[News] Blizzard's Official Response - "Regarding Last Weekend’s Hearthstone Grandmasters Tournament"
  • some lame attempt at damage control before blizzcon
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  • tldr:
    • blitzchung's suspension down from 12 -> 6 months. Same goes for casters
    • blitzchung gets his prize money.
    • quote: " Our relationships in China had no influence on our decision"

      No actual apology. He seems adamant that Blizzard has acted according to their rules (even though the rules themselves are really generic). Redditors are seething as usual.
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  • quote: " Our relationships in China had no influence on our decision"
    yeah i'm fucking sure
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  • Now that I think about it, I'm not sure what I'd do if I were Blizzard's CEO. Should I:

    - Put out a statement saying "sorry, we screwed up" and revert the punishment? Surely my Chinese investors won't let that slide. This is a profit-driven company after all

    - Remain adamant that the punishment was correct, and we did it because we do NOT want politics on our platform? This does not look good on the PR side.

    So now my only option is to stay balanced between both sides, by reducing the suspension time and giving back the prize money, plus reiterating that "rules are rules and if you don't follow them, here are the consequences." It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation
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  • the answer is not to compromise on morals and toe the line of chinese censorship.


    i understand it's a for-profit company, and the CEO has a moral obligation to shareholders to maximize profit, but still. fuck em.


    some things should not be compromised on for profit. justify it by saying 'the damage to the reputation of the company in the eyes of western audiences if not worth the short term financial gain'


    i'm sure google has a profit incentive to develop image-recognition technology for chinese military use. as far as I know, they have yet to do so, even though it would potentially bring in serious short-term profits.
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