League of Legends maker Riot Games has publicly addressed issues that commentators had been told to not say ‘Hong Kong’ throughout broadcasts.
Fans of the smash hit MOBA had noticed that shoutcasters have been not saying the complete name of group Hong Kong Attitude, abbreviating it to HKA. At one particular point – as captured by Reddit – a commentator even corrects himself to applying initials midway via saying the team’s complete name.
Taking to Twitter, the game’s comms lead Ryan Rigney (pictured) mentioned that there is practically nothing to be concerned about and that commentators often switch amongst a team’s complete name and initials.
“We want to right some confusion that we are seeing with regards to our coverage of Hong Kong Attitude,” Rigney wrote.
“As you can see from our official League of Legends Twitter account, we refer to their group interchangeably by each their complete name and their tricode abbreviation HKA, as we routinely do with all the teams in our ecosystem.”
He continued: “To make this as explicit as doable, we are not telling any one to stay away from saying ‘Hong Kong.’ We’d just rather the group be referred to by its complete name. There’s been some confusion internally about this as properly and we’re functioning to right it. We really should have improved prepped our casters and we’re reiterating this policy to them these days.
“One particular far more private note on this: I consider every person is quite sensitive to this problem proper now provided the events of the final week. We really should have improved prepped our casters and we’re reiterating this policy to them these days.”
This follows games firm Blizzard banning a pro-Hearthstone player from taking component in competitive events and refusing them their prize income soon after he named for Hong Kong’s liberation from China. This has triggered a wave of protests in the neighborhood, with Blizzard employees conducting a walkout to show their displeasure with the company’s stance.
The truth that Riot Games is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent will most likely have stoked fears of the League of Legends maker wanting to toe the official line when it came to Hong Kong. Tencent also holds a smaller stake of about 5 per cent in Activision Blizzard.
This statement from Riot would make it look that the Chinese firm is not policing the businesses it is involved with. Fortnite maker Epic Games – about 40 per cent of which is owned by Tencent – has also mentioned that its players are no cost to express their political views and opinions on human rights.