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Andrew Yang weighs in on Blizzard Hong Kong controversy

Published: 23/Oct/2019 19:42 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 20:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has taken a stance on Blizzard’s recent controversy regarding the suspension of Hearthstone pro Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai for his pro-Hong Kong message. 

Speaking with The Washington Post‘s video game outlet Launcher, Yang claimed that while he agrees with China’s stance on Loot Boxes, where companies are required to disclose the odds of obtaining an item inside, he differs on their suppression of free speech. 

“What we’re seeing now is two of China’s driving priorities starting to be at odds with each other,” he said. “Their priority is maintaining robust economic growth. Number two is social order and suppressing any political dissidence. […] The unfortunate reality is that these are the kinds of decisions we’re forcing companies to make every single day because of the globalized nature of the industry.” 

In reference to complaints he hears from executives he added, “A lot of these companies are like, ‘Why am I making these decisions?’”

“And these decisions end up being massive investments of resources. They’re actually looking for some sort of guideline or assistance. These are from companies who have historically not been excited about having any government hand in their industries. It just goes to show we’re putting more and more companies into untenable positions,” he explained. 

Congress recently took a less sympathetic hardline stance on Blizzard’s decision to ban Hong Kong native Hearthstone pro Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai, condemning the action and calling for a complete reversal of the ban. This came after Blizzard reduced Blitzchung’s ban from one year to six months and restored his prize winnings. 

Blitzchung has been banned from competing for six months.

Yang on video game violence and addiction

When asked about his thoughts on video game addiction, Yang said he believes part of the problem is that politicians rarely bring up games and when they do it’s about violence. He, however, believes game addiction is a real issue.

“No one ever talks about it unless it’s in the context of violence, and even then you just get some hand wringing behind it,” he said. 

BlizzardBlitzchung wore a gas mask during his post-game interview in support of the Hong Kong protesters.

For Yang, he views video games as a complex medium. “To me, games are intrinsic to the human experience, and video games are a natural evolution,” he said. 

“There is vast potential for gaming to serve not just for our entertainment, but for other positive things.” 

It’s refreshing to see a politician take a pro-game stance given the frequent attacks against video games by politicians who blame them for acts of violence.

Back in August, President Donald Trump said that the United States must stop the “glorification” of violence in games following a shooting in El Paso, Texas that saw 21 people killed.

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FIFA 21 TOTW 17 predictions: Muller, Insigne, Stones

Published: 18/Jan/2021 14:21

by Connor Bennett

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FIFA 21’s Team of the Week 17 is on the horizon in Ultimate Team. While Team of the Year might be the focus of some players, this could set could have some nice cards. So, here are our predictions. 

With the FA Cup getting underway last week, Team of the Week 16 gave EA the chance to shine the spotlight on some other leagues while also adding in a handful of standout players.

This week, as we approach TOTW 17, English sides are eligible again, and should feature a decent bit as there were a few outstanding performances. Of course, though, we’ll still get players from all over the globe.

So, without any further ado, here are our predictions for FIFA 21’s Team of the Week 17. 

Alisson Becker in FIFA 21
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Liverpool’s Alisson Becker should be a shoe-in for TOTY, but deservers other cards.

This week our predictions are headed by two players who could end up with a Team of the Year card – Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller. Alisson saved the Reds a point in a tight game against Manchester United.

Elsewhere, we’ve included Matheus Pereira for his MOTM performance for West Brom against Wolves, Lorenzo Insigne for his goals and assist for Napoli, and Nicolo Barella for his performance against Juventus. 

Ajax’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a bit of a throwback, as he hasn’t a TOTW card in forever. However, he deserves one for lifting the Amsterdam side to a late win over FC Twente. 

FIFA 21 TOTW 17 Predictions | Team of the Week 17

  • GK: Alisson – Liverpool
  • GK: Stefan Ortega – Arminia Bielefeld
  • LB: Layvin Kurzawa – PSG
  • RB: Thomas Meunier – Borussia Dortmund
  • RB: Sofiane Alakouch – Nimes
  • CB: Patrick Mainka – FC Heidenheim
  • CB: John Stones – Manchester City
  • CDM: Peter Zulj – RSC Anderlecht
  • CM: Youri Tielemans – Leicester City
  • CM: Teun Koopmeiners – AZ Alkmaar 
  • CM: Tanguy Ndombele – Spurs
  • CM: Nicolò Barella – Inter Milan
  • RM: Salvador Agra – CD Tondela
  • LM: Sammy Ameobi – Nottingham Forest
  • CAM: Luis Alberto – Lazio
  • CAM: Matheus Pereira – West Brom
  • CAM: Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich 
  • LW: Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli
  • ST: Wissam Ben Yedder – AS Monaco
  • ST: Donyell Malen – PSV
  • ST: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – Ajax
  • ST: Luka Jovic – Frankfurt
  • ST: Charlie Wyke – Sunderland

TOTW 17 Silver Star predcition – Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo

In terms of a Silver Stars prediction, we’ve gone with Crotone’s Nigerian striker Simeon Nwankwo – who is simply known as Simy in FIFA. 

The 28-year-old bagged two goals and chipped in with an assist during the win over Benevento, and should get a nice boost to the top end of the current silver cards. 

Obviously, these are purely our predictions for TOTW 17 and aren’t official in any way. EA might decide to hold certain players back because of TOTY – though, that is set to be revealed “later in January. 

Either way, it’s only a short wait until we know who is in TOTW 17 as the new cards will be released on Wednesday, January 20 at 6 PM GMT.