Several lawmakers, including Sen. I don't doubt businesses fear losing access to the potentially huge Chinese market. Epic said it had nothing more to add.
The latest, and perhaps biggest example of this is the ongoing controversy involving Blizzard Entertainment, who suspended a Hearthstone pro for expressing his support for the protests now happening in Hong Kong.
"Revolution for our age!" he said in Mandarin in an interview.
"I feel what Blitzchung did was very fearless", Kibler said in the beginning of the statement on his website.
In its statement, Blizzard reminded participants of its eSports events about the importance of following rules and regulations.
Blizzard has said they "stand by one's right to express individual thoughts and opinions". "His actions are inspiring to me, and I support him wholeheartedly", Zamora said.
"I shouldn't be afraid of these kinds of white terror", which Chung describes as "anonymous acts that create a climate of fear".
Posts condemning Blizzard have filled the Reddit communities of r/Hearthstone and r/Blizzard for days - the latter was temporarily shut down by a rogue mod. It is worthy of notice that Blizzard has been playing the "equality" and "diversity" card for long (which had become particularly noticeable in Overwatch), and this suspension goes against their preachings (which has been very eagerly pointed out by the community as well). A number of gamers also took to social media to say they were cancelling their Blizzard subscriptions, while the hashtag #BoycottBlizzard started trending on Twitter.
"I invite Blizzard to reconsider their position". As calls for a boycott spread like wildfire, Blizzard - of which communist-owned media conglomerate Tencent owns a 5% stake - continues to fall further from grace. The trio, while facing a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship, placed a "Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizz" sign in front of their webcam. "But if Hong Kong loses, it will be for life". The broadcast quickly cut away from the AU students' camera feed.
On Wednesday, Prominent Hearthstone caster Brian Kibler announced he was stepping down from casting the Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon.
"The punishment meted out to Blitzchung is incredibly harsh", Kibler continued. But according to Sweeney, he remains the "controlling shareholder", and "there are many other shareholders including employees and investors".
The original Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong began in 2014, when protesters took to the streets calling for universal suffrage. The demonstration took place around a 12-foot-tall, wolf-mounted orc warrior statue in the courtyard of Blizzard's Irvine, California campus, with participation reportedly fluctuating between a dozen and 30 people throughout the day. This is in direct response to how Blizzard has handled the situation surrounding a professional Hearthstone player supporting the plight of Hong Kong and Blizzard's subsequent ban on the player.
"Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights".
"We feel it's hypocritical for Blizzard to punish Blitzchung but not us", the players told USgamer.