For those who don't know, Blizzard banned a pro Hearthstone player by the name of Blitzchung for protesting China's extradition treaty with Hong Kong. Blizzard did this at the behest of the Chinese government, who directly control the entertainment market in China, which makes up a large portion of Blizzards own market space. It was a shockingly cowardly move on Blizzard's part, complying with an authoritarian regime, despite being based in a country founded with free speech as one of its inalienable rights.
@Proactive Citizenry , also, the Extradition treaty in question didn't pass, but if it had, it would've allowed the Chinese government to extradite Hong Kong citizens to mainland China for trial. Considering China's track record with being fair and just, you can see how problematic that would be. Blitzchung's protest may seem redundant, but he and many other's are trying to ensure that the bill is never brought back again, which is a very likely thing.
@Proactive Citizenry , not really shocking, millions of dollars
@HSA, shocking or not, it's a disgusting suppression of Free Speech. Blizzard was completely in the wrong for this and I hope they feel the sting of this for years to come
@Proactive Citizenry , they didn't just ban him and take his reward away either. They also fired both the announcers that had no connection to the statement. So those two lost their jobs because they were present... Really sad how Blizzard is run by cowards. I just hit 60 in classic as well. Feels like I should quit the game even though I really want to raid with the boys.
@Proactive Citizenry , he got banned from tournaments for 1 year.
Between 1 person and all the sale from china. Its really what business man would do.
@Mr I Am Pooping, please do if you can, the biggest voice we have these days it where we spend our money. Hit them where it hurts, in the wallet.
@Proactive Citizenry , isn't political statements not allowed tho, given that there giving these people there platform to just play a game, if I was a business I would 100% ban politics, I mean look at the sh1t it stirs lol, the guy who greedily uses blizzard platform forced the company to lose a fck ton of money or just ban him.
@RomeoStealYoGurl, unless what you say qualifies as hate speech, you may say whatever you like. You also seem to be missing the forest for the trees. An American company gave in to the demands of a foreign government and did punished a person who was well within their rights, while also living in a country that holds free speech as law. Blizzard didn't even try to negotiate, which they do all the time with the Chinese, they merely complied. Currently, Blizzard is catching flack from its fans, as well as two US senators.
@Proactive Citizenry , the hearthstone player knew he was not allowed to use the interview to speak out on a political agenda but he and the two casters went with it anyways. He broke the rule he agreed to and got punished. Nothing more and nothing less. Don’t care if this gets downvoted for whatever reason, been sifting through literally hundreds of posts about this on WoWs forums trying to find threads actually related to the game and I just do not care about this anymore and I get on funny pics and yet here it is as well
@Proactive Citizenry , truly a disgusting act. thx for letting me know.
@Proactive Citizenry , but the ban happened before the Chinese government even said anything, there not scared of them, there scared of losing literally millions because some kid broke simple rules. And free speech has nothing to do with it, it's there platform, and it's not like he went to prison, he simply got banned. Which is the full right of a company to protect there interests. It doesn't matter what the particular politics is, it wasn't the time and place. Blizzard would've done the same for any controversial political opinion.
@nemestrinus , where did you hear that about the casters? All I heard about them was that they tried to stay out of the interview, but still got fired anyway
@Proactive Citizenry , the point is, blizzard didn't ban him because they care more for China then Hong Kong like people make it out to be. It wasn't the specific politics, it was the fact that there was politics at all.
@Proactive Citizenry , it’s china oppression is kinda what they do
They’re. They are
Their. It belongs to them
There. A place
@big freedom, I mean I'm primarily french so good on ya m8, got me good
@RomeoStealYoGurl, and you have no idea what you are talking about. See the NBA recent controversy. China will absolutely not allow anything to come into their country that speaks even slightly ill of the Chinese government.
One tweet from an NBA general manager “I stand with Hong Kong” and everything that has anything at all to do with that team has disappeared from their market.
@RomeoStealYoGurl, il est difficile de comprendre parce que tu utilise 1 mot qui a trois significations différentes
@Mr I Am Pooping, even one of the WoW Team Leads has canceled his subscription and removed everything Blizzard from his computer.....
It kinda bums me out cause I've always looked at Blizzard as being arguably the best gaming company
@big freedom, like the point is going over your head by miles here, who cares about china? There is no proof that the reason that they banned the guy was for the particular politic view itself (which is what people are accusing blizzard of doing), and in actuality they simply banned a player for using there platform to tell out politics which is clearly against the rules?
Give me proof that there heavily bias, that they don't care when your pro china, and only ban hammer when your against.
If not, nothing they did was wrong, and actually the lonly ogical thing any person with a monstrous company with thousands of workers and investors would do when so much of there money is on the line. It's literally illegal to throw away your company when you have investors.
@big freedom, and Google translate is a dope thing, nice french
@RomeoStealYoGurl, I studied French for 4 years. Had to use translate just to make sure since it’s been so long.
Who cares about China? Really? I don’t need to show you proof. If your response contains “who cares about China” then you’re obviously not paying attention, so what’s the point in trying to convince you?
@big freedom, in general terms, obviously China's a problem, but in this situation it is not related given all that blizzard did was punish a player for breaking there rules. No outside source needs mentioning unless, again, there's proof they only care to punish anti china politics, and ignore pro china politics. I don't know why it has to be so complex for you.
@RomeoStealYoGurl, complex for me? Wut?
It’s extremely simple for me. Say something anti-Chinese or pro Hong Kong and you’re banned from China. Idgaf about the game or the company. I’m very much pro liberty. If you censor your players, employees, etc. because you need to suck on the rest of China, I’ll call you out for it.
@Mr I Am Pooping, what server? Horde or ally?
Also I am pooping
@Murphlins, hello fellow meme pooper. I'm ally on Kirtonos.
Fűck the Chinese Government, and fűck their Winnie the Pooh President
@ptitty1231, and fûck the NBA for cow towing to those fûckîng àssholes
@big freedom, #FreeHongKong
@ptitty1231, it’s so brave and stunning of the NBA to protest North Carolina or Donald Trump when there is absolutely zero repercussions. But when someone has a very mild tweet about the Chinese... silence comrade, we cannot upset them!
Blizzard just had a big employee walk out.
@CrazyRightWinger, I cant wait for Blizzcon, I'd bet my left nut that their stream is going to be continually cut with the amount of people asking about Hong Kong
Hey, isn't Zenyatta suppose to like the Dalai Lama and of Nepal descent??
Better than what they were doing with here before.
I unsubbed from wow
@DarthPlaugeistheWise, you are today’s hero, that is all it takes. Fair play to you and well done.
With the new looong wait times who even plays over watch anymore.
@x2 6x 9 lol, I quit because of the new 2+2+2.
I could rant about all terrible things it brings but I'll give you the short version...
I don't like that they decided to force us to play the way they want. The players have no choice now. Fúck Blizzard.
@TheFunniestPics, right. Sometimes you need to switch it up depending on areas of maps. Fûck em’.
I’m hope they fail
I don't understand. If they like blizzard why are they trying to ban it?
@Paschdaddy, because they don't like Blizzard after recent events
@Paschdaddy, because they want blizzard to realize the mistake and get them banned from China anyway. 12% of their revenue is from china, but they pissed off the other 88%.... Well maybe not the the entire other part of their revenue, but thought it would be a good description of the situation.