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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil removed from PES 2020 after anti-China comments

Published: 19/Dec/2019 0:46

by Isaac McIntyre


Arsenal’s Mesut Özil has been removed from Chinese versions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, following the Premier League star’s outspoken stance regarding Uighur Muslims reportedly being kept in prison camps in Xinjiang.

The 31-year-old, who rarely uses Twitter and other social media during the Premier League season, posted an image of the former East Turkestan republic flag with a message calling Uighurs in China “warriors who resist persecution.”

“[In China] Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet,” he said on December 13, as translated by The Guardian.

Following the comment, several Chinese fan sites announced they will stop posting football news relating to Özil, according to the Chinese press, while a Chinese simulation game stopped the production of Özil player cards after the news.

Now, the star has also been removed from Pro Evolution Soccer’s Chinese releases by eastern publisher NetEase, who said Özil’s comments “hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport’s spirit of love and peace.”

“The German player Özil posted an extreme statement about China on social media… we do not understand, accept, or forgive this,” NetEase said.

China’s foreign ministry also weighed in on Özil’s comments, suggesting the German-Turkish player had been “deceived by fake news,” while many comments on Weibo—China’s main social media platform—call for the 31-year-old to be sacked.

“Do you know how Arsenal fans in China have spent the last two days?” one self-declared former Arsenal supporter posted on the forum.

“They are struggling to understand how the club and idol they once loved has turned out to be a rumourmonger. Of course, if you intend to attack China, you are as insignificant in our hearts as dirty ants.”

KonamiMesut Ozil will no longer appear in Chinese versions of PES 2020.

As well as Özil’s removal from the football simulator, Chinese state television channels also pulled screenings of Arsenal’s most recent Premier League match against England’s defending champions Manchester City.

The removal of the league’s matchday 17 clash comes after most references to Özil at all were removed from the internet in China, basically erasing the German star from existence for those accessing online information in the country.

Ronnie Macdonald, Wikicommons
PES 2020
Ozil has spent the past six years with Arsenal in the Premier League.

This isn’t the first time Chinese investors have strong-armed game developers after public comments speaking out against the country’s current regime either.

Earlier this year, Hearthstone pro Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai was banned from the game’s professional circuit and docked his season’s winnings after he called for the liberation of Hong Kong during the GrandMasters tournament.

The backlash against Hearthstone publishers Blizzard from the online community was immediate and swift. Other pro players across titles like Overwatch threatened to boycott the company, while fans started the #BlizzardBoycott hashtag.

The ban, and Blizzard’s much-criticized non-response to the whole situation, even drew the eye of several US Representatives and members of Congress, who penned a bipartisan letter to Activision Blizzard condemning their actions.

WikicommonsKonami has not, as yet, followed in NetEase’s footsteps to remove Ozil from western release of PES 2020.

While Blizzard eventually reinstated Blitzchung’s prize money, and reduced his hefty ban from the circuit to just six months, it doesn’t look like there are any plans for Özil to return to the 2020 release of PES, especially considering it’s China only.

PES fans should keep their eyes on the news, however. If NetEase wants to put pressure on Konami to bump Özil from the game, the 31-year-old midfielder may find himself disappearing from the world of PES entirely.

Call of Duty

NICKMERCS reveals big change to make Mac 10 Warzone loadout even more OP

Published: 18/Jan/2021 14:32

by Jacob Hale


Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff is one of the biggest names in Warzone right now, and his Mac 10 loadout is imitated across Verdansk — but he’s made a pretty big change to it.

Since Warzone and Black Ops Cold War integrated with one another in December, the Mac 10 has quickly become a go-to weapon in Warzone, an easy-to-control SMG that really packs a punch.

Pair it with a top ranged weapon such as the DMR, CR-56 AMAX, or Kar98k and you’ve got a loadout that is perfectly suited to battle royale.

NICKMERCS’ Mac 10 loadout has become the standard for the weapon, but he’s now made a big change to it, and you can bet this will catch on sooner rather than later.

The Mac 10 is a formidable force in Verdansk.

NICKMERCS new Mac 10 loadout

NICKMERCS has kept his Mac 10 almost exactly the same as what it was before, barring one major change: the Ammunition used.

“I swapped out the Drum Mag for the Fast Mag,” he revealed in his January 17 YouTube upload. “You know, to add a little extra speed.”

The Salvo 53 Rnd Fast Mag offers the same increased clip size but with an even faster reload speed than the STANAG 53 Rnd Drum. It does reduce the ADS time further than the STANAG, but as Nick says, it lets him play even faster than usual. This will be especially helpful when taking on multiple enemies in a short time span, making sure the likelihood of dying while reloading is minimal.

Elsewhere, all of the other attachments are exactly the same. Here’s a rundown of what he uses:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 9
  • Barrel: 5.3” Extended
  • Stock: Wire Stock
  • Underbarrel: Patrol Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 53 Rnd Fast Mag

Most players would probably also opt for the Agency Suppressor rather than the Muzzle Brake on the Mac 10, but it’s clearly working out for Nick.

We would recommend trying out the Fast Mag Nick uses, especially in team games rather than just solos, but whether this impacts the meta at all remains to be seen.