Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai, a player known for competing in Hearthstone tournaments, has been banned for one year by Blizzard over comments made advocating for the citizens of Hong Kong. Not only is he banned, but he also had his winnings from a recent Grandmasters tournament taken from him — a loss of $10,000.00
In a post-game interview streamed in Taiwan, Blitzchung advocated for the protests against an extradition bill. “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” was the quote that alerted Blizzard.
Following the decision, Chung expressed his disappointment.
“”I expected the decision by Blizzard, I think it’s unfair, but I do respect their decision. I’m not [regretful] of what I said. Like, I shouldn’t be afraid of these kinds of white terror.”
The protests began when a bill was introduced that would allow suspects in criminal activities to be extradited to China for prosecution. The bill has since been withdrawn, but crackdowns on pro-democracy statements have increased, as has censorship.
Update: In a statement made on October 12th, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Blitzchung’s earnings have been given back to him. His ban has also been changed from one year to six months. Blitzchung has not decided whether he will return to competitive Hearthstone.
— Michael Baginski