Blizzard ended up in the eye of the storm after banning pro player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai from the tournament, accused of spending positive words on Hong Kong protests. The community rebelled against this choice and launched the hashtag #BlizzardBoycott, also supported by other players, caster and creator.
Blitzchung has been suspended from competitions and all his money prizes won during Season 2 of Hearthstone have been revoked. The reason? Damaging Blizzard’s image with his words in support of the protest. The community sided with Chung and the company even had to close its page on Reddit, overwhelmed by insults and threats of all kinds.
Now comes a new development, as the caster Brian Kibler has announced that in protest he will not take part in the Hearthstone Grandmasters scheduled this weekend: ” I never wanted to take a position on such topics but I always thought that being a public figure you also need to set a good example to make the world a better place. “
The presenter claims to have contacted his managers at Blizzard and told them he will not lead the Hearthstone Grandmasters finals: “I confirm that, unless there are sudden changes, he will have no role in the Hearthstone Grandmasters next weekend .”