Blizzard dev says there’s no internal comms over Hong Kong fiasco: ‘It’s pulling our teams apart at the seams’

    
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So what WILL you take?

Blizzard has yet to publicly respond to the widespread outrage over its decision to ban professional Hearthstone player Blitzchung following his statement of support for protests occurring in Hong Kong. This is already well-known (and let’s face it, if a public statement had been made, you’d have seen it here immediately). But there’s good news: According to an anonymous employee speaking with Vice, the company has also failed to respond to the outrage internally!

Looking back, I started that sentence with “but there’s good news” when the news was anything but good. My bad.

The anonymous employee states that not only have employees been regularly gathering at the wolf statue (which also hosts the covered-up signs claiming “Every Voice Matters”) but that no leadership has given any direction about how to respond, and in fact there has no communication from the top at all:

The internal silence is deafening. Besides two brief “I’m listening” emails from our president, we’ve heard nothing of substance. No one is helping us process what this means for us as a company, as individuals, or is identifying a path forward. No one has been told what to say or do in the aftermath of a legal yet insupportable decision.

At the time of this writing, a video is supposed to be released today addressing the issue, but has not yet been made available internally or elsewhere. It remains a matter of speculation whether this is due to legal teams examining their options or simply a confused mess even at the upper levels of management, but the lack of communication makes it impossible to be sure regardless.

If you’re still catching up on the developments on this self-inflicted terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for Blizzard, our roundup is just below.

Source: Vice
Update 15:55 PM EDT
Eurogamer reports that the use of Mei as a symbol of resistance to Blizzard has now been elevated, as protesters in Hong Kong themselves are now using Mei printouts on the streets. Mei is a popular Overwatch character depicted as being from Xi’an in mainland China; her slogan, “Our world is worth fighting for,” just couldn’t be more appropriate.

Lady’s And Gentlemen, Mei Is Now A Physical Icon from HongKong

Update 7:50 PM EDT
Mhm.

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Anthony Clark

Blizzard is a spinless joke

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Julian Page

The irony of all of this is that if Blizzard had just ignored the original protest it would have sparked a relatively small amount of attention and then faded away. The scale of the reaction just fed into the groundswell of anti Acti-Blizzard sentiment out there (that hardly needs stoking) and created an awkward state of affairs right before Blizzard’s PR event of the year. I’d hate to work for Blizzards corporate affairs department… anytime really, but particularly now, because there’s no way to put this genie back in the bottle.
Also worth noting that the day after Blizzards initial decision to ban Blitzchung, Activision made an application to the Chinese government to allow them to distribute Call of Duty Mobile on Chinese phones.

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muazie (Muasie)

Yeah there is something to be said about just shutting the F up. It could have saved blizzard from this massive debacle

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Wrecktangle

Why is this still a thing? Can we be logical here. The Chinese will never bow to outside protests. In a week this will have been forgotten.

It’s like when I was in high school and they brought counselors in because a kid committed suicide on the other part of the state and everyone was acting devestated.

It is super odd to me that there is so much outrage over this when it doesn’t affect 99.9 percent of the people’s daily lives on this website, Blizzard players in the west.

Everyone is overrreacting cause it’s the cool thing to do currently

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Bryan Correll

The Chinese will never bow to outside protests.

I don’t have any expectation of the Pooh-led government paying attention to Westerners angry about this. Blizzard is an entirely different matter.

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Bruno Brito

Everyone is overrreacting cause it’s the cool thing to do currently

Yeah. How dare we actually feel empathy for people bleeding for the freedom we have and they don’t.

Aren’t we overreacting?

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Wrecktangle

Yes you are lol. Empathy is one thing. This show that everyone is putting on is quite frankly going to do nothing and is hilarious.

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Bruno Brito

This show that everyone is putting on is quite frankly going to do nothing and is hilarious.

“Life is shit, so let’s all accept that. Fuck people getting killed overseas, doesn’t bother me.”

What a wonderful logic to live by. Just because you don’t have standards, doesn’t mean we don’t.

And if that’s hilarious to you, i honestly recommend you get help. You’re clearly detached and lack empathy.

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Wrecktangle

My good sir. I suggest you get help if you are going to throw a temper tantrum whenever someone’s life gets hard. Clearly depression will be a mainstay in your life.

Also please get rid of the phone or keyboard you are typing on. You are supporting China!

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Nathan Aldana

somehow why do i get the feeling you;re the sort who wears a trilby, calls it a fedora, and thinks “Mlaaaaady” is being polite when you leer at people.

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Adam Russell

Apparently Blizzard has backed down, so yes it has done something.

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Nathan Aldana

Its odder to me that you think it has to affect our lives to be important. There is such a thing ass caring about the suffering of other people instead of being a self-absorbed glob of apathy.

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Wrecktangle

Then go to Hong Kong and do something about it. Don’t be a keyboard commando and post screenshots of you deleting your blizzard account when you know damn well that 92% of them are either fake or are going to buy a new account when it’s done.

It’s not Blizzards job to police freedom it’s there job to make money. Unfortunately Blizzard got the raw end of the stick but don’t fool yourself into thinking that everytime you go to the store you aren’t supporting thousands of other companies that would do the same thing in Blizzards shoes.

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Bryan Correll

Secretly recorded video of Blizz bosses discussing the situation:

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Mewmew

So Blizzard is trying the whole Ostrich thing. Bury their heads in the sand and just hope it goes away.

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muazie (Muasie)

Funny enough that it’s a valid tactic now a days. In a week people will have moved on to someone else because that’s how the outrage mob works. Is it shitty what’s going on in China? Of course it is but on the bright side maybe just maybe the idiots that think they are”oppressed” in the US will see what real oppression and authoritarianism looks like and shut up……. Naw I wouldn’t hold my breath for that last part

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I’m shocked they’re not at the very least attempting to communicate with their own employees. It is never a good sign when the folks in charge freeze out their staff.

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Alyn

Here’s a little dedication going out to that mega billionaire, Bobby Kotick! Here’s lookin’ at ya big fella-

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TherecDaMage .

I will say that my favorite thing out of all this is Mei becoming a symbol of the Hong Kong protestors thanks to Reddit. A middle finger to Blizzard while at the same time helping spread awareness of the protestors’ plight.

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rafael12104

Man… they better jump in front of this before Blizzcon and maybe even during it. The last thing they need is a protest during the keynote.

LOL! I”ll be tuning in this year no matter what.

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