Activision Blizzard has been mired in controversy since it punished professional Hearthstone player Blitzchung for his vocal support of Hong Kong. Seen as a move made to placate China, the decision to suspend and withhold money from Blitzchung was torn apart by critics.
As Hong Kong protesters fight for their continued autonomy from China, and as corporations across America cuddle up to an authoritarian Beijing government for money, Blizzard claims its actions had nothing to do with its own political relationships.
This is wrong. Even if Blizzard believes its decision was purely apolitical, it wasn’t. Regardless of reason, the message is clear and the context is obvious. Blizzard chose tyranny, plain and simple.