Last Sunday, the Ng player “blitzchung” Wai Chung caused a lot of fanfare due to his blazing streaming gesture, as a sign of solidarity with the protest that has been going on for weeks in Hong Kong.
Blizzard has issued an official statement regarding what Blitzchung has committed.
The punishment also appears very severe: he will not receive cash prizes for the Grandmasters season 2, he will be removed from the championship, as well as receiving a one-year ban. By the way, Blizzard will stop working even with the casters in the video.
Here is Blizzard’s answer: ” During the streaming of the Asia-Pacific Grandmasters last weekend, during a post-match interview, there was a violation of the competition rules, which involved Blitzchung and two casters, which has led to the removal of the VOD replay of the game. After further investigation, we found that the action violated section 6.1 (o) of the official Hearthstone Grandmasters Rules and is individual behaviour that does not represent Blizzard or Hearthstone Esports. “
Basically, the section of the regulation refers to actions that can ” offend a portion of a group of public or otherwise damage the image of Blizzard “. The resulting penalties are exactly those imposed on the player or the zeroing of the prize pool and the ban.
” We would like to re-emphasize the conduct of the tournament and the players within the Hearthstone export community by both players and talent. We support the right to express individual thoughts and opinions, players and other participants who choose to participate in our export competitions must respect the official rules of the competition. “
If the decision to punish the player can actually be correct, according to the rules, the fact of having fired the casters apparently could not be explained.
Instead, according to what has been clarified by many members of the community, the casters themselves would have encouraged and allowed the player to say the offending phrase.
Breaking: Effective immediately, Blizzard has removed Hong Kong Hearthstone player blitzchung from Hearthstone Grand Masters, rescinded all his prize money, and have suspended him from pro play for one year for his recent interview.
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) October 8, 2019