Blizzard intervenes in the Hong Kong debate between Overwatch League players

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Probably in an attempt to avoid another PR disaster, the Blizzard fix things between league teams Overwatch in confrontation.



Blizzard has patched up relations between some of its Overwatch League teams following a dispute stemming from a player's comments about One China policy.

In a broadcast, Seoul Dynasty player Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park expressed his frustration at not being able to discuss Hong Kong and Taiwan independence while he is in the league. Overwatch. He claims he was once reprimanded by his team for only mentioning countries by name.

In a fan translation, Park is quoted as saying, “I can't call Taiwan, Taiwan. Taiwan is not a separate country. Hong Kong is not a country either. I can't say that. Can't say Taiwan and HK. No way. They don't recognize them as countries. I had a lot of trouble saying their names. "

Fonte: Overwatch League
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His disagreements with the rules continued: “I was sad about that. Like, fuck, make sense. What are you talking about, “One China”? I objected to this and all the managers said “if you want to earn Chinese money, you have to become a Chinese dog. "

Chinese teams Hangzhou Spark, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge and Shanghai Dragons formed a boycott of the player, refusing to participate in any games with him. Twitter user @gatamchun translated a statement from Shanghai Dragons, which laid out their demands: for all players not to challenge "China's sovereignty and territorial integrity", and for a blanket ban on political discussions of any kind. Although Park apologized for his comments, the statement went on to say that they didn't accept it.


SHD Van, on Weibo
My Chinese is ok (I took it for several years) but I am rusty so if anyone finds the translation iffy pls let me know pic.twitter.com/ThsXvpZwNt


— Anatal (@gatamchun) May 3, 2021

Finally Blizzard intervened . After conversations between the teams involved, all parties released statements confirming that matches would continue as normal. Nothing specific to Park's comments is mentioned in the statements, and it doesn't look like he was punished by Blizzard.

This situation was similar to the public relations disaster of 2019, in which the Blizzard suspended a Hearthstone player and fired two casters, after the player spoke out in support of Hong Kong independence during a tournament. 



The severity of the punishment was eventually reduced, with the player, Blitzchung, receiving his prize money and having his ban reduced from one year to six months.

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