People are livid after Blizzard Entertainment suspended Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai for expressing help for Hong Kong throughout an official event broadcast. Gamers are calling for a boycott of Blizzard video games — and now, some are turning Overwatch hero Mei into an emblem of the Hong Kong resistance.
A submit yesterday on the r/HongKong subreddit prompt folks flip Mei, a Chinese Overwatch hero, right into a “pro-democracy symbol” to get “Blizzard’s games banned in China.” (China already censors Winnie the Pooh after the web started associating the character with president Xi Jinping.) The submit has been upvoted greater than 12,00zero occasions, and has greater than 300 feedback, loads of that are photographs of Mei supporting Hong Kong. The motion has unfold outward into Twitter and elsewhere.
Mei from Overwatch says:
“Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” pic.twitter.com/4VraKTrufc
— spooky mommy riz (@PearlteaRizzy) October 9, 2019
— Kaipo (@Kaipo_Rozwolf) October 8, 2019
Players have additionally continued to submit screenshots of themselves uninstalling Blizzard video games and shutting their accounts. The #BoycottBlizzard hashtag stays lively, with new tweets generated almost each second.
On Oct. 8, Blizzard suspended Chung for utilizing his post-game interview on Oct. 6 to help protesters participating in ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Chung has been banned from Hearthstone esports for a yr, and won’t earn the $10,00zero in prize cash he received throughout the season. Two Taiwanese casters who appeared on the published have additionally been fired.
Blizzard said Chung’s statement violate a event rule forbidding gamers from doing something that “brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard’s image.”
Blizzard’s resolution to ban Chung comes after the NBA distanced itself from Houston Rockets common supervisor Daryl Morey, who tweeted (after which deleted) help for the Hong Kong protesters. Media firms in China, together with Tencent (which has a 4.9 p.c stake in Activision Blizzard), mentioned they are going to quickly droop NBA preseason broadcasts following Morey’s tweets.