Earlier this week, 3 collegiate Hearthstone players on the American University group held up a sign that study “Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz” through a stream broadcasted on Blizzard’s official Hearthstone Twitch channel. They anticipated a suspension equivalent to the one particular that, the day just before, place pro player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai on the sidelines for a year. That punishment under no circumstances came, but the players will not be competing.
The 3 players— Casey Chambers, Corwin Dark, and a third player who just goes by his on the web deal with, TJammer,—held up the sign on Wednesday, following Hearthstone developer Blizzard suspending Blitzchung for generating a statement in help of protesters in Hong Kong. Just after the incident, Blizzard and tournament organizing companion Tespa booked American University into their subsequent scheduled match, sans any sort of punitive measures. Currently, the 3 players mentioned they’re going to forfeit the match and cease participating in tournaments.
“We really feel it is hypocritical for Blizzard to punish Blitzchung but not us,” the players told USgamer. “The response from Blizzard shows that as quickly as the messaging is out of the view of China, they do not care about ‘political’ messaging.”
Throughout the now-infamous Hearthstone Asia-Pacific Grandmasters stream that kicked off this week’s Blizzard controversy, Blitzchung wore a mask and mentioned “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!” In response, Blizzard suspended him for a year and place a hold on his prize income. The American University players purposefully echoed his message in a show of solidarity, but so far, Blizzard appears to be treating it like enterprise as usual.
These players join a host of pros, commentators, and fans in protesting Blizzard’s selection generating. Blizzard, meanwhile, has now backed itself into an not possible corner. If it suspended the American University players, fans would’ve inevitably been even additional furious than they currently are. But in its silence, Blizzard has made an clear double standard—one that is just as well egregious for some players to abide by.