U.S. senators weigh-in on Blizzard's Blitzchung decision in open letter

AOC and Rubio join a bipartisan letter urging Blizzard to “reverse course” on Hong Kong bans

Congress sends letter condemning Blizzard for Blitzchung Hong Kong scandal

It is unknown if the politicians who signed the letter were aware at the time of the signing that Blizzard reduced Blitzchung's banning and plan to give him his prize money.

Blizzard Leisure has approach beneath fire all all over again for its stance on free speech after the firm issued suspensions and punishments to avid gamers who voiced their realizing on the Hong Kong protests all the diagram by tournaments. Blizzard claimed Chung had violated one of its rules and for that Chung would be suspended from professional Hearthstone for 12 months and be stripped of his prize money. "This decision is particularly concerning in light of the Chinese government's growing appetite for pressuring American businesses to help stifle free speech", the letter, whose signatures included USA politicians Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), which rebuked Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Robert Kotick for the company's decision against Blitzchung, began. As examples, it cites China's actions against Apple over an app that protesters in Hong Kong can use to track police movements, and the National Basketball Association following a comment in support of the protesters by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey-which ultimately forced reversals by both.

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Co-signed by Congress members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mike Gallagher, and Tom Malinowski, the letter urges Kotick to "reconsider your decision with respect to Mr. Chung". You have the option to reverse the course. Because your business is a mainstay of the gaming industry, your disappointing decision could be a deterrent to players seeking to use their platform to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Activision Blizzard could ignore this letter, which does it no favours, or addresses the concerns and make its position clear. Indeed, many players around the world have noticed the actions of your company, calling understandably to boycott Activision Blizzard gaming sites. We hotfoot you to take it.

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"As China amplifies its campaign of intimidation, you and your company must decide whether to look beyond the bottom line and promote American values -like freedom of speech and thought- or to give into Beijing's demands in order to preserved market access". There are now plans to peacefully protest the upcoming Blizzcon event scheduled to be on November 1.

After the banning, a group did announce that they will be protesting at BlizzCon next month.

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