We have an update regarding the recent case involving Pro Gamer Blitzchung, according to Polygon the Developer will no longer strip Ng Wai Chung of his earnings, both fired casters will also have their suspensions reduced to six months as well. Blizzard President J. Allen Brack recently released a statement regarding the recently banned player Blitzchung, Brack said that Chung broke the rules by using his interview to “Make a statement regarding the situation in Hong Kong,” but also claimed that Chung’s views were not a factor in their decision; “I want to be clear that our relationships with China had no influence in our decision.” He continued with “if this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we too would have acted the same.” Below is an excerpt from J. Allen’s statement:
“Over the past few days, many players, casters, esports fans, and employees have expressed concerns about how we determined the penalties. We’ve had a chance to pause, to listen to our community, and to reflect on what we could have done better. In hindsight, our process wasn’t adequate, and we reacted too quickly.
We want to ensure that we maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all our players, and that our rules and processes are clear. All of this is in service of another important Blizzard value—Play Nice; Play Fair.
In the tournament itself blitzchung played fair. We now believe he should receive his prizing. We understand that for some this is not about the prize, and perhaps for others it is disrespectful to even discuss it. That is not our intention.”Blizzard President, J. Allen Brack
In our last article, we mentioned that Blizzard had Chinese investors that invested a portion of their company, according to the financial website The Motley Fool; China’s Media company called Tencent has a 4.9 percent stake in Activision Blizzard, it is also possible that Blizzard wants to capitalize on China’s large gaming market.