The Takeaway: The Blizzard Boycott
What Happened:  For those still trying to work out what the White House actually said, this is a good breakdown of the facts.
The latest news in the ongoing culture wars?
What Really Happened: It's been a big week full of unexpected responses to China's reaction to the Hong Kong protests. Firstly, there's a face-off between China and the NBA after Houston Rocket's general manager Daryl Morey supports the protests on Twitter. (His tweet has since been deleted.) And then, there what … this.
"What's Hearthstone ?" you ask? World of Warcraft and Overwatch . Chung Ng Wai, a grandmaster and professional Hearthstone player who lives in Hong Kong, so it just stands to reason that he has something to say about the ongoing pro-democracy protests. Apparently, it was not something that Blizzard Entertainment Hearthstone wanted him to say.
Indeed, before too long, # BoycottBlizzard What trended the story started to break into the mainstream media in a big way.
The impact went against Blizzard had likely expected, as players, employees, and commentators stepped away in support of Chung Ng Wai. Meanwhile, things have not exactly gone better on the livestream.
Still, at least there's a sound business move on Blizzard's part in the grand scheme of things, right? I mean, a little outrage is one thing, but that would just drive publicity and engagement, would not it? Business would be booming?
As of this writing, Chung's suspension has not been lifted, but it's only a matter of time.