Some Blizzard employees reportedly walked out to protest dash for cash game a Hearthstone competitor who spoke up in support of the Hong Kong protests (ATVI)

ReutersAbout 30 Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout to protest the companys punishment of a Hong Kong-based esports competitor who made a political statement during a Blizzard event in Taiwan, according to a report from The Daily Beast.Blizzard has faced harsh criticism from fans and U.S. lawmakers for its decision to ban Hearthstone player Chung Ng Wai, better known as Blitzchung, from competition for one year and withhold the prize money he had earned.Blitzchung shouted Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age in Chinese amid a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored Hearthstone tournament in Taiwan.Blizzard responded by stripping Blitzchung of his prize money and barring him from Hearthstone competitions for one year. Blizzard said Blitzchungs comments had violated the competition rules by damaging the companys image.Critics have accused Blizzard of censoring free speech to appease the Chinese government.Visit Business Insiders homepage for more stories.A group of some 30 Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout to protest the companys punishment of a Hong Kong-based esports competitor who made a political statement during a Blizzard event in Taiwan, according to a report from Blake Montgomery of The Daily Beast.A photo shared with The Daily Beast and posted on Imgur showed several employees holding umbrellas mdash; an object that has become symbolic of the protests in Hong Kong.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why Apples Mac Pro trash can was a colossal failureSee Also:Fortnite creator says it dash for cash gameplayers for speaking out about politics, as Blizzard faces backlash and calls for a boycott after banning competitor for supporting Hong Kong protestsBlizzard is under scrutiny from lawmakers, gamers, and maybe even its own employees after punishing a Hearthstone competitor who voiced his support for protesters in Hong KongCalifornia-based game company Blizzard bans pro esports player and confiscates his prize money after he voices support for Hong Kong protestersSEE ALSO:Blizzard is under scrutiny from lawmakers, gamers, and maybe even its own employees after punishing a Hearthstone competitor who voiced his support for protesters in Hong Kong

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