- Oct 27, 2017
Lot of people in the gaming threads keep spouting off "5% Blizzard, 40% Epic" as if Blizzard's actions are primarily due to Tencent laying pressure and Blizzard wanting to appease them. As if Blizzard doesn't have its own independent reasons to preserve its hold of the Chinese market, regardless of what Tencent has to say. If anything it's far more offensive because it effectively tries to absolve Blizzard of responsibility and culpability in favor of ragging on Tencent as this "man behind the curtain" puppet master.I think you misunderstood when you quoted me... and the thing is, you got banned for your comment--because you ironically displayed the xenophobic behavior I was pointing out.
A lot of the discourse around this is effectively prefaced with "I'm not racist, buuuuut". EGS/Tencent threads are full of this. Tencent is a massive conglomerate. Their gaming division has nothing to do with their WeChat or other subsidiaries. Avoiding Tencent-invested games because you want to protest WeChat is like avoiding Boeing passenger jets because they also manufacture weapons of war. If that's the battle you want to choose, that's up to you--but at least educate yourself first.
Aside from that, Tencent's rather small 5% stake in Blizzard doesn't give them much power. I can all but guarantee you that what Blizzard does in China is done at the behest of Blizzard alone. Hell, Tencent doesn't even operate Blizzard games in China--NetEase does, and if any Chinese entity were to exert influence on Blizzard in China, it'd be them, and in an advisory role. I say this with confidence because I have extensive experience working with Tencent, both directly and indirectly.
People who rag on Tencent in these threads without even a basic understanding of the above facts operate on heuristic fear of Chinese companies. That's xenophobia.
That's not to say Tencent is completely innocent or absolved of this or whatever other tech involvements/influences it has, but the way people quickly and smoothly blame Tencent in a simple breath is in itself part of the concern.