I have played Blizzard games for 21 years.
[ Re-posting this, I also put it on Facebook, and the Overwatch forums where after a few hundred views, my forum account was banned until the year 3019. ]
I've played Blizzard games since 1998, I've put hundreds of hours of played time and sent hundreds of dollars to this company over the years (Played WoW for a long time), and I feel as though it was time and money well spent because they make great games that have brought me a lot of entertainment over the years.
However, upon learning of them banning Hearthstone player Ng Wai Chung for a year and taking back his $10k prize money, because he expressed support for the Hong Kong protestors, I have uninstalled all my Blizzard games (Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft 2).
You would think a company like Blizzard, who has done quite well for themselves under a democracy, would be more sympathetic to the cause of people fighting a tyrannical government.
Unfortunately that does not seem to be the case, which is why until they issue a formal apology to Ng and the community, and return his 10k prize money, Blizzard will never see another dollar of my money.
EDIT: I just wanted to add a few things I feel as though I should have mentioned from the start:
- I love Blizzard! I've genuinely respected them as a company for a long time, if we were talking about EA it wouldn't even be news (lol sry EA, I had to.)
- I get that Blizzard Activision the corporate entity isn't the same as Blizzard's awesome game developers that have been the ones delivering these amazing games. None of my frustration is with those folks!