The Daily Grind: Will BlizzCon weaken gamers’ #BoycottBlizzard resolve?

    
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Two forces are destined to collide at this coming weekend’s BlizzCon: the force of fan fury over Blizzard’s recent actions and the force of strong reveals and game hype. With the #BoycottBlizzard movement still active weeks after the Hong Kong controversy, many eyes will be fixed on BlizzCon to see if players can forgive and forget… or if not even the allure of new games will get them to come back.

What do you think? With the rumored reveals of Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, and World of Warcraft’s next expansion heading our way, will the boycott line be broken and all protests dulled to a faint mutter? Or is Blizzard still in for a reckoning of community ire?

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Zola_Rose
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Zola_Rose

I think they handled it well, and I didn’t expect them to open the convention by addressing their fuck up.

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TherecDaMage .

It will unless they add some stupid loot boxes to Diablo 4 or something else to enrage the fans.

Also, I’ve come to realize that if Blizzard had been smarter and just done what Riot did, said “you can’t speak about Hong Kong on our streams” beforehand, and then made sure Blitzchung never was shown live in the first place, none of this would have been an issue.

latorn
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latorn

I really hope not.

Regardless of what they announce, unless it’s true support for their “Every Voice Matters” motto, my resolve will not crumble. At this point they’d have to openly support HK for me to reopen my wallet. But seeing as they’re openly fine with being China’s bootlicker, that’s something I extremely doubt they’ll do.

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Aiun Tanks

I hope it won’t.
I expect it will.

Because we live in the worst timeline.

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Sorenthaz

Possibly. Really just depends on the announcements.

Like if the rumor of Diablo 4 being a looter shooter to cover for Destiny is actually true, I imagine that’s going to be the nail in the coffin for a lot of folks after Diablo Immortal’s announcement. Diablo 2 remastered is what a lot of folks would be happy with at this point.

WoW’s going to get its next big expansion announced and it seems like they need to break the glass on the Lich King button. Probably will bring back Arthas if that’s the case and basically give him the Illidan-in-Legion treatment.

Overwatch 2 could bring folks back to that if it’s really going to be a PvE focus with levels/talents and such.

Hearthstone kind of seems to be doing its thing so it’s whatever at this point. Those who still care might still care, those who don’t, won’t.

HotS is basically kind of just bleeding out slowly. Not much will revive it unless they push some big updates or whatever and try to encourage people to come back into it.

WC3 Reforged will bring folks in, but it’s a one-time purchase so they can’t really bank too much on that other than hoping the custom map community will be revived so they can get ideas off of the popular ones.

WoW Classic is unlikely going to get more people into it than it’s already got. Phase 2 announcement won’t do that much to bring people in/back. TBC announcement would be too early.

Starcraft seems to basically be dead in the water right now, especially since they tried to do another attempt at a shooter and it’s been shuttered once again. Maybe it’ll get some more basic DLCs for 2 but that’s about it.

Also I think another big part is what the message at the opening ceremony will be. If they try to gloss over the drama or ignore it outright, that’s going to piss people off. They basically need to go all-in to win their audience back at this point.

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Oleg Chebeneev

It is already weakened on Massively. They dont even need Blizzcon for this trend to die out eventually

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Bruno Brito

It is already weakened on Massively.

Except that the outrage was contained on Massively to some specific posters. Some of them Me, Uta, Sarah and some of the Massively staff.

It’s not that it’s dying on us. It’s that most of us are waiting for Blizzcon to see what is Blizzard’s true answer.

Just because we’re not foaming at the mouth, doesn’t mean the anger isn’t there.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Pretty sure you’ll be disappointed since they wont speak anything about that on BLizzcon. They’ll have plenty of more interesting things to tell about.

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Bruno Brito

Uh, why do you think Blizzard has to kick the ball on that? It just takes one “April’s Fool” joke.

They’ll have plenty of more interesting things to tell about.

Ah yeah, the second coming of the Lich King, after the Banshee Queen, after the second coming of the Betrayer with the third coming of Green Jesus, after the second coming of Garrosh Hellscream.

Really interesting. We might even get a WoW mobile!

rafael12104
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rafael12104

Welcome to the Shit Show! Heh.

So, individuals can have integrity. I know several folks here at MOP who will not pull back on the boycott. In fact, they have already unsubbed and removed Blizz from their gaming options. I admire these people.

