Blizzard removes gamer “Blitzchung” from tournament, suspends him for year for supporting Hong Kong protests

by John Wesley Reid · Oct 9th, 2019 11:59 am

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 4:17 pm

Pro gamer Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai has been removed from a “Grandmasters” tournament for the video game Hearthstone after making a statement in support of the Hong Kong protests.

Wai was pulled for wearing a mask, similar to those worn by Hong Kong protesters and yelling, “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our age!”

Blizzard, the company behind both the game Hearthstone and the competition, is part-owned by Chinese company Tencent.

Wai’s comments cost him his placement in the competition, his prize money, and earned him a one-year suspension. His advocacy for the protests apparently violated Section 6.1 of the 2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters Official Competition Rules, which states:

“Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image will result in removal from Grandmasters…”

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) also chimed in on Wai’s dismissal:


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