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User Info: ImBadAtGames

ImBadAtGames
1 week ago#1
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/08/768245386/blizzard-entertainment-bans-esports-player-after-pro-hong-kong-comments

Blizzard banned a pro Hearthstone player for his pro Hong Kong statements and taken his prize money.

China has denounced anyone in support of the people and are quick to cut ties. A Chinese company has a stake in Blizzard and this is likely why Blizzard has banned the player.

I'm not going to be giving Blizzard another dime until they overturn their decision and quit riding the Activi$ion money dick. I know that Blizzard, as a company, needs money to provide product, but there are lines where they go from money hungry to full on patsy for the villains.
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User Info: quest64freak

quest64freak
1 week ago#2
They wont care. The Chinese market is so lucrative that keeping a good business relation is infinitely more important to Blizzard.

User Info: WoodenRook

WoodenRook
1 week ago#3
Blizzard did the right thing. He did it during an event. He used Blizzard's platform to promote an agenda. It's okay to have your own views on things and it's okay to protest. It's not okay to use the exposure a company gives you for something against the rules during the event.

If he had done it out of the event and they still punished him, then I would be upset.
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User Info: ImBadAtGames

ImBadAtGames
1 week ago#4
I know they won't care. My single sub will mean nothing. It's too bad people will defend Blizzard for their knee jerk reaction to such an important issue.

But you know how it is, Video Games > Real Life for many people out there. Gotta defend that addiction.
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User Info: WoodenRook

WoodenRook
1 week ago#5
ImBadAtGames posted...
I know they won't care. My single sub will mean nothing. It's too bad people will defend Blizzard for their knee jerk reaction to such an important issue.

But you know how it is, Video Games > Real Life for many people out there. Gotta defend that addiction.

I'm no longer playing either dude. What about the rule he knew about and broke? Blizzard has an image right? We agree with that part? The tournament was for Hearthstone. Blizzard was hosting a tournament for a game.

The affected person used that platform he only had because of Blizzard to promote something against Blizzard's image. They made the rule to protect themselves. If they hadn't punished him it would have seemed as an endorsement.

Do I agree with the chinese protestors? Yes. Do I agree with this person? Yes. Do I think Blizzard's platform and exposure should promote it? No.

I don't see how this is a complicated issue. Seems pretty no-brainer to me.
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User Info: n0matter

n0matter
1 week ago#6
You don't give them any dimes anyway, so...
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User Info: Eagleeyejack

Eagleeyejack
1 week ago#7
In a country where we actually had free speech, he could sue, but people decided we didn't need free speech anymore.
Now you can only support the political views of your employer, or they can fire you, and people don't even riot.

(You should be outraged, you should be boycotting, but you don't actually care about free speech until it affects you one day, and it's already too late.)
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User Info: Pirwzwhomper

Pirwzwhomper
1 week ago#8
I unsubbed. I mean yes you can argue all day long that Blizzard are only enforcing their own rule but, Blizzard can already make billions of dollars without enforcing policies that enable oppressive regimes to continue oppressing by punishing those who speak out against the oppression. In effect they made themselves a strong-arm extension of the Chinese government here. It is arguable that Blizzard themselves would be in violation of the same rule because their response also offended a group of the public and tarnished Blizzard's image. It's a deliberately vague rule that is being used to suppress voices that Dear China doesn't agree with.
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User Info: GuitaristMatt

GuitaristMatt
1 week ago#9
What does the players' contract say?
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User Info: WoodenRook

WoodenRook
1 week ago#10
Pirwzwhomper posted...
I unsubbed. I mean yes you can argue all day long that Blizzard are only enforcing their own rule but, Blizzard can already make billions of dollars without enforcing policies that enable oppressive regimes to continue oppressing by punishing those who speak out against the oppression. In effect they made themselves a strong-arm extension of the Chinese government here. It is arguable that Blizzard themselves would be in violation of the same rule because their response also offended a group of the public and tarnished Blizzard's image. It's a deliberately vague rule that is being used to suppress voices that Dear China doesn't agree with.

This is a better point than TC made, but I'd argue it's vague because any political speech either way wasn't needed in that setting. Pretending like this video game company is politically influencing users by enforcing a rule anyone can easily follow is a big stretch.
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