Blitzchung: No regrets for speaking up for Hong Kong despite Hearthstone suspension

    
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Blitzchung: No regrets for speaking up for Hong Kong despite Hearthstone suspension

Chung Ng Wai, better known as Blitzchung, took a big risk when he spoke out in support of Hong Kong on an official Hearthstone stream. He wound up with a lengthy suspension that was later shortened, and… well, there was a whole thing about it. You remember.

But a few months past those events, Blitzhung has made it clear that he doesn’t regret what he did and would do the same thing again in an interview on People Make Games.

If I had a chance to go back, I would still do it. Because it’s a must-do thing. I have to do it.

On the subject of Blizzard, Blitzchung doesn’t feel much ill will toward Blizzard, seeing it as somewhat analogous to Hong Kong itself: disappointing, perhaps, but not hate-worthy. He’s more upset about the penalty assessed to the streamers hosting the event than about himself, although having taken the time to visit them both he was surprised to find that one of them was more worried about Blitzchung’s fate. You can check out the whole interview just below.

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Jeromai _

So, is he surname: Chung, first name: Ng Wai, or surname Ng, first name: Wai Chung?

Because I could have sworn it was the latter three months ago before news media all around the world played Telephone with his name. ;)

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Utakata

Blitzchung 1: Blizz 0

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Mewmew

But it’s not really Blizzard we’re against. I think it’s more like:

Blitzchung 1 : China 0

Actually more realistically it’s like:

Hong Kong 2 : China 1,000,000,000

Anyway, if Blizzard didn’t make the stink over it that it did, nobody would have even noticed. It would have just been yet another “Liberate Hong Kong” statement that the world barely takes note of.

The only reason the gaming community stood up and learned about what’s really going on and tried to take a stand is all because of what Blizzard did – which is basically the same thing nearly every big company with ties to China would have done.

Even Hollywood that thinks it is so woke and liberal doesn’t want to stand up to China’s wrongdoings.

To think we’re up against Blizzard here is not the way to think. We’re up against what China is doing and they get almost everybody in the world to whitewash it for them. Blizzard is one small piece.

We should be trying to get movements to help Hong Kong and to go against what China is doing, not boycott Blizzard, but China.

While we certainly shouldn’t praise Blizzard for what they did, the banning is the only reason so many people took notice. If they just let the video go and didn’t do anything, it would have barely had been a blip on the radar of anybody. It would have been a little news blurb on one of the few obscure YouTube news channels that actually criticize and point out what China is doing.

Remember this isn’t really about Blizzard in the end. Should we forget what they did? Absolutely not. This company that tries to market themselves as something more than just another gaming company with a motto that “every voice matters” messed up big time. We shouldn’t forget, but we also shouldn’t forget the real villain and what Blitzchung was actually looking to get heard. It wasn’t about Blizzard.

Blizzard inadvertently helped this become global news. It’s funny in many ways. They certainly don’t deserve praise, but they aren’t really who this is about and actually helped by what they did in the end. Even though it was the wrong choice and they deserve all the spankings and boycotts they get over it, it was the choice we needed at the time!

This is about the Chinese Government and what is happening in Hong Kong (and well, what is happening in China as well, but they’re not supposed to be governing Hong Kong at the moment). Let’s not forget and make it all about Blizzard.

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3dom

UK made a series of awful political decisions during past ~30 years – like giving up HK to CCP and Brexit and covering-up child prostitution gangs for decades (with ~19000 victims). Hopefully, it won’t end up with a post-Brexit civil war to replace the inept system.

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Armsbend

Brexit wasn’t a political decision – it was a democratic decision. Proved twice. I’d probably let it go at this point.

Sometimes you have to give up old territories gained during the period of colonialism – to avoid conflict and because it is the right thing to do.

The US did the same with Panama.

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Utakata

Off topic: Err, not really. The last UK election should never be taken as a referendum on Brexit. There was way too much vote splitting to obscure any metric of that sort. So don’t buy the News Corp line on that. Just saying.

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Arktouros

He’s always been pretty upstanding about the whole scenario start to finish. Even before Blizzard reduced his penalty he was expressing the same thing of no regrets for his decision, concern over the other broadcasters, and people should make up their own minds about Blizzard not trying to push anyone any direction. Pretty class act all around.

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MagmaFist

Pretty class act all around.

Agreed!

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Armsbend

He likely makes more money than he ever did with social media.