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  1. #1461
    Quote Originally Posted by Jshadowhunter View Post
    they put themselves into a PR nightmare by just focusing everyone's attention on their censoring
    Auto-filtering spam (which is what I assume is going on) in Twitch chat isn't a "PR nightmare," any more than auto-filtering random links, ascii spam, and shit fuck cunt bitch faggot etc, are. And it's only an issue because of the aforementioned youtube outrage-merchants.

  2. #1462
    Quote Originally Posted by Ihavewaffles View Post
    If eSports want to be taken seriously, they like Sports have to keep politics out, people tune in to take a break from politics, and athletes compete on equal opportunity regardless of what their respective governments do, they compete as individuals
    I don't think you actually watch pro sports, and you certainly don't watch world wide sports like the world cup or Olympics lmao.

    Sports keeping politics out, nice joke mate. Sports where literally invented to be political.
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  3. #1463
    For anyone wanting to be updated on China news.
    Really depressing

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  4. #1464
    Weird...Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters

    Members of the House and Senate panned both Apple and Acitivison Blizzard over actions they said suppressed “criticism of the Chinese government in hopes of gaining higher profits.”

    Apple has come under fire for its decision to remove from its app store HKMap.live, a volunteer-run crowdsourced app that tracts the protests in Hong Kong.

    Activision Blizzard has also drawn criticism for suspending Hong Kong-based player Chung Ng Wai from competing in esports for a year and revoking his prize money after he endorsed the pro-democracy demonstrations in a post-game interview.

    In a a separate letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick, lawmakers wrote: “As China amplifies its campaign of intimidation, you and your company must decide whether to look beyond the bottom line and promote American values—like freedom of speech and thought—or to give in to Beijing’s demands in order to preserve market access. We urge you in the strongest terms to reconsider your decision with respect to Mr. Chung.”

    Blizzard Entertainment, which is owned by Activision Blizzard, said it will would reduce Chung's suspension to six months and let him keep the prize money.

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    Damn, here I thought things were going away and then suddenly this appeared, lmao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    Weird...Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters

    Members of the House and Senate panned both Apple and Acitivison Blizzard over actions they said suppressed “criticism of the Chinese government in hopes of gaining higher profits.”

    Apple has come under fire for its decision to remove from its app store HKMap.live, a volunteer-run crowdsourced app that tracts the protests in Hong Kong.

    Activision Blizzard has also drawn criticism for suspending Hong Kong-based player Chung Ng Wai from competing in esports for a year and revoking his prize money after he endorsed the pro-democracy demonstrations in a post-game interview.

    In a a separate letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick, lawmakers wrote: “As China amplifies its campaign of intimidation, you and your company must decide whether to look beyond the bottom line and promote American values—like freedom of speech and thought—or to give in to Beijing’s demands in order to preserve market access. We urge you in the strongest terms to reconsider your decision with respect to Mr. Chung.”

    Blizzard Entertainment, which is owned by Activision Blizzard, said it will would reduce Chung's suspension to six months and let him keep the prize money.
    I kind of feel like Congress should have better things to do right now. I mean sure, it is bad and all, but frankly Blizzard can ban anything they like at their events, that is part of free speech too, even when they take the cowardly, profitable path. And frankly, banning something that can cause you to lose money sounds very much like American values to me.
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  7. #1467
    Quote Originally Posted by Thekri View Post
    I kind of feel like Congress should have better things to do right now. I mean sure, it is bad and all, but frankly Blizzard can ban anything they like at their events, that is part of free speech too, even when they take the cowardly, profitable path. And frankly, banning something that can cause you to lose money sounds very much like American values to me.
    To be fair, Cruz has spent plenty of time shitting on Kaepernick for exercising his freedom of speech, so it's not like he can't take time out of his busy schedule to be a dumbass.

  8. #1468
    Quote Originally Posted by Thekri View Post
    I kind of feel like Congress should have better things to do right now. I mean sure, it is bad and all, but frankly Blizzard can ban anything they like at their events, that is part of free speech too, even when they take the cowardly, profitable path. And frankly, banning something that can cause you to lose money sounds very much like American values to me.
    Blizzard can't have it both ways either, they can't be for

    EVERY VOICE MATTERS:
    Great ideas can come from anywhere. Blizzard Entertainment is what it is today because of the voices of our players and of each member of the company. Every employee is encouraged to speak up, listen, be respectful of other opinions, and embrace criticism as just another avenue for great ideas.

    and

    THINK GLOBALLY
    Everywhere on the planet there are people who play Blizzard Entertainment games. While respecting the cultural diversity that makes people unique, we strive to grow and support our global gaming community. We also seek the most passionate, talented people in the world to enrich our company and help us forge the future vision of Blizzard Entertainment.

