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Blizzard bans Blitzchung for Supporting HK protest
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/blizzard-bans-hearthstone-tournament-winner-blitzchung-after-interview-supporting-hong-kong-protesters/

he got banned from the game and his prize money revoked
vods of the interview deleted
heard the two interviewers were fired

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inb4 being shipped in chains to mainland...
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/blizzard-bans-hearthstone-tournament-winner-blitzchung-after-interview-supporting-hong-kong-protesters/

he got banned from the game and his prize money revoked
vods of the interview deleted
heard the two interviewers were fired

[spoiler]inb4 being shipped in chains to mainland...[/spoiler]
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#2
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I knew I hated blizzard for a reason

I knew I hated blizzard for a reason
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#3
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lmao the blizzard subreddit is just inundated with people posting the tienanmen square copypasta

lmao the blizzard subreddit is just inundated with people posting the tienanmen square copypasta
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#4
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Reddit removed the original post after it got widespread attention: https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/dewc98/blizzard_suspends_hearthstone_player_for/

Other recent instances of nominally Western companies/organizations bowing to Chinese censorship demands:

NBA
Apple
Vans

Probably others too.

Edit: https://old.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/df8qwy/apple_bows_to_china_by_censoring_taiwan_flag_emoji/f326vlq/

Reddit removed the original post after it got widespread attention: https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/dewc98/blizzard_suspends_hearthstone_player_for/

Other recent instances of nominally Western companies/organizations bowing to Chinese censorship demands:

[url=https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/nba-statement-english-chinese-66104687]NBA[/url]
[url=https://qz.com/1723334/apple-removes-taiwan-flag-emoji-in-hong-kong-macau-in-ios-13-1-1/]Apple[/url]
[url=https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/464640-vans-shoes-face-boycott-calls-after-company-removes-design-referring]Vans[/url]

Probably others too.

Edit: https://old.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/df8qwy/apple_bows_to_china_by_censoring_taiwan_flag_emoji/f326vlq/
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#5
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I've played Hearthstone since closed beta in late 2013 and this will be the easiest uninstall of my life. Fuck Blizzard, fuck China.

I've played Hearthstone since closed beta in late 2013 and this will be the easiest uninstall of my life. Fuck Blizzard, fuck China.
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#6
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SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc Fuck China SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc
SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc Free Hong Kong SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc

SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc Fuck China SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc
SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc Free Hong Kong SMOrc SMOrc SMOrc
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#7
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fuck china

fuck china
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#8
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why the fuck would they fire the interviewers
what could they possibly have done to prevent this

why the fuck would they fire the interviewers
what could they possibly have done to prevent this
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#9
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yak404fuck china
[quote=yak404]fuck china[/quote]
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#10
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TailorTFI knew I hated blizzard for a reason

Activision-Blizzard***. Don't forget they are the same company.

WaldoProbably others too.

The great search engine BING happily censors its search results for Chinese users. Google is not available, so bing is (probably?) bigger there.

[quote=TailorTF]I knew I hated blizzard for a reason[/quote]
Activision-Blizzard***. Don't forget they are the same company.
[quote=Waldo]Probably others too.[/quote]
The great search engine BING happily censors its search results for Chinese users. Google is not available, so bing is (probably?) bigger there.
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#11
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dont trust china, china is asshole

dont trust china, china is asshole
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#12
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WTH I knew something was up with their mission statement...
https://imgur.com/hWIcZy0

WTH I knew something was up with their mission statement...
https://imgur.com/hWIcZy0
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#13
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FUCK CHINA

FUCK CHINA
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serveme.tf
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Wandumwhy the fuck would they fire the interviewers
...

Because they're Taiwanese, so Blizzard has to show the Chinese they're serious about protecting their interests.

[quote=Wandum]why the fuck would they fire the interviewers
...[/quote]

Because they're Taiwanese, so Blizzard has to show the Chinese they're serious about protecting their interests.
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#15
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It may just be an attempt at keeping chat calm but i believe the dota 2 internationals stream chat had some sort of suppression on chinese protest stuff too

It may just be an attempt at keeping chat calm but i believe the dota 2 internationals stream chat had some sort of suppression on chinese protest stuff too
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#16
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American University Hearthstone team had the balls to hold up a boycott blizzard sign during a collegiate championship stream: https://streamable.com/vrlcc

cut the stream REAL quick

American University Hearthstone team had the balls to hold up a boycott blizzard sign during a collegiate championship stream: https://streamable.com/vrlcc

cut the stream REAL quick
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#17
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One of Blizzard's main markets is China, I'm not surprised by any of this.

