Blizzard got bogged down in another scandal, which this time is connected with politics, but apparently does not plan from it
How it all started
October 8 Blizzard banned a professionalHearthstone player Chun Ng Wai who competes under the nickname Blitzchung. In the broadcast after the speech, he openly supported the protesters in Hong Kong and received a ban. In addition, Blizzard fired the commentators who stream along with the player.
[BREAKING] Hong Kong Hearthstone player @blitzchungHS calls for liberation of his country in post-game interview: https: //t.co/3AgQAaPioj
@Matthieist #Hearthstone pic.twitter.com/DnaMSEaM4g
- Inven Global (@InvenGlobal) October 6, 2019
The reason for such actions was paragraph 6.1 official Hearthstone Grandmasters rulebook. The condition states that a corporation may remove an eSportsperson from the competition if his actions damage the image of Blizzard.
Gaming community response
As a result, gamers staged a protest against Blizzard. At first, Overwatch fans turned the character May, who is the native Chinese, in the lore of the game, into a symbol of the freedom movement in Hong Kong. So, images appeared on the Reddit forum in which May speaks in support of protesters.
Participants in the Hearthstone University League competition also joined in. During the match, the participant put a poster in the camera with the inscription: “Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizzard.”
“Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz” - Official @PlayHearthstone Collegiate series ends with call to action
@Matthieist #Hearthstone #HearthstoneEsports #HearthstoneCollegiatehttps: //t.co/1OHND0AHWx pic.twitter.com/HOVr27r3OR
- Inven Global (@InvenGlobal) October 9, 2019
The last move of the players was the mass removalBattle.net accounts and calls for an archive of personal data. According to European laws, a company must issue such a document within 30 days or will have to pay a fine. Blizzard reacted to this move, and now gamers can not delete their accounts.
Charlotte Mather wrote on Twitter that withtrying to erase the account she gets the error: "Due to too many attempts, the email code is blocked." In the comments under the publication, users say that they also received such a notification. In addition, according to gamers, support requested their identity document to issue an archive with personal data.
So now Blizzard have disabled ALL FOURauthentication methods to actively stop people from deleting their accounts. This is beyond disgusting. Spread awareness of this. #BoycottBlizzard pic.twitter.com/AyUiABgMXD
- Charlotte Mather (@ Espsilverfire2) October 9, 2019