"I was relieved when they reduced their suspension," Kaplan said in a telephone interview on Friday. "And I think the lock should be more reduced or eliminated, but that's just me."
When Blizzard forbade flash, there was an overwhelming backlash. From congress letters to social media posts, politicians, players and even prominent former Blizzard employees expressed displeasure: not only did many viewers consider the punishment unfair, but they also feared that the studio would prefer its financial interests in China to freedom of speech ,
"I'm obviously a big proponent of freedom of speech, which is something that's very important to me," said Kaplan, "I personally noticed that I think the punishment was too harsh and I was very relieved when she did I think that was extremely important. "
It happened" way too fast "and was a shock to Kaplan. He said most of his staff, including himself, did not know about the incident until they saw news articles. As someone who is in regular talks about dealing with Overwatch League blocks and bans, he said that these decisions are usually tactfully and thoughtfully considered.
"We had to deal with a few of them. This usually takes four or five days to make the decision," said Kaplan. "There was always a group of us involved in deciding what the punishment should be, and we would strongly support every part of the decision. Therefore, I was shocked that such a harsh penalty was imposed. "
Brack told the fans Last week, Blizzard made the wrong decision, but did not overturn or further reduce the sentence.
" We have ours Making decisions too quickly, and to make matters worse, we were too slow to talk to them all, "he said at the time.
Kaplan is not the only Blizzard employee who disapproves of it Commenting on Blizzard's handling of the controversy, Hearthstone Game Director Ben Lee told the outlet in an interview with Kotaku that he thought the "initial decision was too harsh." However, Kaplan is the first Blizzard boss to do so publicly stated that he would like to cancel the suspension altogether.
Kaplan made it clear that he did not speak for the entire Overwatch department, saying that many i n his development team have different opinions on the situation.
"I think as an individual, we all have very different feelings about the Hearthstone tournament and lightning," Kaplan said. "We all react very differently."