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Mitsubishi won't sponsor Blizzard after recent controversies

Blizzard is now losing sponsorships following recent controversies tied to the Blitzchung debacle.

We have reported several times about Blizzard's treatment of the professional Hearthstone player Chung Ng Wai. He expressed his support for Hong Kong (which is his hometown) in the protests against the oppressive Chinese regime and got an unreasonably hard penalty for this.

Blizzard has rules about keeping politics out of professional gaming but has let things slide in the past and also after this event, which got many people suspecting that it was China that put the pressure on Blizzard to strike down on Chung Ng Wai. This led to severe protests and Blizzard was later forced to reduce the penalty, but the damage was already done, and now a new blow because of this has been delivered to Blizzard.

This time, The Daily Beast reports that Mitsubishi Motors Taiwan has decided to remove their sponsorship from Blizzard as a response to all this, but has declined to deliver any further comments.

Daily Beast also noted that Blizzard's president J. Allen Brack has stated:

"The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision."

Unfortunately for Blizzard, not many people seem to believe this. Not even their own employees who held a strike because of this, with one employee saying:

"I think that it's a flat-out lie that our relationships in China had nothing to do with the decision."

We assume the last hasn't been said on this topic yet. Has your view of Blizzard changed since all this started and how?

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