Blitzchung has been deprived of the Hearthstone tournament prize money and is barred from participating in Blizzard tournaments for a year. The publisher justifies the punishment for Blitzchung for violating the section of the regulation that prohibits players from doing or saying anything that "offends a portion or group of the public." Blizzard writes in a statement that 'Grandmasters is the highest level of Esports Hearthstone and we take violations of tournament rules very seriously (…) although we support each other's rights to express their individual thoughts and opinions, players and other participants who are part of esports competitions have to respect the rules of the competition, ”cites ArsTechnica.
The videos of Blitzchung's infringing participation are no longer available, but Inven Global reports that the player shouted in Mandarin, “Unleash Hong Kong, the revolution of our era!” While wearing a gas mask, a symbol of local Protestants.
"My appeal in the stream was just another form of participation in the protests that I want to get more attention," said the player. "I know what my action in the stream means. It could cause me a lot of trouble, even in my safety in real life. But I think it is my duty to say something about it.
China has been using its economic might to pressure Western companies to censor pro-Hong Kong speeches, and Blizzard may have been one of the most recent "victims" of Chinese pressure.