be able to compete in any official competitions for another year, reports Eurogamer.pl citing Kotaku.
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During the conversation with the tournament leaders, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai appeared in a mask symbolizing the struggle for freedom in Hong Kong by saying slogans of support for demonstrators. On the other hand, Blizzard adopted an extremely interesting attitude, which decided to impose a penalty on this player. Rules have been invoked that prohibit participation in activities that are associated with poor reputation, insulting anyone or adversely affecting Blizzard's image. It turns out that the fight for freedom has a negative effect on Blizzard's image, he he. Bravo. The lecturers who "let" Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai also got this speech – the contract with them was broken.
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Blizzard did not make any decisions on his behalf
The truth is, pressure has been placed on the side of dignitaries who threatened to cut Blizzard off the spring. And Blizzard will not bend over one freedom fighter when there are millions to be won. The cash register is much more important. I'm not mad at this: this is a normal business approach that has to earn. What are the protesters, what are those arrested, what the torture and Chinese people's democracy.
Blizzard faced a difficult choice and chose … wrong. But if he did otherwise, he would also face some difficulties. Imagine that Blizzard is on the side of Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Waia: Beijing would not give this to the Grandmasters organizer and the next year such an event would not take place. It is very easy.
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