Published: Wed, October 16, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Blitzchung has "no idea" if he’ll return to competitive Hearthstone

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Controversial "Hearthstone" player Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai has spoken up about Blizzard's lowering of his suspension period from one year to six months.

Blizzard's response was swift and, its critics claim, heavy-handed: The stream was cut and Chung was ejected from the competition, made to forfeit around $10,000 in winnings, and banned from competitive play in Blizzard games for 12 months. We now believe he should receive his prizing. Once again, I appreciate for their reconsideration on this.

Chung said Blizzard had explained its decision to reduce his punishment via a phone call, a move he said he appreciated.

Blitzchung seems grateful to Blizzard for reconsidering its decision, but still considers the six-month ban is too long, and he wishes the company to reconsider its firing of the two casters who hid behind the desk when he expressed his support for the Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung wore a facemask meant to draw attention to China's anti-facemask law for protestors.

On the finish of his successful match, Ng Wai placed on a masks, which is at the moment banned in Hong Kong, and shouted, 'Liberate Hong Kong!

After a week of backlash from players, employees, and United States politicians, the California-based unit of Activision said Ng Wai Chung will be given the prize money he was stripped of and have his ban from competing in tournaments halved to six months.

On Saturday, Blitzchung published a personal statement in which he said he was "grateful" to Blizzard for reconsidering its stance, adding that he has "no idea" if he'll keep playing competitive 'Hearthstone'.

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He also accepted Blizzard's decision on both his cash prize and his suspension, but says that "six months is still quite a lot to me".

Many people has been asking me if I accept the latest decision of Blizzard, I will discuss that on two parts.

Allen Brack has said the "specific views expressed by Blitzchung" were not a factor in the firm's decision to ban him, but also denied the firm's Chinese connections.

Chung closed out his comments by saying he was not sure if he would continue to compete in the Hearthstone circuit.

The past few months have been very challenging for Team Hong Kong, according to the organization. He said he plans to use the period in between to take a break and contemplate on whether he should still participate in the competition scene or not. Hearthstone changed my the way I live, I really love this community. "'#BoycottBlizzard" trended across social media channels as a result of players refunding and cancelling game subscriptions, and even Blizzard employees took a stand against their employer.

Responding to Blizzard's announcement, Blitzchung penned a personal statement via Twitter. In the statement issued by the developer and publisher, it justified its actions because his comments were, 'engaging in any act that, in Blizzard's sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image'.

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