Jeff Kaplan wants Blitzchung’s punishment ‘reduced more or eliminated’

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  • November 9, 2019
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When Hearthstone Grandmaster Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-match interview in October, Blizzard’s reaction was harsh: A year-long suspension from pro play, demotion from Grandmasters, and loss of all his season two winnings. Blizzard eventually eased up a bit, reducing his suspension from a year to six months and reinstating his winnings, but it was still a very serious penalty for one of the best Hearthstone pros in the world.

One very surprising critic of Blizzard’s handling of the situation is Jeff Kaplan, the high-profile director of Blizzard’s team-based FPS Overwatch. Kaplan told the Washington Post that he was relieved when Blizzard reduced Blitzchung’s suspension, and furthermore, he thinks it should be “reduced more or eliminated.”