One of Blizzard's main markets is China, I'm not surprised by any of this.
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HuggesAmerican University Hearthstone team had the balls to hold up a boycott blizzard sign during a collegiate championship stream: https://streamable.com/vrlcc

they cut away immediately yikes dude

[quote=Hugges]American University Hearthstone team had the balls to hold up a boycott blizzard sign during a collegiate championship stream: https://streamable.com/vrlcc[/quote]
they cut away immediately yikes dude
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#19
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all these people are getting moved up on the organ harvesting schedule

all these people are getting moved up on the organ harvesting schedule
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动态网自由门 天安門 天安门 法輪功 李洪志 Free Tibet 六四天安門事件 The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 天安門大屠殺 The Tiananmen Square Massacre 反右派鬥爭 The Anti-Rightist Struggle 大躍進政策 The Great Leap Forward 文化大革命 The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution 人權 Human Rights 民運 Democratization 自由 Freedom 獨立 Independence 多黨制 Multi-party system 台灣 臺灣 Taiwan Formosa 中華民國 Republic of China 西藏 土伯特 唐古特 Tibet 達賴喇嘛 Dalai Lama 法輪功 Falun Dafa 新疆維吾爾自治區 The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region 諾貝爾和平獎 Nobel Peace Prize 劉暁波 Liu Xiaobo 民主 言論 思想 反共 反革命 抗議 運動 騷亂 暴亂 騷擾 擾亂 抗暴 平反 維權 示威游行 李洪志 法輪大法 大法弟子 強制斷種 強制堕胎 民族淨化 人體實驗 肅清 胡耀邦 趙紫陽 魏京生 王丹 還政於民 和平演變 激流中國 北京之春 大紀元時報 九評論共産黨 獨裁 專制 壓制 統一 監視 鎮壓 迫害 侵略 掠奪 破壞 拷問 屠殺 活摘器官 誘拐 買賣人口 遊進 走私 毒品 賣淫 春畫 賭博 六合彩 天安門 天安门 法輪功 李洪志 Winnie the Pooh 劉曉波动态网自由门
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#22
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All of this shit makes me really happy I renewed my W101 sub instead of trying out WoW classic

All of this shit makes me really happy I renewed my W101 sub instead of trying out WoW classic
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#23
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Anyone know of any private Wow Classic or Vanilla (I guess?) servers? I tried WoW for the first time with classic and I would feel morally bankrupt if I didn't cancel my subscription, but would also like to have the chance of experiencing WoW

Anyone know of any private Wow Classic or Vanilla (I guess?) servers? I tried WoW for the first time with classic and I would feel morally bankrupt if I didn't cancel my subscription, but would also like to have the chance of experiencing WoW
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Wandumwhy the fuck would they fire the interviewers
what could they possibly have done to prevent this

While I agree it's ridiculous the casters did say "Now we hear you have 6 words to say, be sure to back up from the camera and cover your face" or something to that effect

[quote=Wandum]why the fuck would they fire the interviewers
what could they possibly have done to prevent this[/quote]

While I agree it's ridiculous the casters did say "Now we hear you have 6 words to say, be sure to back up from the camera and cover your face" or something to that effect
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#25
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Blizzard response:
https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/23185888/regarding-last-weekend-s-hearthstone-grandmasters-tournament

The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.

https://i.imgur.com/bgTXQCr.png?1

Blizzard response:
https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/23185888/regarding-last-weekend-s-hearthstone-grandmasters-tournament

[quote=]The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.[/quote]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/bgTXQCr.png?1[/img]
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#26
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https://i.redd.it/jyehne7zhsr31.png

https://i.redd.it/jyehne7zhsr31.png
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#27
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HuggesBlizzard response:
https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/23185888/regarding-last-weekend-s-hearthstone-grandmasters-tournament
The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.
If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same.

"divisive" bro he used his platform as a tourney winner to say something pro-democracy.
Conflating all political speech is super awful for discourse.
When being pro-democracy and anti-democracy are BOTH banned, anti-democracy wins.

[quote=Hugges]Blizzard response:
https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/23185888/regarding-last-weekend-s-hearthstone-grandmasters-tournament

[quote=]The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.[/quote]
[/quote]
[quote]If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same.[/quote]
"divisive" bro he used his platform as a tourney winner to say something pro-democracy.
Conflating all political speech is super awful for discourse.
When being pro-democracy and anti-democracy are BOTH banned, anti-democracy wins.
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#28
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Please support Hong Kong, but don't forget China's currently doing many things much worse than this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4rJUtdUqvk&t=9s
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/finally-some-consequences-for-chinas-concentration-camps/2019/10/10/0c3e99c0-ead0-11e9-9c6d-436a0df4f31d_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/06/asia/china-xinjiang-video-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/our-worst-fears-about-where-china-s-human-organs-come-from-were-just-confirmed
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2206874-prisoners-in-china-are-still-being-used-as-organ-donors-says-inquiry/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-organ-harvesting/un-urged-to-investigate-organ-harvesting-in-china-idUSKBN1W92FL

Please support Hong Kong, but don't forget China's currently doing many things much worse than this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4rJUtdUqvk&t=9s
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/finally-some-consequences-for-chinas-concentration-camps/2019/10/10/0c3e99c0-ead0-11e9-9c6d-436a0df4f31d_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/06/asia/china-xinjiang-video-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/our-worst-fears-about-where-china-s-human-organs-come-from-were-just-confirmed
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2206874-prisoners-in-china-are-still-being-used-as-organ-donors-says-inquiry/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-organ-harvesting/un-urged-to-investigate-organ-harvesting-in-china-idUSKBN1W92FL
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#29
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Blizzard with the maximum bootlickery of China

Blizzard with the maximum bootlickery of China
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#30
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https://twitter.com/SGBluebell/status/1182817588147052544 tinfoil hat time

https://twitter.com/SGBluebell/status/1182817588147052544 tinfoil hat time
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