The true loyalties of American corporations lie elsewhere, at least if you’re ESPN, the NBA, and now the video game company Blizzard Entertainment, which has joined the others in allying with communist China against the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
A cohort of gamers has come out publicly to condemn Blizzard after the company banned a Hong Kong gamer for expressing support for his country’s efforts to remain free from the grip of communist Chinese oppression.
According to reports, Blizzard suspended this Hearthstone tournament user, who goes by the alias of “Blitzchung,” after he yelled out during a recent interview, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!”
The Chinese censors that work for Blizzard were quick to take action against Blitzchung, removing him from the Grandmasters tournament and declaring him ineligible to receive any prize money. Blitzchung is also now suspended from Hearthstone Esports for an entire year for supposedly violating an official competition rule.
“We will also immediately cease working with both casters,” reads an official announcement from Blizzard, referring to the two hosts of the broadcast on which Blitzchung made his statement.
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Blizzard received a barrage of criticism on its Twitter account over the decision, including from a number of users who accused Blizzard of “bending over for communist China.”
Just like the NBA did with its censorship of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, Blizzard is silencing the voices of those opposed to Chinese authoritarianism – and people are noticing.
One reporter pointed out that Blizzard is acting hypocritically, seeing as how its company headquarters has a statue out front with the words “Every Voice Matters” emblazoned on the front of it.
Do all voices really matter at Blizzard, or only voices that support communist Chinese oppression? The answer is obviously the latter, as Blizzard carries the torch of globalism along with both the NBA and ESPN.
After Morey tweeted his support for the Hong Kong protesters, and was subsequently silenced by the NBA’s top dogs, communist China issued a statement in support of continued censorship of free speech, further demonstrating its hostility to America’s First Amendment freedoms.
“We strongly oppose Silver’s support of Morey on the basis of freedom of speech and we think any comments that challenge a country’s sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech,” China’s official state-run media declared.
The reference to Silver, here, refers to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who appeared to come to Morey’s defense by stating that he “is supported in terms of his ability to exercise his freedom of expression.” In other words, while the NBA may not agree with the Hong Kong protesters or Morey’s support for them, it does, at least, respect Morey’s free speech rights.
But communist China hates free speech – and because it holds a firm grip on many American corporations, they, too, are now opposed to free speech.
This would explain why Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and many other social media and tech platforms are also opposed to free speech: because it offends communist China and other leftist entities whose ideas can’t stand up to independent scrutiny.
“There are roughly 10 million people that play Blizzard’s ‘World of Warcraft,'” notes one Infowars commenter.
“At $160 per year subscription fee, that’s $1.6 billion per year in gross revenue for one game. That’s almost their entire yearly revenue. If those people were to stop playing WoW, Blizzard would go out of business.”
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