Blizzard suspended a ‘Hearthstone’ player for pro-Hong Kong protest

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Video game maker Blizzard suspended Blitzchung, an esports competitor, after he made a pro-Hong Kong appeal during a livestreamed interview.

A Hong Kong-based esports athlete has been suspended from competition for speaking out in favor of protests against Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city.

And the game maker’s actions have caught the attention of U.S. lawmakers.

Ng Wai Chung, who uses the nickname “Blitzchung,” when playing the game “Hearthstone,” donned a gas mask and declared, “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!” during a streamed post-match video interview.

“As you know there are serious protests in my country now. My call on stream was just another form of participation of the protest that I wish to grab more attention,” he told esports site Inven Global on Sunday after the interview. The player lists his hometown as Hong Kong on the Hearthstone site.

Activision Blizzard, which publishes the game and runs international competitions including the Asia-Pacific Grandmasters that Blitzchung was participating in, subsequently banned the player for one year saying he had broken the organization’s rules.

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