Tag: Blizzard

US Congress Gets Involved In Hearthstone Player’s Suspension, Asks Blizzard To Reconsider

As you might have heard, Blizzard has come under massive fire recently for their decision to suspend a Hearthstone professional player for a year. This was because the player, Ng Wai Chung, also known as blitzchung, decided to show his support for the Hong Kong protests during his post-game interview. Advertising Now it looks like […]

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AOC, Marco Rubio Tell Blizzard to Reconsider Censoring Players

A bipartisan group of American lawmakers, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), have sent Activision Blizzard a letter condemning the company, expressing “deep concern” about its censorship of players who spoke out in favor of Hong Kong protesters. They said the company should “reconsider” its recent punishments, but otherwise made no […]

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Physical Copy Of Overwatch For The Nintendo Switch Isn’t Actually ‘Physical’

Just like most video games, the Nintendo Switch supports both physical and digital copies of games. This means that gamers who prefer using cartridges have the option to buy it, while those who prefer digital copies can buy and download them online, so it’s not surprising that Blizzard’s Overwatch for the Switch also comes in […]

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Blizzard president J. Allen Brack issues statement on Hearthstone’s Hong Kong controversy

After days of silence, Blizzard has responded to the anger and controversy over its punishments of a Hearthstone player and two casters. The response comes via an open letter from Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, which also reduced punishments for all three. Everything started last Sunday when professional Hearthstone player Ng Wai “Blitzchung” Chung made […]

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Blizzard Doubles Down, Says It Will Continue to Silence Players on ‘Official Channels’

After days of internal and external protests, pressure from U.S. senators, players, and human rights organizations, Blizzard has finally addressed why it suspended and revoked prize money from a Hearthstone player who expressed support for Hong Kong protesters last weekend. The statement, attributed to Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack, says that it will return […]

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Running of the Gnomes gets ready to help breast cancer patients with World of Warcraft shenanigans

The Running of the Gnomes is one of the best feel-good-stories in World of Warcraft‘s history. This charity event has players creating new Gnome characters, all with pink hair and tabards, who then run across the game’s massive world together. But this isn’t just for silliness’s sake. The event raises money and awareness for the […]

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Blizzard, Like Any Corporation, Can’t Be Trusted To Care About Anything Past Profits

As much as any corporation says it will espouse certain values, you can absolutely count on them to drop those values if it threatens their bottom line. Blizzard’s recent actions against a player coming out in solidarity with the Hong Kong protests are a prime example of this. Even with employees asking management to explain […]

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Blizzard Doesn’t Respect the Human Rights of Its Customers, Major Rights Organization Says

Blizzard’s censorship and sanctioning of a Hearthstone player who expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters is a human rights issue that demonstrates the video game company doesn’t respect the humanity and basic rights of its customers, a prominent international human rights organization said Friday. Access Now, which defends the digital rights of people around […]

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The DeanBeat: PlayStation 5, Blizzard’s blunder, and Harold Ryan’s big bet

Thanks for reading The DeanBeat and supporting our independent journalism. This is a good time to announce that our GamesBeat Summit 2020 web site is up and available with some of our initial speakers posted. By the time the conference rolls around on April 28-29, 2020, we should have well over 100 speakers. You can […]

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Blizzard Has Its Own Hong Kong Controversy After Banning A Protesting ‘Hearthstone’ Player

While the NBA deals with the fallout and subsequent backlash in both the United States and China sparked by a tweet about Hong Kong, gaming giant Blizzard has dealt with its own growing problem sparked because of a protest from a professional Hearthstone player. The NBA’s problems began when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey […]

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BlizzCon seems like a disaster waiting to happen

World of Warcraft and Overwatch publisher Blizzard Entertainment is in a mess. It punished Hearthstone esports competitor Blitzchung for speaking out in support of Hong Kong protesters. It even plans to stop working with the commentators who conducted the interview. Now, Blizzard is facing a wave of criticism. And while that outrage’s is happening online, […]

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Blizzard stays silent on Hong Kong cop-out while the world reacts

Even though Sony revealed new info about the PlayStation 5 on the same day, Blizzard managed to dominate headlines yesterday after suspending and rescinding prize money from player Ng Wai “Blitzchung” Chung after he supported Hong Kong’s anti-Chinese protests in a post-tournament interview. Today, we’re seeing even more the fallout from this corporate decision. Blizzard […]

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Blizzard’s Hong Kong Screw-Up Is Officially an International Incident

Outrage at Activision Blizzard is mounting after the company suspended Hearthstone pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai for declaring his support of Hong Kong’s protest movement. Fans are mad, U.S. politicians are angry, and there’s evidence that even Blizzard’s employees are upset. United States Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) both tweeted their condemnation […]

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Blizzard failed to make a stand for anything but China and money

Ng Wai “Blitzchung” Chung is a professional Hearthstone player who supported the protests happening in Hong Kong against China during a post-win interview for the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament on Sunday. Hearthstone publisher Blizzard Entertainment responded with a harsh punishment, banning Blitzchung from the digital card game’s esports for a year and taking his prize money […]

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World of Warcraft’s next big update adds new races and long-requested changes

Blizzard has detailed the next big patch for World of Warcraft. The 8.3 update, titled Visions of N’Zoth, is hitting the public test realm today, and it is adding a lot. This includes two new Allied Races, the fox-like Vulpera for the Horde and the robotic Mechagnomes for the Alliance. This will get players two […]

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The RetroBeat: Give me a Diablo II remaster, not Diablo IV

We’re less than a month away from BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment’s yearly fan event that always hosts major announcements. The show happens on November 1 and November 2 this year, and I’ll be there covering the proceedings for my third year in a row. This looks like it could be the most exciting BlizzCon I’ve been […]

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