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After Hearthstone player's ban, Blizzard is in hot water with lawmakers

[2019.10.08, Tue 20:05] Over the weekend, Blizzard Entertainment banned a Hearthstone player from participating in tournaments after he voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters. "Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party," Sen. Ron Wyden said. On Sunday, Hearthstone player Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung was interviewed after a Grandmasters match. Only a few hours after the event, Blizzard, Hearthstone's publisher, issued a statement saying, "While we stand by one's right to express individual thoughts and opinions, players and other participants that elect to participate in our esports competitions must abide by the official competition rules." Blizzard is withholding any prize money Blitzchung would have earned and has banned him from competing in any tournaments for one year, effective on October 5th. The company also terminated contracts with the two casters conducting Sunday's interview. Blizzard did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Verge. Senators aren't the only people upset with Blizzard's decision.
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