Blizzard Postpones Event In Taiwan Amid Hong Kong Protests
The company made an announcement on Facebook on Oct. 15, noting that the event originally scheduled for this weekend and will be held at a later date. World of Warcraft was released on Nov. 23, 2004. Blizzard didn’t give a purpose for canceling the occasion. Since posting, folks have flooded Blizzard’s Taiwanese World of Warcraft Facebook page with assist for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong a response that’s doubtless influencing the occasion’s cancellation.
Blizzard faced criticism internally and from fans after it suspended Hearthstone participant Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai for supporting Hong Kong demonstrators on an legit Hearthstone broadcast. Chung appeared on a circulate carrying a gasoline cowl a image of the protests — and shouted “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time.” Blizzard stripped Chung of the money he received in a recent event and suspended him for a year, however later shortened the suspension to six months and returned his prize.
This week, the company canceled its Overwatch on Nintendo Switch launch event scheduled to be held Oct. 16 at Nintendo’s New York City store. As with the World of Warcraft event’s cancellation announcement, people responded in support of protesters in Hong Kong.
Players and fans have since begun a boycott of Blizzard products, and others have started organizing protests for next month’s BlizzCon, the company’s annual fan convention in Anaheim, California. Protests continue in Hong Hong, with demonstrators now demanding “universal suffrage” in the region.