    And
    LGBT Rights

    Then be against Someone Stating their Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Hong Kong.
    Americans are the Chinese of the west. The main reason people tolerate them is because they are too big to ignore.

    Bill Nye is not the GOP type of guy. He is a science guy. Trumpers think science is a lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_bushido View Post
    To be fair, Cruz has spent plenty of time shitting on Kaepernick for exercising his freedom of speech, so it's not like he can't take time out of his busy schedule to be a dumbass.
    I mean I am pretty sure being a dumbass is his entire schedule actually. It is a very busy schedule, but that is really the only thing on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by szechuan View Post
    Blizzard can't have it both ways either, they can't be for

    EVERY VOICE MATTERS:
    Great ideas can come from anywhere. Blizzard Entertainment is what it is today because of the voices of our players and of each member of the company. Every employee is encouraged to speak up, listen, be respectful of other opinions, and embrace criticism as just another avenue for great ideas.

    and

    THINK GLOBALLY
    Everywhere on the planet there are people who play Blizzard Entertainment games. While respecting the cultural diversity that makes people unique, we strive to grow and support our global gaming community. We also seek the most passionate, talented people in the world to enrich our company and help us forge the future vision of Blizzard Entertainment.

    And
    LGBT Rights

    Then be against Someone Stating their Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Hong Kong.
    Oh sure they can be. It is about whatever makes them the most profit. They aren't sincere about any of that stuff, some marketing exec just briefed that it tested well, and they ran it.

    I mean it isn't like Exxon-Mobil cares about the environment either.
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  10. #1470
    Quote Originally Posted by Thekri View Post
    Oh sure they can be.
    And that is why people are Heavily Criticizing Blizzard and Rightfully so.
    Americans are the Chinese of the west. The main reason people tolerate them is because they are too big to ignore.

    Bill Nye is not the GOP type of guy. He is a science guy. Trumpers think science is a lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by szechuan View Post
    And that is why people are Heavily Criticizing Blizzard and Rightfully so.
    Sure, fair game. I am all for shitting on blizzard for this if you want, that is a part of free speech too. I just don't really think it is Congress's business. It certainly isn't the worst thing Congress has done though, even if we are only talking this week.
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  12. #1472
    Quote Originally Posted by szechuan View Post
    And that is why people are Heavily Criticizing Blizzard and Rightfully so.
    Glad to see we agree on it.

  13. #1473
    Quote Originally Posted by szechuan View Post
    Blizzard can't have it both ways either, they can't be for

    EVERY VOICE MATTERS:
    Great ideas can come from anywhere. Blizzard Entertainment is what it is today because of the voices of our players and of each member of the company. Every employee is encouraged to speak up, listen, be respectful of other opinions, and embrace criticism as just another avenue for great ideas.

    and

    THINK GLOBALLY
    Everywhere on the planet there are people who play Blizzard Entertainment games. While respecting the cultural diversity that makes people unique, we strive to grow and support our global gaming community. We also seek the most passionate, talented people in the world to enrich our company and help us forge the future vision of Blizzard Entertainment.

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    LGBT Rights

    Then be against Someone Stating their Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Hong Kong.
    But do they though? Because, while they have no problem, to (rightfully) announce their support for LGTQ groups in the West... they are rather silent for it in the East. There is for example no russian translation for the "Reflections" comic.
    A comic, that is out since 2016? But hasn't really bother people.

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    Blizz really fucked up this time, didn't they?

  15. #1475
    Blizzard is here to bring unity during these politically divisive times.

  16. #1476
    This could be a blessing in disguise if this pressure causes Kotick to resign.

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    ....I'm slightly confused do the congress members not know that blizzard already reduced chung's punishment (they will give him the money he won and he will only be banned for 6 months instead of a year)? or is this their way of saying what they have already done isn't enough and that they need to void any punishment entirely...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinstorm View Post
    ....I'm slightly confused do the congress members not know that blizzard already reduced chung's punishment (they will give him the money he won and he will only be banned for 6 months instead of a year)? or is this their way of saying what they have already done isn't enough and that they need to void any punishment entirely...
    I think this is their way of saying "Look, we know about gamer stuff, vote for us please!"
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  19. #1479
    Quote Originally Posted by Thekri View Post
    I think this is their way of saying "Look, we know about gamer stuff, vote for us please!"
    This whole thing has been an exercise in (dare I say it?) virtue-signaling.

    But I wonder how many of the politicians who put their name to this believe that we should be finding a way to continue our mutually-beneficial trade arrangements with China despite the shit it does to its citizens.

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