1. Blizzard is 'assessing the situation' after Hong Kong protest ban  Engadget
  2. Overwatch's Mei Is Becoming A Symbol Of The Hong Kong Resistance  Kotaku Australia
  3. Brian Kibler says he will not take part in future Hearthstone Grandmasters streams  PC Gamer
  4. Overwatch hero Mei is becoming a Hong Kong protest symbol  Polygon
  5. Epic says it won't ban players for political speech  Engadget
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Blizzard is considering its options as fans around the globe react to its decision to ban Hearthstone esports player Ng Wai Chung, known professionally as Blitz...Blizzard is considering its options as fans around the globe react to its decision to ban Hearthstone esports player Ng Wai Chung, known professionally as Blitz...

Blizzard is 'assessing the situation' after Hong Kong protest ban

After Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai called for the liberation of Hong Kong, Blizzard suspended the Hearthstone player and withheld any prize money. The decision has been widely criticised. Fans have now started posting images of Overwatch hero Mei supporting the Hong Kong protests as a show of solidarity....After Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai called for the liberation of Hong Kong, Blizzard suspended the Hearthstone player and withheld any prize money. The decision has been widely criticised. Fans have now started posting images of Overwatch hero Mei supporting the Hong Kong protests as a show of solidarity....

Overwatch's Mei Is Becoming A Symbol Of The Hong Kong Resistance | Kotaku Australia

Prominent Hearthstone caster and content creator Brian Kibler has announced that, as a result of Blizzard's "incredibly harsh" punishment of now-former Hearthstone Grandmaster Chung "blitzchung" Ng Wai, he will not take part in Grandmasters livestreams going forward, "unless something changes."Blitzchung fell afoul of Blizzard's rules when he shouted "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" during a recent post-match interview at the Asia Pacific Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament. Blizzard came down on him extremely hard for his gesture, removing him from Grandmasters, rescinding his winnings for season two, and suspending him from all professional Hearthstone competition for a year. It also said that it would no longer work with the two streamers conducting the interview.The backlash over that decision was immediate and furious, and among other things forced a temporary lockdown of the Blizzard subreddit. Kibler's response is more well-considered, but ends up in a similar place."I want to start by saying that I feel what Blitzchung did was very brave. He knew that his actions would likely have serious consequences, not just for his future in Hearthstone but possibly even for his personal safety, and I commend him for the fortitude that takes," he wrote."Even so, I do think that Blizzard was correct in issuing him a penalty for his actions. They do not want to set the precedent for their official broadcasts being used as political tools. The players agreed to particular rules for behavior, and he violated those rules."Kibler said that he makes no secret of his political positions, but that he leaves his views at home when he's working an official Blizzard event. "Maybe I’ll make a subtle snide remark on occasion, but I know that I am representing Blizzard in addition to myself. If I were to close a show with speech about how I feel like Trump should be impeached, I wouldn’t expect to be invited back for future events," he said.But while he believes that some form of punishment was warranted, what Blizzard meted out "seems completely overboard to an extent that feels completely unwarranted and unfair.""I won’t pretend to understand either the intricacies of the geopolitical situation in China and Hong Kong or the full extent of Blizzard’s business interests there, but to me this penalty feels like it is deeply rooted in both. The heavy-handedness of it feels like someone insisted that Blizzard make an example of Blitzchung, not only to discourage others from similar acts in the future but also to appease those upset by the outburst itself," Kibler wrote."That kind of appeasement is simply not something I can in good conscience be associated with. When I learned about the ruling, I reached out to Blizzard and informed them that I no longer feel comfortable casting the Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon. I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly endorses this decision. Unless something changes, I will have no involvement in Grandmasters moving forward."Kibler done some fill-in work on Grandmasters livestreams but hasn't been a regular, so his withdrawal won't be immediately evident to viewers. But his high profile in the community—we described him and Natalie Kiber as "Hearthstone’s ultimate power couple" in 2017—makes his stance noteworthy. Whether that will translate into influence remains to be seen, but it can't be making things any more comfortable at Blizzard HQ right now.Kibler also made a point of acknowledging that not everyone is in a position to do what he's doing, and called on gamers to direct their anger appropriately. "Do not take your anger out on the other casters, or streamers, or employees of Blizzard. This is not the kind of decision that comes from the rank and file," he wrote. "Most likely they’re just as angry as you are. I know I am."The high-profile former Hearthstone pro said Blizzard's punishment of Blitzchung is 'completely overboard.'

Brian Kibler says he will not take part in future Hearthstone Grandmasters streams | PC Gamer

People are turning Overwatch hero Mei into a symbol of resistance after developer Blizzard Entertain suspended Hearthstone player Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng Wai. Chung appeared on a Hearthstone broadcast and called for Hong Kong’s liberation.Overwatch hero Mei is being turned into a symbol of resistance

Overwatch hero Mei is becoming a Hong Kong protest symbol - Polygon

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“Not everyone at Blizzard agrees with what happened. Both the "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" values have been covered up by incensed employees this morning.”

