Blizzard Won’t Change its Decision regarding Blitzchung’s Suspension

November 4, 2019
Blizzard Won’t Change its Decision regarding Blitzchung’s Suspension

At the opening of BlizzCon this weekend, Blizzard’s CEO J. Allen Brack addressed the controversy that happened about a month ago, when they made the decision to suspend Hearthstone pro gamer Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai and the two Taiwanese casters. It was an apology (kind of). He said that they made the decision too quickly, that they didn’t live up to the high standards they set for themselves and that they failed at their purpose which is to bring the world together through games.

He added that BlizzCon is demonstrating their purpose and that they are committed to “everyone's right to express themselves, in all kinds of ways, in all kinds of places. I've actually seen and heard many of you expressing yourselves this morning!” This way, he seemed to have addressed the protests which were happening outside the BlizzCon building at the time.

However, Brack didn’t say if their decision to suspend Blitzchung and the casters would change. The answer was given by Brack in an interview for PC Gamer, and it's no.

We want the official broadcasts, which are a small percentage of the overall content that gets created, to be about the games. And we want those to be focused on the games,” Blizzard’s CEO explained.

Again, it's not about the content of Blitzchung's message. It's about the fact that it was not around the games. If we hadn't taken action, if we hadn't done something, you can imagine the trail that would be in our future around doing interviews. They would become times for people to make a statement about whatever they wanted to, on whatever issue. That's just a path that we don't want to go down.”

Brack also said that players can express themselves on their private social media, but that on the official channels everything should be only about games.

He was also asked about their decision to suspend the two casters, and Brack said that the main reason they’ve decided to suspend them is that they weren't successful in their job. 

"What we considered with them was that they are hired by Blizzard to do a job, and in this case, that job is to keep the broadcast focused on what it needs to be focused on, which is the games, the winners, and the stories coming out of there. They were not successful in their job. That's how we made the decision on that," Brack stated.

Also, he denied that Chinese companies, especially NetEase, with which they've got partnerships, influenced them. He said they didn't have anything to do with their decision.

So, the decision still stands. Both Blitczhung and the two casters got a 6-month suspension after Blizzard decided to reduce the penalty it first gave them.

Many fans are not satisfied with this because they expected Blizzard to withdraw the suspensions. It seems that the controversy continues.