An assistant coach in Blizzard’s Overwatch League was instructed to delete a tweet criticizing Blizzard’s punishment of Hong Kong-based esports competitor Blitzchung, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News.
Blitzchung shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age” in Chinese amid a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored “Hearthstone” tournament in Taiwan on October 5.
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.
On October 9, Justin “Jayne” Conroy, an assistant coach for the Dallas Fuel, criticized the severity of Blizzard’s punishment and called the punishment an act of censorship in a tweet that has since been deleted.
It’s unclear who told Jayne to delete the tweet in question — Blizzard, the Dallas Fuel and Jayne have not commented further on the situation.
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A coach for a Dallas-based esports team in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League was reportedly ordered to delete a tweet that criticized Blizzard’s punishment of a gamer supporting protesters in Hong Kong, the latest jolt to the league as it tries to navigate a contentious political issue.
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