Blizzard won’t punish the US college Hearthstone players who protested in support of Blitzchung – so they quit

Plus another Hearthstone Grandmasters commentator resigned

    
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On Wednesday, we reported that a Hearthstone collegiate team from American University in Washington, D.C., had staged a brief protest in support of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong pro player banned last weekend. Now it appears Blizzard won’t be doing anything about it.

The players had waited until the end of their match to hold up a “FREE HONG KONG / BOYCOTT BLIZZ” sign that was broadcast for a few seconds before the stream director cut away. The protest was clearly intended in support of pro Hearthstone esports player Ng “blitzchung” Wai Chung, whom Blizzard banned along with two Taiwanese commentators earlier this week over a similar pro-Hong Kong outburst during a post-match interview in Taiwan. Blizzard also clawed back $10K in tournament winnings from Ng.

According to Rod Breslau, the esports journalist who’d originally broken that news, Blizzard isn’t going to do anything about the American University team’s stunt, which if you think about it was exactly the point the students were trying to make – that the rules are being arbitrarily and politically enforced and Blizzard’s position was untenable.

So the whole team quit the season, just like that.

“Blizzard/TeSPA has decided not to penalize American University for holding up their sign and has scheduled their next match, but AU has decided to forfeit the match and the season, saying it is hypocritical for Blizzard to punish blitzchung but not them.” He then added, “Blizzard taking one L after another.”

Here was original stream during which the protest took place.

Our full coverage of Blizzard’s fiasco is here:

Source: Twitter
Update 10:20 AM EDT
And now a second prominent Hearthstone caster has rebuked Blizzard, announcing he’s pulling out of Hearthstone casting for the rest of the Grandmasters season. “Blitzchung’s actions to support Hong Kong speak to me far more than I could have imagined,” Nathan “Admirable” Zamora says. “It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in, and to make sacrifices in the process. His actions are inspiring to me, and I support him wholeheartedly.”

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Anthony Clark

Everyone should just stop playing Hearthstone.

That would get their attention.

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PurpleCopper

So… they wouldn’t have quit if Blizzard punished them?

Alyn
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Alyn

Every voice matters and Blizzard’s heart has turned to stone.

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kgptzac

It feels a bit strange to proclaim a “love for drama”, but then I guess quitting a job for political differences with the employer would make some sense.

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Mick the Barbarian

Hang on a sec. The tried to get banned by Blizzard, presumably so they could cause more drama, but when Blizzard didn’t ban them, they quit? I’m 100% sympathetic to Blitzchung, but these guys sound like they desperately trying to get their own “15 minutes of fame”.

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rafael12104

At this point, I don’t think Blizzcon knows what to do. Heh. And it is not over yet and they know it.

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KABALYERO

So, blizzard took away 10k USD from the HK player and suspended him for a year but did nothing to the US players who did the same thing?

Blizzard Racists confirmed… 👌

Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

I guess people are showing their protests against Hong Kong hater Acti-Blizz by voting with their wallets and their feet.

Grimalkin
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Grimalkin

Kudos

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NeoWolf

Hitting Blizzard in the wallet is the single most effective way players have of making them pay attention. Good for them.