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The US-based gaming giant Activision Blizzard — that is, a player will lose $10,000 in prize money, and banned him from the game for a year after he expressed support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, was slammed by the critics, who on Tuesday accused the company of, and the prioritization of the activities carried out in China with the support of the freedom of opinion and expression.
Activision Blizzard, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., banned Ng, Wai-Chung, who plays the role of a at a distance by Hong Kong, will be competing in the company’s online multi-player card game, Hearthstone, E-sports for a year. The 21-year-old, known online as “Blitzchung” for a prize of $10,000 in the grand opera of the Asia-Pacific Grandmaster tournament, when he was in a live-streamed video interview in Mandarin: “Free Hong Kong, the revolution of our time.” He was wearing a gas mask and a pair of glasses with the same gear as worn by Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, as he has for the statement, ” The Guardian reported.
BLIZZARD BANS HEARTHSTONE PLAYERS FOR THE SUPPORT OF HONG KONG’S ‘REVOLUTION’
In the U.S., lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, tweeted on Tuesday that Activision Blizzard’s decision to censor one of its players, and political views, speaks to a broader concern about China’s control of the market and is being used as a lever for the suppression of freedom of expression around the world.
“We recognise what’s going on here. People who don’t live in #China, need to self-censor, or face termination and suspension” S. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., it wrote on Twitter. “In China, with the help of the access to the market as a lever to crush the freedom of speech and expression around the world.”
S. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said: “in addition, to show that it is willing to demean himself to the Chinese Communist y. A non-U.s. company will have to be censored, calls for the freedom to make a quick buck.”
The Chinese tech company Tencent is the owner of more than 5% of the shares in Activision Blizzard, which earned $173 million, or about 12 per cent of the total revenue of the Asia-Pacific region in the last quarter of the year, according to the company’s public earnings report.
The government of China has focused on a variety of U.S.-based organizations, including the national basketball association (NBA, for its perceived support of the Hong Kong anti-government protests. Apple Computer, Inc. it was the last Wednesday in the ruling Communist y’s main newspaper, criticized the tech giant for a new smartphone app available in the App Store that makes it possible for activists to report police locations, and the use of tear gas.
We addressed the controversy on Tuesday with a live stream on the other with the name of Twitch, the New York Times reported.
“Today’s the day, what I’ve lost in Hearthstone, it is a four-year period,” he said, referring to the time and effort he has dedicated to how to play the game in a professional way. “But if Hong Kong is to lose, it would be the cause of a man’s life.”
“I didn’t expect that my comment would have made a huge impact at all,” he continued, according to The Guardian. “This is my freedom of speech and expression. “I have to be to not be afraid. I hope that my work can inspire other people as I can to continue to support the movement in Hong Kong.”
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Activision Blizzard, said in a statement that Chung had violated a tournament rule, which prevents players from engaging in any act that “takes you out in public disrepute, offends or part of the group and of the public, or otherwise World-view.”
“When we are with someone else’s right to express their individual thoughts and opinions, actors, and other participants who elect to participate in our esports competitions have to abide by the official competition rules,” the statement said.
A small group of Activision Blizzard’s employees, who gathered outside the corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif., on Tuesday, the support of all Guests, The Daily Beast reported. Other users also called for a boycott of Activision Blizzard’s gaming sites, among others, of multiplayer hits such as World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, and expressed support for the We are in a very popular Cantonese-language web forum with the name of LIHKG, The Guardian reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.