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Blizzard has removed Hong Kong Hearthstone player blitzchung from Hearthstone Grand Masters and rescinded all his prize money

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mbpm

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Oct 25, 2017
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In terms of the overall Hong Kong pr situation it looks like China is trying to de escalate on the nba part of this week


Doubt anything will happen with blizzard but still interesting
 

Buckle

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Oct 27, 2017
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o boy the comments


This years' Blizzcon might turn out quite interesting to watch.
Hopefully the crowds there will make the reaction to the Diablo mobile game seem like a pleasant memory.
 

MCD

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Oct 27, 2017
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I think Blizzard is counting on big news like OW2, new heroes/events/updates/crossplay to make this go away and pretend nothing happened at all.

And if that fails they can always blame it on some higher up guy and use him as scapegoat.
 

Claven

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I'm genuinely shocked that Blizzard has not offered any additional PR statements. Just...fuck it.
They painted themselves into a corner. They either say "ok we let money make us forget about our core values, fuck China" (which they won't), or they double down and make it worse. They basically don't have any move that doesn't cause a fuckton of damage right now. It's glorious.
 

TatteredHat

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Oct 26, 2017
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Every day that goes by just cements Blizzard further as being massive cowards, I would say that they have permanently damaged their 'inclusive' reputation. It is going to be brought up with every new announcement they make in the future.

This is a fuckup of massive proportions.
 

Mekanos

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Oct 17, 2018
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o boy the comments


This years' Blizzcon might turn out quite interesting to watch.

Tweets like this piss me off.

1. The assumption that nobody had any idea what was going on in Hong Kong before this.
2. This is why he made his statement. He wanted to raise awareness. It succeeded.
 

Magnus

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Oct 25, 2017
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Huh. That's something. They're choosing not to punish someone that did exactly what Blitzchung did? Could it possibly be a preamble to a reversal of the original decision? Like how could that double standard stand?
 

steviejd1

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Nov 8, 2017
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Huh. That's something. They're choosing not to punish someone that did exactly what Blitzchung did? Could it possibly be a preamble to a reversal of the original decision? Like how could that double standard stand?
It was done during an American broadcast, Blitzchung did what he did during an Asian broadcast. I assume that is the main difference.
 

Moebius

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Every day that goes by just cements Blizzard further as being massive cowards, I would say that they have permanently damaged their 'inclusive' reputation. It is going to be brought up with every new announcement they make in the future.

This is a fuckup of massive proportions.
If you think Blizzard cares about anything more than money, you are kidding yourself. Especially being part of Activision. I knew things were going to get rocky when the merger was announced.
 

Nacho

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Oct 25, 2017
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Tweets like this piss me off.

1. The assumption that nobody had any idea what was going on in Hong Kong before this.
2. This is why he made his statement. He wanted to raise awareness. It succeeded.
For real... It's the dual assumption that there's no point to doing anything like this and then 'calling people out' for not being aware before it happened...

Some people really have trouble connecting easy dots.
 

Coyote Starrk

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o boy the comments


This years' Blizzcon might turn out quite interesting to watch.
 

Rhaknar

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Oct 26, 2017
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like Hobbes says ultimately Blizzard China or Blizzard Irvine, its still Blizzard, they knew what they were getting into when they signed whatever agreements for the China branch to be able to do this. That being said, I can just imagine like, J. Allen Brack waking up the morning after it happened and going "wait what happened?" lol >_<
 

eathdemon

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Oct 27, 2017
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like Hobbes says ultimately Blizzard China or Blizzard Irvine, its still Blizzard, they knew what they were getting into when they signed whatever agreements for the China branch to be able to do this. That being said, I can just imagine like, J. Allen Brack waking up the morning after it happened and going "wait what happened?" lol >_<
I tend too belive what jasson is reporting on this. it was a overeaction that they cant back down from. simply put they overeacted b/c they thought the ccp, might come knocking, but if they back down now, they will come knocking.
 

Mekanos

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Oct 17, 2018
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I'm gonna try to visit the Irvine office tomorrow and see if the "every voice matters" sign is still covered up.
 

Veelk

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Oct 25, 2017
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BTW, this is one hell of a streisand effect too, isn't it?

Had blizzard just left it alone or even just penalized the player in a normal way for injecting their political stance onto their venue, then blitzchung's words would be fairly inconsequential.

Instead, no, idiots had to 'defend the pride of china' and take away his prize money and double down and now this is shaping up to be the biggest controversy of the year, literally a month before their biggest advertising event of the year.

Great job, assholes.
 
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