Earlier this month, Hearthstone pro Ng Wai Chung – known in-game as ‘Blitzchung’ – was suspended by Blizzard following a post-match interview in which he expressed support for protestors in Hong Kong. If you’ve spent more than a few seconds on the gaming internet in the past few weeks, the fallout from the decision has been inescapable. As players mount their own protests of Activision Blizzard, Blitzchung is now streaming on Twitch: a game called Liberate Hong Kong.
Liberate Hong Kong is pretty much what it sounds like – a game where take on the role of a Hong Kong protestor as you attempt to avoid arrest. The game appears fairly simplistic, but Blitzchung’s hour-long Twitch stream this morning is obviously notable, and was advertised on the Hong Kong subreddit ahead of time.
This stream comes just one week before BlizzCon, and as Vice reports, online advocates are organising a day of action ahead of the convention. “We’re calling on every gamer to tweet and email their favorite developers, pros, and event sponsors,” Fight for the Future product director Dayton Young says.
“We’re calling on artists to send us art of their favorite characters supporting the protest. We’re calling on sponsors to pull out. And most of all, we’re calling on game developers to speak out in solidarity.”
Blitzchung has issued a statement since his suspension, saying that he understood his political statement could take attention away from the event he was participating in.
“I will be more careful on that and express my opinions or show my support to Hong Kong on my personal platforms,” Blitzchung says, and I suppose a personal Twitch stream certainly counts in that regard.