Groups don’t have integrity. It is a mob mentality. Gamers as a group are the most fair-weathered fans you can possibly imagine. And their anger can turn to praise and praise to anger on the turn of a dime.

So let’s be honest. IF Blizz has a good show, and D4 is everything gamers dreamed and Overwatch 2 PvE surpasses all expectations, and there is not even a hint of mobile talk, and D2 remastered is announced and as a surprise available for Christmas this year for FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEN gamers will forget all the transgressions, claim Blizz was lost but has come back, and walk away in bliss.

But, Blizz can’t get out of their own way recently. And while some of what I describe might happen, it is also very possible that Blizz will inadvertently insult the faithful with a new pay to win strategy in D4 and the return of the Real Money Auction House.

It’s a Shit Show. A Shit Show Circus even.

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Danny Smith

The trouble is the ‘IF’s there involve things unrelated to the shitshow. Sure Blizzard can reveal Diablo 4 but this is 2019 actiblizzion. Thats a confirmation a videogame sequel exists, but having the blizzard name in no way indicates quality and thats an entirely separate issue.

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Godnaz

Funny when the”It’s not my problem, I don’t follow politics crowd latches to ignorance because they are given the freedoms the very politics they take for granted allow them to do so.

Maybe if they are told by the U.S. government they can’t have children, must work for minimal wage regardless of skill level if they don’t goto Europe to attend University, cant afford and offered no life saving or preventive medical, everything they aborb from TV, radio and internet is sensored pro government brainwash and if they speak against it they will be killed, can’t vote for law changes and no one really cares about them outside of their family/friends because everyone else is in the same situation. Then they would care.

We as consumers, cannot peacefully change world order for the benefit of humanity without doing it where we have power. Consumerism is one of those powers. The free world is not really free, don’t fool yourself into thinking the problems others face now are not coming for you. I won’t support companies who support governments of oppression.

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styopa

You think Blizzard is responsible for the one child policy?

It’s a pretty huge step to say that Blizzard – for saying “we said no politics at this show and are going to actually enforce it” – is “supporting” China.

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Randy Savage

Taylor Swift is performing at the Alibaba Gala in China and anyone who tries to criticize her for it is immediately swarmed by her fans. I don’t think Blizz commands the same blind loyalty now that most of their fans are no longer in their tweens, but all it takes is one typically awesome trailer from Blizz to dramatically alter the course of the conversation. And Blizz is counting on this.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Just to be clear, since I’ve seen this a lot: The Blizzard boycott isn’t actually about Doing Business With Or In China. It was a response to Blizzard’s actively punishing Hong Kong dissidents “for China’s national honor” as Blizz put it. Now, I’m not really a TayTay fan, but I don’t think she’s ever fired/fined staff over speaking up against political oppression or for home rule, has she?

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Utakata

…I think more of her offenses have been due to being mildly clueless on some subjects from what I understand. To which boycotting would be over doing it when simply educating the individual in the hopes something will stick. A great talent though. :)

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Randy Savage

But in order for Western companies to do business in China, they have to appease the Communist government. There is no getting around it.

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Utakata

I think we to a degree get that already, lol.

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Randy Savage

Apparently not because Bree seems to posit a choice between doing business in China and supporting their government. To do business in China is to support their government.

Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South Sea, Tibet, and the Muslim internment camps.. not to mention the countless human rights violations Communist China has perpetuated since Mao killed more people than Stalin and Hitler combined have largely been ignored in the face of capitalist globalist expansion…

Let’s get that China money! Who cares about human rights as long as we get that money?! Am I rite?

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Randy. You started out by trolling with a strawman (implying the boycott is about business not censorship). When called on it, you flipped and remarkably your apathy has turned to outrage, which is a weird take since you just spent several weeks telling us how much you don’t care and we shouldn’t care. The entanglement of the government and the commerce of China, just as entanglement of the commerce and the welfare of the people of China, is not remotely this simple. And now you’re just straight up trolling with a Godwin, good grief.

If anyone’s curious, we’ve already written at length about the actual state of western gaming industry prospects in China.

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Robert Mann

Moderate each way. Some will remain firm, others will just want their games.

As for me, I’ve been removed from Blizz’s games for a far longer time, and it is unlikely they are bringing out the method of drawing me back in. It isn’t like apologies are their strong suit, or so it seems…