The company states that its relationship with China wasn’t a factor in decision to punish player for their pro-democracy views.
What you need to know
- Blizzard released a statement about the situation involving Hearthstone grandmaster Blitzchung.
- The player will now receive his prize money.
- The company doubled down on its stance regarding “pre-and post-match conduct” but said its relationship with China wasn’t a factor.
Nearly a week after Blizzard banned Hearthstone grandmaster Blitzchung for a year and stipped him of his prize money, the company has released a statement on the situation.
President of Blizzard Entertainment J. Allen Brack said in the statement, released Friday evening, that the company will lessen the penalties given to Blitzchung (whose real name is Ng Wai Chung). He’ll be awarded his prize money and will be able to compete again after six months. He also won’t be removed from the Hearthstone Grandmasters, according to a Blizzard employee. Brack also said the two Taiwanese casters involved in the interview, who were fired, will be reinstated after six months. However, he reiterated the company’s stance on the situation, implying that the punishment was only based on the rules.