Kevin Hovdestad on Twitter: "Not everyone at Blizzard agrees with what happened. Both the "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" values have been covered up by incensed employees this morning.… https://t.co/gsncVbPnqM"

“Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck. https://t.co/rJBeXUiwYS”

Ron Wyden on Twitter: "Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck. https://t.co/rJBeXUiwYS"

“Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions. China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally. Implications of this will be felt long after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone. https://t.co/Cx3tkWc7r6”

Marco Rubio on Twitter: "Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions. China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally. Implications of this will be felt long after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone.… https://t.co/tQdXRHz3Wv"

“[BREAKING] Hong Kong Hearthstone player @blitzchungHS calls for liberation of his country in post-game interview: https://t.co/3AgQAaPioj @Matthieist #Hearthstone https://t.co/DnaMSEaM4g”

🎃 Inven Global 🎃 on Twitter: "[BREAKING] Hong Kong Hearthstone player @blitzchungHS calls for liberation of his country in post-game interview: https://t.co/3AgQAaPioj @Matthieist #Hearthstone… https://t.co/gMkdJ3eel2"

"I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly endorses this decision.""I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly endorses this decision."

Brian Kibler steps down from casting Hearthstone Grandmasters in wake of Hong Kong controversy | Dot Esports

Brian Kibler announced he’s cutting ties with Activision Blizzard over the company's decision to suspend a pro player for his support of protests in Hong Kong.Brian Kibler announced he’s cutting ties with Activision Blizzard over the company's decision to suspend a pro player for his support of protests in Hong Kong.

Popular 'Hearthstone' Commentator Says He'll No Longer Work With Blizzard - VICE

BlizzCon begins in just a few weeks, and Blizzard is going to have to deal with angry fans in person if it doesn't deal with its Hong Kong blunder.BlizzCon begins in just a few weeks, and Blizzard is going to have to deal with angry fans in person if it doesn't deal with its Hong Kong blunder.

BlizzCon seems like a disaster waiting to happen | VentureBeat | VentureBeat

While Blizzard doesn't seem to have anything else to say, its players, competitors, and even employees have been reacting to the controversy.While Blizzard doesn't seem to have anything else to say, its players, competitors, and even employees have been reacting to the controversy.

Blizzard stays silent on Hong Kong cop-out while the world reacts | VentureBeat

Artists are turning Overwatch's Mei into a protest symbol with a series of skins.Artists are turning Overwatch's Mei into a protest symbol with a series of skins.

Artists turn Overwatch’s Mei into face of Hong Kong protests | Dexerto.com

This situation has riled up plenty of fans into possibly boycotting the company.This situation has riled up plenty of fans into possibly boycotting the company.

Hearthstone caster who was fired over Hong Kong incident says he's also banned from Overwatch | Dot Esports

Hong Kong protesters are coverting Overwatch’s Mei into a freedom icon following Blizzard’s protest censorship.  After Hearthstone pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai was banned and censored for rallying support on an official livestream, many have decided to retort through the internet’s favourite method: memes. After Blizzard’s decision to support the Chinese government’s insane censorship, many have […]

Hong Kong protesters turn Overwatch's Mei into freedom symbol following Blizzard's protest censorship - MSPoweruser

Hong Kong protesters turn Overwatch's Mei into freedom symbol following Blizzard's protest censorship - MSPoweruser

Hearthstone: It was only a matter of time until an influencer within the Hearthstone community would issue a public statement regarding Activision Blizzard's recent decision to ban Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung for using his post-game interview to make a political statement calling for the liberation of Hong Kong amid political unrest out east. The first domino fell Wednesday morning when long-time caster, popular streamer, and community figure, Brian Kibler, shared a statement on his official website. Not one to shy away from speaking his mind or voicing his stances on politics, Kibler did not hold back his feelings as this one hits particularly close to home for him.It was only a matter of time until an influencer within the Hearthstone community would issue a public statement regarding Activision Blizzard's recent decision to ban Ng "blitzchung" Wai Chung for using his post-game interview to make a political statement calling for the liberation of Hong Kong amid political unrest out east. The first domino fell Wednesday morning when long-time caster, popular streamer, and community figure, Brian Kibler, shared a statement on his official website. Not one to shy away from speaking his mind or voicing his stances on politics, Kibler did not hold back his feelings as this one hits particularly close to home for him.

Hearthstone: Brian Kibler steps down from casting BlizzCon amid Blizzard's blitzchung handling - Inven Global

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said Fortnite players won't be punished for commenting on politics and human rights, despite the company's ties to China.Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said Fortnite players won't be punished for commenting on politics and human rights, despite the company's ties to China.

Epic says, unlike Blizzard, it won't ban players for talking politics - Business Insider

After banning a Hearthstone esports player for expressing support for Hong Kong protests, Blizzard is taking criticism from multiple directions.After banning a Hearthstone esports player for expressing support for Hong Kong protests, Blizzard is taking criticism from multiple directions.

Critics Of Hearthstone Pro Ban Now Include Epic, Senator Marco Rubio, And Blizzard's Own Employees - GameSpot

"Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights""Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights"

Epic won't take action against Fortnite players who speak up about Hong Kong | GamesIndustry.biz