- As mentioned in a previous post, when professional Hearthstone player, Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai, called for the liberation of Hong Kong on a stream, Blizzard promptly suspended him and took back all the prize money he had received so far.
- These actions were met with vocal protests from fans and Blizzard employees alike.
- Fans have now started creating images of the Overwatch hero Mei supporting the Hong Kong protests.
- People hope that the images will spur on China to ban Overwatch, much like how Winnie the Pooh was blocked after memes spread comparing him to Xi Jinping.
Blizzard banned pro Hearthstone winner for supporting free Hong Kong and took away his prize money. It would be SUCH A SHAME if Mei became a symbol of Hong Kong democracy and got #Overwatch banned in China like Pooh did— Wenqing Yan (@Yuumei_Art) October 9, 2019
#FreeHongKong #MeiWithHongKong #MeiSupportsHongKong pic.twitter.com/yPum1ZTQqH
OK. Close your eyes if you are not ready for this.— SugarFree (@kamuikaoru) October 9, 2019
Here comes my first #Overwatch fan art.
It is good to know that #MeiSupportsHongKong!
1. Hong Kong player Blitz Chung got banned https://t.co/12cT0t6WSY
2. Mei For Hong Kong Campaignhttps://t.co/n6shzPiDoU pic.twitter.com/59aQD7rO9t
Blizzard punished an ESports player that criticized China’s suppression of Hong Kong.— Frankie Hill 🌐👉🏻✋🏻 (@FranksBlueHot) October 10, 2019
Now a group of totally punk Fan-Artists are turning Mei, from Blizzard’s Overwatch, into a symbol of the HK Protests.
This is now my personal brand. #MeiSupportsHongKong#GamersForDemocracy pic.twitter.com/jIHVrzeOjS
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9