U.S. Congress Members Request Blizzard Reverse Hearthstone Pro's Suspension

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Photo: Zach Gibson, Getty Images)

Today, United States Congressmen Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio signeda bi-partisan letter addressed to Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, over the recent suspension of professional Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai.

“We write to express our deep concern about Activision Blizzard’s decision to make player Ng Wai Chung forfeit prize money and ban him from participating in tournaments for a year after he voiced support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong,” the letter reads. “This decision is particularly concerning in light of the Chinese government’s growing appetite for pressuring American businesses to help stifle free speech.”

Co-signed by Congress members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mike Gallagher, and Tom Malinowski, the letter urges Kotick to “reconsider your decision to with respect to Mr. Chung.”

The letter references tensions that have arisen following Chung’s suspension, as Blizzard employees reportedly voiced their disagreement and plans for protests at the company’s forthcoming BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California are currently underway.

This is despite Blizzard president Jay Allen Brack’s statement last week that walked back some of the penalties referenced in the Congressional letter. The statement had reduced Chung’s suspension to six months and awarding him the prize money Blizzard had originally withheld.

BlizzCon begins Friday, November 1.


Comments

    Any time they can score political points they take it.

      Its been a god send for the US as public interest had begun to bottom out on most areas of the campaign.

    this is the follow up from their statements they made last week when Blizzard shat the house

    "It's okay folks, if you break the rules you should be let off."

    What a load of horseshit this is. Bunch of politicians trying to win votes except they send the letter after Blizzard already changed the punishment.

    I actually feel sorry for Blizzard at this point. They were unfairly dragged into a political situation they had no reason to be in because of the actions of a selfish person who knew what he was doing was against the rules.

      ...slow clap... Captain oblivious shows us the way again!

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