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Unlike Blizzard, Epic Games says it won't ban players for political speech

[2019.10.09, Wed 13:05] Fortnite developer Epic Games said in a statement that it will not ban players or content creators for political speech. "Epic supports everyone's right to express their views on politics and human rights. We wouldn't ban or punish a Fortnite player or content creator for speaking on these topics," an Epic Games spokesperson told The Verge. Over the weekend, Blizzard banned Hearthstone player Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung from participating in tournaments after he voiced support for the protesters in Hong Kong. In a post-game interview on Sunday, Blitzchung said, "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!" Now, he cannot participate in any tournaments for an entire year, and Blizzard is withholding any prize money he would have received in the Grandmasters tournament over the weekend. Blizzard responded to the criticism saying in a statement that it stands "By one's right to express individual thoughts and opinions," but Blitzchung violated a competition rule that prohibits players from doing anything that would bring "[them] into public disrepute," offend "a portion or group of the public," or damage Blizzard's image. Following Blizzard's decision, the company's own forums and subreddits dedicated to its games ballooned with messages from angry fans condemning the ban. The r/Blizzard subreddit went down for a few hours on Tuesday after the board was overrun with memes and posts calling for players to boycott Blizzard and its games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone.
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