Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says the company will not punish “Fortnite” players who choose to comment on politics or human rights.
Sweeney’s statement comes as Activision Blizzard faces a massive backlash for punishing an esports competitor from Hong Kong.
Chung Ng Wai, the esports competitor better known as Blitzchung, shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” in Chinese during a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored “Hearthstone” tournament in Taiwan.
Blizzard responded by stripping Blitzchung of his prize money and barring him from “Hearthstone” competitions for one year. Blizzard said Blitzchung’s comments had violated the competition rules by damaging the company’s image.
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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said his company will support players who choose to speak about politics and human rights, an apparent dig at Activision Blizzard, the major video game publisher that punished a player in Hong Kong after he called for the territory’s liberation.
“Epic supports everyone’s right to express their views on politics and human rights,” an Epic spokesperson said in a statement. “We wouldn’t ban or punish a Fortnite player or content creator for speaking on these topics.”
Sweeney shared the same message from his personal …read more
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