Their fears proved understandable, given Blizzard's response.
When the New York Times approached Blizzard for comment, they were told that "Mr. Chung had run afoul of a rule barring players from any act that "brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages" the company's image".
Zamora announced that he's stepping away in protest of Blizzard's decision to ban player Blitzchung for his pro-Hong Kong statement.
Several lawmakers, including Sen.
"While we stand by one's factual to speak particular person ideas and opinions, avid gamers and completely different contributors that elect to participate in our esports competitions must abide by the legitimate opponents ideas".
Despite his absence from competitive Hearthstone esports in recent years, the TSM star is still extremely popular among the community and called for Blizzard to reconsider their penalty on Blitzchung and the casters. "I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly endorses this decision", Kibler said. Lastly, during the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Fall 2019 broadcast from Tuesday night, three students from the University in Washington, D.C. held up a sign which read "Free Hong Kong Boycott Blizz".
"I have seen many descriptions of the situation claim that Blizzard took action against Blitzchung "for his support of the Hong Kong protests", but that's not an entirely accurate description". Finding videos of what's going on in Hong Kong is easy and I suggest everyone do so.
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.
"The punishment meted out to Blitzchung is incredibly harsh", stated Kibler on Wednesday.
He also did not waver when Tencent's involvement with his company was brought up: "Epic is a USA company and I'm the controlling shareholder". According to The Daily Beast, the employees gathered around a statue of an orc at the entrance, where plaques etched with slogans from Overwatch, such as "Every Voice Matters" and "Think Globally", were papered over by workers who felt the sentiments conflicted with Blizzard's decision to ban Chung. "Without change that would convince me that Blizzard will uphold their core value 'Every Voice Matters, ' I can not continue casting the game".
The original Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong began in 2014, when protesters took to the streets calling for universal suffrage. The report says the number of Blizzard walkout participants fluctuated between a dozen to 30. An Epic Games spokesperson echoed that sentiment, telling The Verge, "Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights".