You may remember this post about Hearthstone pro ‘Blitzchung‘, who was originally banned for 12 months and stripped of all his prize money following his remarks on live stream. Since then, Blizzard have admitted that they “reacted too quickly” and have since reduced Blitzchung’s ban you 6 months and returned his winnings for the Grandmaster tournament.
In the statement from Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, Blizzard states that “Our esports programs are an expression of our vision and our values. Esports exist to create opportunities for players from around the world, from different cultures, and from different backgrounds, to come together to compete and share their passion for gaming. It is extremely important to us to protect these channels and the purpose they serve: to bring the world together through epic entertainment, celebrate our players, and build diverse and inclusive communities.”
Blitzchung has responded his Blizzard’s statement. “First of all, I’m grateful for Blizzard reconsidering their position about my ban. Earlier this week, I told media that I knew I might have penalty or consequence for my act, because I understand that my act could take the conversation away from the purpose of the event. In the future, I will be more careful on that and express my opinions or show my support to Hong Kong on my personal platforms”. Blitzchung understood the results of his actions and accepted Blizzard’s desicion. “People from Blizzard had explained this to me through a phone call and I really appreciate that and I accept their decision on this part.”
Blitzchung still faces a 6 month ban, which he claims is still “quite a lot to me”. Blitzchung finished up with a final hope that “Blizzard can reconsider about their penalty on the two casters involved” who were also banned for their involvement.