Blizzard pulls prize money and suspends Hearthstone player Blitzchung for Hong Kong support

  • Hearthstone is a popular online competitive card game created by Blizzard and hosts Hearthstone tournaments every year (other Blizzard games include Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft)

  • One of Hearthstone's star players is Chung Ng Wai, otherwise known as "Blitzchung". During a recent post-match interview with the Hearthstone casters, while wearing a gas mask, shouted "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!"

  • Blizzard in response to this decided to remove Blitzchung from the Hearthstone grandmaster tournament, ban him from competing for a whole year, and pull all of the prize money he has earned.

  • On top of that Blizzard has also fired the two casters that were interviewing Blitzchung.

  • In spite of all of this Blitzchung does not regret anything he said "I know what my action on stream means. It could cause me lot of trouble, even my personal safety in real life. But I think it's my duty to say something about the issue."

  • There has been massive backlash from social media to even some Blizzard employees since Blitzchung's ban with two of Blizzard's core values "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" being covered up on the statue in front of their campus.

  • Another competitive card game: Gods Unchained, released a statement siding with Blitzchung paying his lost winnings and inviting him to their $500k tournament.

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