To say gamers are furious with Blizzard's decision to temporarily ban Hearthstone pro Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai for calling on the liberation of Hong Kong is an understatement. It's also evident that employees at the company are also unhappy with the news as they have covered up the studio's 'every voice matters' sign.
Hearthstone pro Blitzchung was banned by Blizzard after expressing his support for the Hong Kong protests against the Chinese government during a Grandmasters livestream. This has resulted in a ton of backlash with various people calling Blizzard cowards and vowing to boycott the studio.
While the backlash is easy to understand, it also needs to be understood that employees within the company are not in favour of what has ignited the flack.
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Not everyone at Blizzard agrees with what happened.— Kevin Hovdestad (@lackofrealism) October 8, 2019
Both the "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" values have been covered up by incensed employees this morning. pic.twitter.com/I7nAYUes6Q
Blizzard employees cover 'every voice matters' sign
Blizzard's suspension of Blitzchung has resulted in a lot of backlash that goes well above just gamers. As reported by the Verge, US Senator Ron Wyden has accused the company of willingly humiliating themselves to please the Chinese Communist Party.
Per the Guardian, Blitzchung was expelled after having won a crucial match at the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament in Taipei for having exclaimed "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" in Mandarin. This resulted in him being suspended and having his prize money pulled away, but he has "no regrets" about his actions.
Since the suspension gamers have revolted against Blizzard by threatening to boycott the studio. In a more creative and devastating reaction, they have also made Overwatch character Mei a symbol of Hong Kong resistance in hopes of getting Blizzard products banned in China.
Make Mei the new symbol of Hong Kong's resistance. Or atleast meme it until China bans blizzard products. Share this shit out. pic.twitter.com/jX8RSbnC2f— TraceySketshit (@Casey_Case18) October 9, 2019
In addition to fan revolt, it's also clear that a number of Blizzard employees are unhappy with the company's ban as they have covered the 'every voice matters' sign at the studio's campus in Irvine, California (via Dot eSports). This is a part of the company's eight values enshrined on the ground outside their HQ, and it suggests that employees no longer believe their voices matter.
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As of writing, #BlizzardBoycott is currently trending on Twitter with over 22.9K tweets. The tweets accuse Blizzard of having become the worse gaming company by oppressing free speech.
People: *screams racial slurs and other terrible things on mic*— Larae (@SmolSammichOwO) October 9, 2019
People: *give players death threats and tells people to kys over losing a game*
People: *Express support Hong Kong's protest movement*
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