Epic Games Dunks on Blizzard, Says It Supports Free Speech

Brian Kibler will not be casting the Hearthstone Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon

Brian Kibler will not be casting the Hearthstone Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon

"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".

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. There are several images and memes of Mei showing support for Hong Kong protesters.

Blizzard did not respond to a request for comment.

In the wake of Blitzchung's ban, social media sites dedicated to Blizzard's games have exploded with outrage over the perception that, due to the publisher's stake in the Chinese video games market, it has chose to prioritize profits over free speech. Blitzchung shouted "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age" in Chinese while wearing a gas mask during a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored "Hearthstone" tournament in Taiwan on October 5.

Blizzard has remained relatively mum on the matter since announcing Chung's punishment, but in a matter of days this situation has exploded in a full-blown crisis for Blizzard. Blizzard say Blitzchung violated the competition rule against "engaging in any act that, in Blizzard's sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image".

The group of disgruntled employees held their protest in the centre of Blizzard's main campus plaza, clearly visible by the company's executive officers.

"The action Blizzard took against the player was pretty appalling but not surprising", one Blizzard employee told The Daily Beast. Protesters held up umbrellas, which have been adopted as a symbol for "Free Hong Kong" protests that are now ongoing. The ongoing protests have already garnered worldwide attention, with the territory's increasingly complex relationship with China's communist government as a core issue. He explained, "I could understand a fine, or even a short suspension from competitive play, but removal from Grandmasters, clawing back the prizes he already earned, and banning him for a full year seems completely overboard to an extent that feels completely unwarranted and unfair".

Blizzard's response has also garnered attention from United States. lawmakers, including Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have condemned Blizzard's decision.

Reactions to Blizzard's decision online has been vocal and overwhelmingly negative.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said: "Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party".

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