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The Blizzard China Controversy Explained

Blizzard has found itself under international criticism after imposing a 12-month ban on professional Hearthstone player Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung for vocalizing his support of Hong Kong’s liberation movement. #BoycottBlizzard is trending on Twitter, while countless community members, pro players, industry professionals, and lawmakers have voiced their displeasure — and disgust — with Blizzard’s decision. But how did it begin?

The Hong Kong-China Conflict

Before diving into the controversy, it’s important to understand Chung’s motivation, which requires a brief explanation of the current Hong Kong protests. As written by IGN’s Matt Kim, “Hong Kong is currently in the midst of a public protest that began earlier this year when the

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