On October 8, video game developer Blizzard banned virtual card game fire plate player Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung for expressing support for demonstrators from Hong Kong during a live stream. Since then, Blizzard has banned three students and temporarily suspended several people in a Twitch chat to show support for the protests.
Follow the developments in the story stream below after Blizzard became a member of a list of companies that came under fire from users, activists and legislators for moderating support for the protests. Some critics view the move as an agreement with the Chinese government, and both Apple and the NBA have experienced similar allegations.
These incidents have led to expressions about limiting freedom of expression and expression and have fueled the all-too-known debate about whether politics should be kept out of play, sport or anything else. It is speculated that US-based companies are trying to appease China by this kind of moderation and it seems to be motivated by profit.