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Blizzard fans call for boycott after publisher bans player for Hong Kong protest

Published: 8/Oct/2019 19:14 Updated: 9/Oct/2019 2:00

by Michael Gwilliam

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Some vocal Blizzard community members have been calling for boycotts of their products after Hearthstone pro Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai was suspended for supporting the ongoing Hong Kong protests. 

UPDATE: October 8 at 9:55 PM

#BlizzardBoycott trends on Twitter after growing backlash over the company’s decision to suspend Blitzchung for his comments supporting the protests in  Hong Kong.

Original story below:


During an interview at the GrandMasters tournament, Blitzchung wore a gas mask and stated: “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” – a popular slogan adopted by protesters in Hong Kong. Protestors in Hong Kong are demonstrating over the introduction of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill proposed by the Hong Kong government. This would allow local authorities to detain and extradite criminals who are wanted in countries like Taiwan and mainland China.

According to Blizzard, this was in violation of Section 6.1 (o) of the rulebook regarding actions that could damage the company’s image. As a result, Blitzchung has been suspended for a year and his prize money was reduced to $0. (Timestamp 35:00 for mobile users) 

The online backlash for Blizzard has been swift with many criticizing the company of going out of their way to appease the Chinese government.  Many online have claimed they are deleting Blizzard titles as a form of protest in solidarity with Blitzchung.

On Reddit, a player named Poobs87 said that he is quitting Hearthstone despite playing since 2014.

Player since 2014, I quit today. from r/hearthstone

The user, clearly enraged by Blizzard’s actions was awarded Reddit Gold for his post by another member of the site.

The post has 9.1K upvotes at the time of this posting.

I’ve played HS since early 2014. I’ve spent around £200 in the game and countless of hours. Today was my last day playing Hearthstone. from r/hearthstone

Quitting HS over this nonsense. This is about more than just Hong Kong. from r/hearthstone

In a different post, Redditor RetrospecTuaL said that he too has played since 2014, but this was his last day on Hearthstone.

Another post encouraged users to stop playing the game. The post – which is titled “Quitting HS over this nonsense. This is about more than just Hong Kong” – tells users that by continuing to play the game they’re supporting China and Blizzard’s actions.

I’ve been playing since beta. Good riddance. from r/hearthstone

A popular post with 2.4K upvotes accused Blizzard of only caring about the Chinese market.

UltimaterializerX said: “The censorship of art was bad enough. The censorship of human life is indefensible. Finding videos of what’s going on in HK is easy and I suggest everyone do so. It’s Tiananmen Square all over again.” 

The user went on to imply that if the comment was made about another politician, such as US President Donald Trump, Blizzard’s actions wouldn’t be as severe. 

Other companies have even taken shots at Blizzard for their treatment of Blitzchung. On Twitter, digital card game Gods Unchained revealed they would pay for all of his lost winnings and invite him to their $500,000 tournament.

The company added that they believe no player should be punished for what they believe and accused Blizzard of caring more about money than freedom. 

Blizzard have yet to respond to the backlash, but comments were disabled on the official Blitzchung ruling and moderators of r/Blizzard set the community to private

However, not everyone within the company seems to be on the same page. Former Blizzard employee and Guangzhou Charge social media person Kevin Hovdestad posted a photo of the “core values” outside the game studio’s office.

Both the “Think Globally” and “Every Voice Matters” values had been covered up. It’s unclear whether Hovdestad took the photo himself or if someone sent it to him.

It will be interesting to see what actions, if any, Blizzard takes to quell the controversy. 

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Valorant’s new Agent Yoru has a serious bug with his teleport ability

Published: 16/Jan/2021 21:00

by Alan Bernal

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Agent 14 has made a huge impact on Valorant in the early phase of Episode 2, but players are finding that his Gatecrash can actually deal damage to Yoru if they take the rift tether from high altitudes.

The Japanese dimensional rift walker was made for deep infiltration and essentially breaking through the frontlines via covert play or creativity with his sneaky ability kit. Unfortunately, some are finding that a strange interaction with his default E, Gatecrash, could spell doom for Yoru.

After placing the rift tether, you can reactivate the ability to teleport to that location. Essentially, Reddit user ‘AzdarLP’ saw that the game will count your falling damage based on how you entered the rift.

Meaning, if you jump before teleporting to a lower altitude on the map, the game will register the appropriate fall damage as you ‘land’ on the other side of the tether.

You get fall damage if you jump before using Yoru’s Gatecrash (this doesn’t happen if you don’t jump before using it) from VALORANT

In application, AzdarLP showed how it looks like when going from Split’s B Heaven into site. They let the Gatecrash rift tether move near the pillar of the site then jumped before reactivating the ability.

Upon landing, they had shaved off 20 HP from the short fall. That doesn’t seem to be an intended consequence of Yoru’s ability, as some theorized what could be going on behind the curtain.

“I’m not sure if anyone’s noticed, but the way his TP [teleport] works is it literally drags [Yoru’s character] model down, or to wherever his TP is,” user ‘Launchers’ said. “Sometimes, when on his team, you can see his model flying through the map lol.”

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A bug has been found with Yoru’s Gatecrasher ability.

The Valorant community is hoping this is the result of a bug, but we’ve seen a similar interaction with Omen’s Shrouded Step before where players would similarly take damage as they jump while teleporting to a lower lever.

Dexerto tested out the bug in the Firing Range, and at the right distance, you can easily get chunked down to 1 HP or worse as a result of the interaction.

It’ll be interesting to see if Riot patches out the apparent glitch since Yoru, in particular, is an incredibly agile Agent, this bug can deter from fast or creative play styles that early adopters have been showing.