Has anyone else just had it with big corporations falling into corruption, even if you like their product? (And yeah, this is my second post tonight, but I’m no longer playing WoW, so I have time!)
Well, I have blogged here and there how I was really anticipating the return of Classic Wow, a Blizzard-Activision product. My druid was built on the lore of Jenny of Oldstones and because I like the druid class. I had a blast in beta and back in vanilla WoW. Not so much in Classic (yet), though I had joined some old friends and was playing a low level mage with them while getting my druid to 60. She made it to almost 54 last week before an Octoberfest party, Ecocity, and some other work took over. I had hoped to get to 60 in the next couple weeks.
Then yesterday, I read that Blizzard had banned an esports competitor (esports is weird to me, but whatever, it’s a thing and people actually get paid for it) for standing up for Hong Kong protesters. And then Blizzard not only banned him but took away his earnings. He was not a WoW player, but played another Blizzard game, Hearthstone. The outcry was huge. I was reading about it on the train home last night. According to Vice:
Activision Blizzard suspended Hearthstone pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai on Tuesday after he spoke up in support of protests in Hong Kong during a post-match interview during Hearsthone’s Asia-Pacific Grandmaster tournament on October 6.
Two days later, on October 8, Activision Blizzard suspended him from competing in Hearthstone esports tournaments for a year, rescinded his $3000 winnings from the tournament, and fired the two people who interviewed him.
I could hardly believe that a company whose games I’ve enjoyed for so long would do such a thing. In my last post, I said that the world is changing. This is the new weird. Protesters are trying to liberate Hong Kong from China after a long struggle for Hong Kong to retain at least some limited independence from the mainland. Here’s another great article from the New York Times about China’s cultural genocide.
I guess in the past few years I have done a lot of boycotting in a sense. I read labels carefully and do not buy products with conflict palm oil. That kind of thing. But when I heard what Blizzard did, there was no question in my mind that I was done with the game forever. The only way I’d ever go back is if they would not only give a public apology and reinstate Blitzchung but support Hong Kong protesters financially with their many many dollars. And even then I’d have to know it was because there is a heart at Blizzard. I just don’t see it now, and have already grown wary of big corporations. I’m pretty sure that Blizzard makes a lot of money from China; it’s disturbing that this is the world we live in. The new weird.
Good bye Jenny of Oldstones. I barely new ye.