The decision has been widely criticised. Fans have now started posting images of Overwatch hero Mei supporting the Hong Kong protests as a show of solidarity.
In Overwatch, Mei hails from Xi’an, China. By turning her into a symbol of the Hong Kong resistance, fans are showing the character standing up to Chinese rule while thumbing their noses at Blizzard.
With Blizzard banning Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai for a year and stripping his prize winnings over the player's vocal support for Hong Kong during a post-game interview, it was only a matter of time before someone else stepped up. Enter Sydney studio Immutable, the makers of a blockchain-powered collectible card game, and the company pledging to repay all of Blitzchung's lost winnings.
— ???? Lilith Lovett???? (@LilithLovett) October 9, 2019
Make Mei the new symbol of Hong Kong's resistance. Or atleast meme it until China bans blizzard products. Share this shit out. pic.twitter.com/jX8RSbnC2f
— TraceySketshit (@Casey_Case18) October 9, 2019
— Rils (@RilsRislan) October 8, 2019
— Make Peace Not War (@S4veThePl4net) October 9, 2019
Mei says free Hong Kong pic.twitter.com/5qzBwTjm8A
— ruh roh raggy (@opissums) October 9, 2019
— Kaipo (@Kaipo_Rozwolf) October 8, 2019
Mei from Overwatch says:
"Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" pic.twitter.com/4VraKTrufc
— spooky mommy riz ???????? (@PearlteaRizzy) October 9, 2019
— I'm tired (@opinion505) October 8, 2019
— Chips n Salsa (@SaxophoneJerry) October 9, 2019
— iEnvyClouds (@TroyConley14) October 9, 2019
— Jed Sola (@youreSOLAbo) October 9, 2019
— petteri tuovinen (@petterituovinen) October 9, 2019
Mei isn’t the only Overwatch character being used to show support for the Hong Kong protests.
Blizzard can eat my whole ass until the sun explodes pic.twitter.com/fRUsHDYgDW
— axelerator.???? (@axel_hexed) October 8, 2019