More Blizzard image problems. Players delete accounts
After Blizzard Entertainment suspended "Hearthstone" for a year, for calling for a revolution in Hong Kong, online players organized a boycott of the American producer. Players cancel "World of Warcraft" subscriptions and delete Battle.net accounts. In turn, one of the characters of "Overwatch" became an icon … of the revolution in Hong Kong.
Let us remind you that Blizzard suspended Chung "blitzchung" Ng Waia, a Hearthstone Grandmasters player for putting on his mask and shouting on the air of the phrase "Let's liberate Hong Kong is a revolution of our time". Taiwanese commentators who seem to have known about the player's plans were also dismissed. The severe punishment did not appeal to other players who express solidarity on the Internet with a player from Hong Kong. Players from the American academic league "Hearthstone" also joined the boycott, who during the broadcast hung a banner with the slogans "Free Hong Kong" and "Blizzard's Boycott."
Blizzard's reaction only added fuel to the fire. From a minor event, blocking the player for expressing views on the air has grown to unprecedented proportions. On Twitter, players started a protest. Under the hashtag #BoycottBlizzard, every few seconds there are new entries whose authors inform about the deletion of their accounts and "World of Warcraft" subscriptions. At the moment it is difficult to say how much an American producer can lose in the whole event.
Blizzard suspended Hearthstone
In turn, one of the fictitious heroines of "Overwatch", the Chinese climatologist Mei, became a symbol of protests in Hong Kong. Reddit users have created an alternative version of the movie from the game, in which Mei is portrayed as a Hong Kong activist, and other characters of "Overwatch" encourage her to take matters into their own hands and stand on the side of the protesters. In this way, the events of the game are intertwined with the real events taking place in 30 million of Hong Kong.
And all this three weeks before this year's BlizzCon, where some players will definitely want to express their opinion. I will not be surprised if during this event there are people dressed as Winnie the Pooh, who is banned behind the Great Wall because of their resemblance to the leader of China, Xi Jinping. Whether a similar fate as the hero of the books of Alexander Milne also awaits the nice Mei from Overwatch and the Chinese authorities will also infect her image, we will see in the coming months. | allthingsblogging.com