It's of course incredibly hard to quickly and succinctly sum up the intricacies of the the conflict, but it's important to have a broader understanding of it before diving into Blizzard's place in it all.
According to the IGN translation, the Blizzard account run by Netease said, "Also, we will protect [or safeguard] our national dignity [or honor]".
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.
In an interview with the Verge, an Epic Games spokesperson said "Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights".
Blizzard employees also rose up against company's decision.
The inciting incident took place on October 6. It can maybe well reason me lot of grief, even my non-public safety in staunch life.
Blizzard, the publisher of "Hearthstone", issued a statement hours after the event, reminding that players must follow the competition's official rules. "I'm not [regretful] of what I said".
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"On its Hearthstone board, a redditor Hinz97 said in a post", I play [Hearthstone] everyday, I climbed to Legend several times. "I'm just expressing myself and why should I be afraid of this kind of "white terror"?"
In addition to a Hearthstone Reddit feed being awash with fans angry at Blizzard's decision and stating that they are going to boycott a number of Blizzard games, fans have also been using art to demonstrate their feelings.
"The resulting fallout has seen prominent Hearthstone streamers quit, the suspension of the Blizzard subreddit, as well as an online movement that saw "#BoycottBlizzard" trending with more than 21,000 mentions. Players have posted images of them uninstalling or canceling subscriptions to hugely popular (and profitable) Blizzard games like World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo and Overwatch. One of the most outspoken names is Mark Kern, who served as team lead for the launch of "World of Warcraft" in 2004. "I am calling on Blizzard to stand up for what is right", he wrote. "However, we believe that the risk we face is nominal compared to what people in Hong Kong have to deal with". The broadcast cut away shortly after the sign was displayed.
Prominent Hearthstone caster and analyst Brian Kibler will not be casting the Hearthstone Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon.
A proposal by Hong Kong to permit extraditions from the semiautonomous territory to China sparked the protests, which stem from a danger that Beijing's leaders would watch to systematically fetch apart the freedoms promised to Hong Kong when the feeble British colony returned to Chinese opt watch over in 1997. CNN Business has reached out to Blizzard for comment. The league struggled with its initial response to blowback from Chinese companies and its domestic basketball league. The statue features Blizzard's core values, of which "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" were covered over.
Over the last four months, millions of people in Hong Kong have marched to demand sovereignty from mainland China and protest increasingly poor socioeconomic conditions. The report says the number of Blizzard walkout participants fluctuated between a dozen to 30.