While the aftermath of Blizzard's punishment of a Hearthstone professional who expressed his support for Hong Kong protesters in a live interview continues, video game companies and sports organizations have warned players and staff not to release any political statements on recent events ,
] Last night, League of Legends developer Riot, which belongs to Chinese technology giant Tencent, issued a statement reminding its casters and professional gamblers "not to discuss any of these issues in the air."
"Our decision also reflects that we have employees and fans of Riot in regions where there has been (or is a risk) political and / or social unrest, including places like Hong Kong," said one on Twitter
"We believe that we have the responsibility to do our best to ensure that statements or actions on our official platforms (intended or not) pot do not escalate into particularly sensitive situations.
A message from John Needham, global leader of League of Legends Esports pic.twitter.com/5Au9rE7T86
̵1; lolesports (@lolesports) October 11, 2019 The statement from Riot comes when The League of Legends World Cup 2019 will come to Berlin, where the group stage of the tournament will be held, where teams from all over the world compete against each other in the MOBA Hong Kong is represented by Hong Kong Attitude China has three teams: Invictus Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix and Royal Never Give Up, representing Taiwan's J Team and ahq e-Sports Club.
Meanwhile, ESL, CEO of the world's largest escort company, warned employees against discussing protests in Hong Kong on its social platforms.
Hong Kong Free reports press, ESL co-founder and co-founder Ralf Reichert sent a message to more than 700 employees of the Germany-based company, focusing on the youngest Events related. In it, Reichert said: "As a globally active company in many countries of the world, of course, we refrain from political discussions and set the best example by living our values.
" Therefore, we would like to suggest that you do not participate actively the discussion, especially in the social media. "
ESL announces in September that it will partner with Huya, a Tencent-sponsored Chinese streaming service. Unlike Riot and ESL, Fortnite manufacturer Epic Games, part of Tencent, has the opportunity to voice their opinions.
"Epic supports Everyone has the right to voice their opinions on politics and human rights," Epic said in a statement to The Verge. " We would not prohibit or punish a Fortnite player or content creator for speaking about these topics.
The testimony comes after a tumult One week for the video game industry, where Blizzard was attacked by fans, politicians and even their own employees because they had imposed a harsh penalty on a pro-Hearthstone player, who in one
The interview has sparked a chain reaction currently being carried out by video game companies doing business in China, and China's importance to the financial success of Western publishers is clear long before the next protest and perhaps inevitably before the next ban?