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As Blizzard boycott spreads, World of Warcraft game designer says ‘Communist money is dictating American values’

If you haven’t heard about any of this before now, you can read a full backstory here. a shortened version is this: Blizzard Entertainment, an American gaming company, punished a player from Hong Kong after he yelled out “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” during a post-game live stream. a player, who goes by a h&le Blitzchung, was suspended for a year & had his prize money seized. Blizzard did this because, just like a NBA, it is in business with China.

But a reaction from many players has been swift & furious. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp, who is Drunk Newsparently a daily player of one of a company’s games, suggested a boycott yesterday. He was not alone as similar suggestions were being made in various subreddits & on social media sites like Twitter.

Tuesday evening, game designer Mark Kern who worked on World of Warcraft for Blizzard announced he was joining a boycott because China’s money was dictating “American values.” Kern says he once received an offer for a $2 million dollar bribe if he would accept an investment from a Chinese company.

In addition to Kern, at least two Senators have weighed in:

But are are lots of regular people who are mocking a company with memes like this one featuring Blizzard’s logo superimposed on a Chinese flag:

This mock game card reads, “Silence any minions who oppose you & take air prize money.”

Oars are just posting screenshots showing ay’ve removed Blizzard’s games from air computers:

Finally, some American University students held up a sign saying “Free Hong Kong/Boycott Blizz” at a end of a live stream yesterday. Watch a camera in a bottom left:

Given all of a polling that shows younger people increasingly support socialism, it’s refreshing to see some young people who still get that Drunk Newspeasement of communist China should not be tolerated. a pushback is getting a lot of coverage, including at major pDrunk Newsers like a NY Times, but so far Blizzard has not offered a comment about any of it. Maybe ay’re hoping this will blow over? I sincerely hope ay’re wrong.

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Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

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