Blizzard president apologizes for 'failure' in Hong Kong debacle

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Blizzard said the act violated its competition rules because itbrought the player into "public disrepute", offended the public and damaged Blizzard's image.

Blizzard then banned blitzchung from competing for one year and revoked the prize money he had earned for competing in the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament. That punishment was shortened to a six-month suspension and blitzchung's prize money was honored after online outrage, global news coverage and mass cancellation of Blizzard's subscriptions and deletion of accounts on Battle.net, Blizzard's client for access to its games. Blizzard eventually shortened Ng's ban and restored his winnings.

These incidents sparked strong protests about restrictions on freedom of expression and expression, and sparked debate about whether politics should be excluded from games, sports or anything else. He said the company moved too quickly when it punished the protester, and it was too slow to explain its decisions to the fans. "And for that, I'm sorry, and I accept accountability".

BlizzCon 2019 is well underway, and, while there were many great gaming announcements to be had during Friday afternoon's showcase, the event was marred by protests outside the Anaheim Convention Center. I appreciate the message, but these are long dialogues that need to happen, not two-minute statements.

The American company has come under fire after it banned a Hong Kong player named Ng for shouting the popular protest slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" during a livestreamed post-match interview. China denies the charge. However, outside the building, protestors are rallying against the company that is putting on the event. The decision made by us has no impact or influence on China.

"I don't see any legitimate change happening in the future". While the apology did come at the right moment with the start of BlizzCon, it wasn't enough for many. They handed out thousands of t-shirts to attendees on both days. "The wounding from your massacre, wading into rough swamps, wondering like childhood's touch", he read.

Even though the event started with a direct apology from the President himself many people weren't happy with the response from Blizzard and went on with their protest against Blizzard.

Charles Lam, 46, a protester with the nonprofit Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles said: "Blizzard is not in the thought police business. Over the years though, I've become increasingly concerned with the direction of the company".

J. Allen Brack apologizes on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment. Since then, they've pulled back on their initial punishments towards blitzchung, but this is the first that Blizzard has publicly admitted they did not handle the entire situation properly. Tell us in the comments section!

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