Blizzard President explains why Blitzchung ruling was “immature” - Dexerto

Blizzard President explains why Blitzchung ruling was “immature”

Published: 12/Nov/2019 1:02 Updated: 12/Nov/2019 4:09

by Isaac McIntyre


Hearthstone star, “immature” and “challenging.”

Blitzchung was initially hit with a year-long ban, and had two seasons of prize money rescinded, for publicly declaring support for Hong Kong during the Hearthstone Grandmasters, before having it stripped back to just six months.

Weeks later, Blizzard’s president stepped in front of hundreds at BlizzCon 2019 and apologized for how the company handled the situation, promising to “do better moving forward” and calling on fans to hold them accountable through their actions.

Now, Brack has opened up on his own thoughts on the banning and Blizzard’s reaction, and admitted to the Esports Observer that the company showed “some immaturity” in dealing with what quickly spiraled into a global issue.

“We have some immaturity as an organization in terms of how to think about (this) and how to deal with it,” Brack admitted. “No one had any idea this was going to blow up to be an international incident that it has become. It’s been a challenging month for sure.”

Esports ObserverBrack has revealed his thoughts on Blizzard’s response to the Blitzchung controversy.

While the ban for Blitzchung — and the casters who had attempted to duck behind their desk during the post-match interview — came down in just a matter of days, Brack admitted he would have “taken more time” if he could live the moment through again.

“We should have paused, we should have been more thoughtful about it, and we should have taken some time,” he said of the speed of the punishment.

“And then tried to think about how do we want to move forward, and what’s the five-year decision as opposed to what’s this decision? What are the principles that we want to establish for the next five years? That didn’t happen.”

“When I think about what I’m most unhappy about, it’s two things,” Brack said in his BlizzCon apology. “The first one is we didn’t live up to the high standards that we set for ourselves.

“And second, we failed in our purpose. And for that I am sorry, and I accept accountability. We will do better going forward. But our actions are going to matter more than any of these words.”

Activision BlizzardBlizzard’s celebrations at BlizzCon were overshadowed by the Hong Kong controversies.

Brack also clarified a number of things following his statements at BlizzCon: that the six-month ban would stand for Blitzchung, that players are still allowed to use social media to discuss politics, and that Blizzard’s infamous Weibo post which suggested the ban was aimed at “defending the pride” of China was not approved by the company’s US offices.

“We did not authorize it,” he told PC Gamer. “We would not have approved it had they asked.”

And now, Blizzard has a long way to go to redeem themselves in the eyes of the Western audiences that turned on them following the bannings and statements. Protests across BlizzCon already showed that people aren’t planning on dropping the issue.

Brack said he knows this, and admitted that the whole US division understands completely that they have a long path ahead of them to if they want to make things right.

“There’s some work for us to do, to align rules and to think through all that and think about how we’re going to handle this going forward,” he said. “But this… it’s the first time for us, really. And so it exposed some immaturity for sure.”

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Best Type 63 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 25/Nov/2020 11:09

by James Busby


The Type 63 is capable of dishing out some incredible damage thanks to its methodical firing pattern and excellent precision. Here are all the attachments you should be using when running and gunning with the Type 63. 

If you’re a fan of Black Ops Cold War’s Tactical Rifle class or a player that prefers a more methodical approach to combat, then the Type 63 is one weapon you’ll want to focus on leveling up. While burst fire weapons like the M16 and AUG continue to dominate the game, there have been a number of players picking up this reliable rifle. 

Despite its slower rate of fire, this tactical rifle is capable of killing an enemy in just two shots (one body shot and one headshot). The Type 63 is a great option for those that want the damage of a sniper, but wish to be more active in their playstyle. If you have a good trigger finger and decent aim, you’ll definitely want to add the Type 63 to your collection. 

In order to help you get the most kills with the Type 63, we’ve put together a loadout that you can use to crush the competition.

Best Type 63 loadout

Type 63
Activision / Treyarch
The Type 63 is one of the most lethal weapons in the entire game.

Here are the best attachments you can use on your Type 63 in Black Ops Cold War, filling every slot thanks to the Gunfighter wildcard:

  • Millstop Reflex 
  • Spetsnaz Compensator 
  • 18.3” Strike Team
  • KGB Target Designator 
  • Spetsnaz Ergonomic Grip
  • 30 RND
  • Gru Elastic Wrap
  • KGB Pad

While you can still make a decent Type 63 loadout without the extra three attachment slots given by the Gunfighter wildcard, the extra kit makes this build extremely comfy. First up is the Millstop Reflex. This is one of the only optics available that doesn’t clutter the screen or provide a great deal of magnification. 

While the 2.0x and 4.0x optics may give you greater precision on the game’s larger maps and modes, the vast majority favor close-quarter engagements. This is also why the 18.3” Strike Team barrel has been chosen. This handy attachment increases your fire rate by 11%, allowing you to get out more shots onto the target. 

It also increases your damage by 9%. While this may seem like an incremental increase, it does make a noticeable difference when combined with a higher rate of fire. To alleviate the Type 63’s horizontal/vertical recoil, we’ve attached both the Spetsnaz Compensator and Spetsnaz Ergonomic Grip.

Type 63 stats
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The Type 63 may not be the most popular gun, but its high DPS makes it a worthy pick.

These attachments make the Type 63 incredibly accurate across all ranges, allowing you to beam opponents with laser-like precision. The bullets will always form in a tight circle around your target, so there’s no need to wrestle with any recoil. Simply point and shoot. 

As you may know by now, visibility in Black Ops Cold War can be rather poor. Even if you follow our visibility guide, there will still be times where you get caught out by pesky head glitches. Fortunately, the KGB Target Designator adds 60% Reveal Distance when aiming down sights. 

The Gru Elastic Wrap is one of the most important attachments as it increases ADS time (30%), Flinch Resistance (90%), and enables aiming while going prone. Combine this with the Sprint to Fire and additional Aim Walking Movement Speed of the KGB Pad, and you have an incredibly mobile rifle that is capable of blistering fast kill times. 

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