May 18, 2021
Hong Kong Protests mishandled by Blizzard

Hong Kong Protests mishandled by Blizzard; the company both acknowledges it and apologizes

The pro- democracy protests in Hong Kong have been getting a lot of supporters among whom some supporters were esports players, who were eventually suspended by Blizzard Entertainment for their stand. In a Hearthstone post- game interview when liberation of Hong Kong was called upon by ‘Blitzchung’ an esport player; it pushed the publiser0 develop to aim other players.

However; the in the latest BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard openly acknowledged that it had made a mistake and in the ceremony itself apologized for the same. This stand was taken by the President of Blizzard, J. Allen Brack himself, who expressed his regret in the presence of all the gamers attending the ceremony and those who were watching the live- stream of the same.

J. Allen Brack was quoted saying, “Blizzard had the opportunity to bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone esports moment a month ago, and we did not.” He also admitted that they took a hasty decision and worse of all also lagged in communication.

The President went further into addressing all the aspects, in which the company failed, including its purpose and meeting the high standards it had set. What lacked in it all was any disclosure of Blitzchung’s punishment or remedies that could be offered to him. The prize money however was granted to Blitzchung while a six- month suspension will be served by other players who were involved. In simple words, the company has apologized and would not like to discuss any further about the matter, instead it would like to move on from it as soon as possible. However; the protesters are not fine with the company’s decision as they still need the company to elaborate on why it suspended the esports players to begin with. The most apparent reason speculated is that the company succumbed to the pressure and impact the Chinese government can have over it.

Gaurang Taylor

Gaurang Taylor has held a wide variety of positions at recognized hedge funds and financial services corporations in the United States and abroad. Following his M.A. in Economics graduation from University Of Michigan College in 1992, Gaurang gained his experience in the finance industry with a role as Credit Analyst for Manufacturers Chevron Corporation. More than a year later, Gaurang accepted an opportunity to enter the Information Technology Training Program at Morgan Stanley, after which he became a Financial Analyst for the firm. Mail me :

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