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Hong Kong Blizzard Scandal Shakes the Esports Scene

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In the wake of Blizzard taking the side of China and engaging in mass banning and censorship on various platforms, Riot Games has taken notice and implemented a preemptive approach.


It seems that Blizzard’s PR people never heard of the Streisand effect.

To recap:

  1. Blizzard banned a prominent Hearthstone player for supporting Hong Kong protestors.
  2. Tens of thousands of people across the board called for a boycott and deletion of Battle.net accounts.
  3. It was revealed that Blizzard is a unique company that requires government ID verification for account deletion.
  4. A massive trolling campaign ensued and intensified. The company responded with banning and censorship on every social media platform.
  5. Blizzard is currently facing a PR nightmare for supporting an authoritarian government for the sake of corporate dollars.

For sure, it is a tough spot for Blizzard to be in. In a world dominated by globalism, the boundaries are blurred like never before.

The company is partly owned by Tencent, a gigantic Chinese company. Everyone doing business in China knows that the government is tightly linked to any business venture.

Other companies are watching closely how horribly Blizzard botched things up. Still, everyone knows it is not a good idea to eliminate yourself from the massive Chinese market.

As a result, new Esports guidelines are being formed.

Effectively, John Needham is firmly embracing the world of globalism. He reminds us that the only way such a world can function is if people stop talking about important things and focus on gaming.

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Image courtesy of Blizzard.

This is nothing new and unexpected. In a world of global corporations and diverse political agendas and cultures, the only way forward for corporations is to encourage people to not talk about things.

What do you think of the current situation and banning in esports? Let us know in the comments below!


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Freelance writer, VR and cryptocurrency enthusiast. Against totalitarian social control, be it in the form of governments or corporate oligarchs.