In news that will come as no surprise to anyone, word has surfaced of an organized protest scheduled for the first day of BlizzCon. Mobilization efforts are being arranged by the non-profit organization Fight for the Future as well as by the organizers of a ProtestBlizzcon subreddit.
Fight for the Future has opened up a dedicated website to help those interested in joining in the protest, along with a Discord and with efforts organized via social media. The protest is set for November 1st outside of the Anaheim Convention Center.
Top heads of Fight for the Future have spoken up against Blizzard’s actions against Hearthstone player Ng “blitzchung” Wai Chung, which were recently walked back to a shorter suspension time for Wai Chung and the two Taiwanese casters caught in the splash damage, as well as a return of Wai Chung’s prize money. “This is not going away,” stated deputy director Evan Greer. “We’re going to make an example out of them to make sure that all companies know that throwing human rights and free expression under the bus to make some extra money will not be tolerated.”
The organization’s work is being helped by a recently opened ProtestBlizzcon subreddit, which is already gaining a large amount of active posts from visitors and subscribers to the sub. Other organizing efforts are being put together there like a GoFundMe page, an encouraging post about how action is starting to have an effect on China, and calls to keep things civil.
According to reporting from Kotaku, ensuring the ProtestBlizzcon subreddit and the protest itself doesn’t devolve into an extremist, harassing, or racist event is important to the mods. “We also don’t want this to become a subreddit of hate against Chinese people,” says Mel “Kazemel89″ Thomspon, one of the sub’s moderators. “So far this subreddit hasn’t become extremist, and I’m glad that most people who have joined support protesting Blizzard in legal and well thought-out plans to gain awareness.”
The Anaheim Convention Center staff are also in the loop and state that they are prepared. “As a major visitor city, we have significant experience hosting high-profile events,” reads an emailed statement from a spokesperson. “The Anaheim Convention Center works closely with event organizers and the Anaheim Police Department to ensure a safe experience for both attendees and those who may want to peacefully express themselves.”
Complete coverage of this Blizzard fiasco:
• Not So Massively: Reflections on Blizzard, one year after the Hong Kong fiasco
• Leaderboard: Four months after the Blitzchung Hong Kong mess, are you still boycotting Blizzard?
• Blitzchung: No regrets for speaking up for Hong Kong despite Hearthstone suspension
• Activision-Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick downplays the role of politics in games
• J. Allen Brack says the Blitzchung incident ‘exposed some immaturity’ in Blizzard
• Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan thinks Blizzard’s Blitzchung punishment was too harsh
• Vague Patch Notes: Ethics, PR stunts, and the BlizzCon apology
• BlizzCon protesters remain unmoved by Blizzard apology as industry groups propose unified esports principles
• Even some Hearthstone devs thought Blizzard overreacted in the Hearthstone fiasco
• Despite BlizzCon apology, Blizzard stands behind ‘Hong Kong liberation’ suspensions
• BlizzCon 2019: Here’s Blizzard’s apology for its Hearthstone esports disaster
• Mitsubishi dropped its Blizzard esports sponsorship following the Hong Kong fiasco
• Lawful Neutral: What’s China really worth to the Western gaming industry?
• US politicians chastise Activision-Blizzard for its handling of the Hong Kong fiasco
• Riot Games expresses ’empathy’ for Blizzard after its Hong Kong fiasco
• Massively Overthinking: Are you boycotting Blizzard?
• Blizzard finally decides to ban the college Hearthstone team that called for a Blizzard boycott too
• WoW Factor: Blizzard’s nonpology and the ethics of boycotting
• Massively OP Podcast Episode 242: And then Blizzard said, ‘Hold my beer’
• Overwatch brings back Halloween today but cancels the Nintendo Switch launch event
• Blizzard solves its ‘one company, two policies’ problem by hiding pro players and canceling an event
• Not So Massively: The Blizzard I loved is dead
• BlizzCon protests begin to officially organize in response to the Hong Kong controversy
• Blizzard finally addresses Hong Kong esports fiasco, reducing bans and reinstating prize money
• League of Legends tells casters and pro players to avoid ‘sensitive issues’ at the World Champs
• Blizzard dev says there’s no internal comms over Hong Kong fiasco: ‘It’s pulling our teams apart at the seams’
• Mark Kern didn’t just quit WoW Classic: He accused his old Firefall studio of Chinese corruption
• Blizzard won’t punish the US college Hearthstone players who protested in support of Blitzchung – so they quit
• Analysts fret over Blizzard’s prospects following wildly unpopular ban of Hong Kong Hearthstone esports star
• Global Chat: The Hearthstone Hong Kongstraversy
• WoW Factor: The shabby ethics of Blizzard’s ‘Hong Kong liberation’ ban
• Players, pros, and politicians join in protest over Blizzard’s censorship of Hong Kong Hearthstone pro
• Blizzard bans Hearthstone esports player and fires casters over pro-Hong Kong protest