- Publisher Blizzard voiced its support for the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States.
- Gamers and critics have pointed to the perceived hypocrisy of the publisher’s stance after last year’s blitzchung controversy.
- The debacle saw Blizzard ban Hearthstone pro blitzchung after he expressed support for the Hong Kong protests live on air.
Gaming publisher Blizzard had to have known that their show of support for the George Floyd protests wasn’t going to go over well. But they did it anyway, and boy did gamers let them have it.
Blizzard has a checkered past when it comes to politically-charged controversies, and critics were quick to label the company’s support for Black Lives Matter an exercise in hypocrisy.
The Blitzchung Controversy Rears Its Head
This all dates back to September 2019, when Blizzard hit the headlines over the controversial ban of Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung, a professional Hearthstone player.
During a live-streamed interview at the 2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters, blitzchung – clad in the Hong Kong protest movement’s symbolic face mask – voiced his support for the public demonstrations against laws permitting the extradition of citizens to mainland China.
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