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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Video Games of 2019

Welcome to the second part of our annual “Staff Picks,” in which the Ani-Gamers team selects some of our favorite anime, manga, and video games of the past year. This time we’re talking video games! As usual there are a lot of games to cover, and between our two contributors we weren’t able to play nearly as many of them as we’d like. This year saw two standout first-party Nintendo RPGs, including the first-ever original core-series Pokémon games on a home console, the long-awaited release of ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Video Games, Nintendo, Pokemon, Anime, Square Enix, Hideo Kojima, George R R Martin, Baba, Capcom, Hidetaka Miyazaki, David Estrella, Fire Emblem, Evan Minto, Resident Evil, Intelligent Systems

The Gamers Of The Year, 2019

Our annual list of gamers of the year is based on a simple premise: that the people who play video games are an integral part of overall gaming culture. In past years, we’ve honored gamers who’ve made news and, often enough, been a positive influence on gaming or the world at large. We do so again this year with a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Kotaku Core, Etika, Gamers Of The Year, Blitzchung, Arslan Ash

Blizzard apologized for its handling of the 'Hearthstone' Hong Kong controversy — but won't lift its ban on the pro gamer who spoke out in support of the protests (ATVI)

Blizzard Entertainment's president, J. Allen Brack, said over the weekend that he would "accept accountability" for a controversy involving a professional gamer who supported the protests in Hong Kong. Last month, Blizzard's parent company, Activision Blizzard, received a letter from a bipartisan group of US lawmakers accusing Blizzard of censoring the professional gamer Ng Wai Chung, known as "Blitzchung," to protect its business interests in China. Blizzard punished Blitzchung after he calle...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, Florida, Oregon, China, US, Trends, Marco Rubio, Activision Blizzard, Ron Wyden, Anaheim, Anaheim California, Hearthstone, Brack, BlizzCon, Democratic Sen

Blizzard apologized for mishandling the 'Hearthstone' Hong Kong controversy, but won't lift its ban on the pro-gamer who spoke out in support of the protests (ATVI)

Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Brack said he would "accept accountability" for a controversy involving a professional gamer who supported the protests in Hong Kong. Last month, Blizzard's parent company, Activision Blizzard, received a letter from a bipartisan group of US congress members accusing Blizzard of censoring professional gamer Ng Wai Chung, or "Blitzchung" to protect its business interests in China. Blitzchung was punished by Blizzard after he called for the liberation of...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, US, Trends, Activision Blizzard, Anaheim, Anaheim California, Hearthstone, Brack, Sen Ron Wyden, BlizzCon, ATVI, J Allen Brack, Blitzchung, Ng Wai Chung, Every Voice Matters

Blizzard's president admitted to fans that the company failed in its response to the 'Hearthstone' Hong Kong controversy

For the last month video game giant Blizzard has been at the center of a censorship controversy after it penalized professional "Hearthstone" player Chung Ng Wai — professionally known as "Blitzchung" — for expressing support for the Hong Kong protests. The penalty provoked massive outrage among fans and prompted copycat stunts from other players, who were also punished. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack told fans at the company's annual convention Blizzcon on Friday that the company had "fail...
Tags: Hong Kong, Elon Musk, China, US, Trends, Ted Cruz, League Of Legends, Anaheim California, Hearthstone, Brack, BlizzCon, J Allen Brack, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Blitzchung, Chung Ng Wai, Tencent Blizzard

Blizzard's corporate president publicly apologizes for bungling players' Hong Kong protests, never mentions Hong Kong

When Blizzard Entertainment ejected the Hearthstone champion player Blitzchung in retaliation for voicing a pro-Hong Kong message during a tournament, it kicked off a furious round of protests against the company, resulting in canceled events and more player action in support of the protesters. Today marked the opening of Blizzcon, the company's annual show/expo, and the Anaheim convention center was picketed by players who are furious with Blizzard's capitulation to Beijing. When J Allen ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Post, Business, Games, News, China, Blizzard, 612strike, Hongkongprotests, Blitzchung

Blizzard Sponsor Drops Partnership Over Hearthstone Player Banning

Blizzard’s banning of Hearthstone player Blitzchung has started to have fatal consequences beyond just backlash from consumers, as a sponsor has now dropped their partnership as a result of the company’s poor decision. Supposedly occurring two days after the banning of Blitzchung for his political comments, Mitsubishi Motors Taiwan is said to have cancelled their […]
Tags: Hong Kong, Business, Games, Politics, China, Blizzard, Anime, Cancellations, Hearthstone, Blitzchung, Mitsubishi Motors Taiwan

News Post: Modern Warfare

Gabe: I bought the new Modern Warfare long before all the Blizzard controversy. Personally I thought they made a terrible decision when they banned Blitzchung and and even worse decision when they lied about the reasons in their PR bullshit after the fact. I have been a Blizzard fan for decades but I think it’s very clear that this is not the same company it used to be.  With that said, I think that there are a lot of people at Activision/Blizzard who are just trying to make cool games and they ...
Tags: Comics, Activision Blizzard, Gabe, Blitzchung

Blizzard denies reports that it's banning Twitch viewers for pro-Hong Kong chat

Blizzard has denied reports it was banning Twitch users who expressed support for the Hong Kong protesters via chat. Twitch viewers complained that they had received 24-hour bans from the "Play Hearthstone" Twitch channel after typing "Free Hong Kong." In a statement sent to Polygon, Blizzard said: "We are not banning people from Twitch chat for specifically using pro Hong Kong speech or any other political statements," and said viewers were banned for spamming the chat with the same message. ...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, US, Trends, Tencent, Reddit, Esports, Activision Blizzard, Bucharest, Mei, Hearthstone, Brack, J Allen Brack, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Blitzchung, Chung Blitzchung Ng Wai

Rival US Politicians Join Forces to Condemn Blizzard Censorship

Blizzard’s acts of censorship at the behest of China have achieved the remarkable result of getting rival American politicians, including Republican Senator Marco Rubio and hard-line leftist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, to agree on something. A bipartisan group of lawmakers penned a letter condemning the company’s decision to ban Blitzchung, after the gamer offended the dignity […]
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, Usa, China, Censorship, US, International, Blizzard, Marco Rubio, Anime, Republican, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Blitzchung

Blizzard Suspended Three College 'Hearthstone' Players For Pro-Hong Kong Protests

An anonymous reader quotes the Verge: Blizzard has suspended three college Hearthstone players for six months after they held up a sign that read "Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz" while participating in an official competition stream. The ban, which was first reported by VICE Games, comes just over a week after Blizzard suspended a professional Hearthstone player, Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung for six months... Similar to Blitzchung's ban, the three college players didn't receive word about their b...
Tags: Tech, Blizzard, Hearthstone, Rod Breslau, Blitzchung, Ng Blitzchung Wai Chung, Collegiate Hearthstone, Casey Chambers, Kong Boycott Blizz

Blizzard bans 3 more 'Hearthstone' players for holding up pro-Hong Kong protest signs during a livestream

Blizzard risks triggering a fresh censorship furore after banning three more 'Hearthstone' players from participating in tournaments after the trio held up a sign supporting the ongoing Hong Kong protests. Casey Chambers, Corwin Dark and a third player who goes by the online moniker TJammer held up the sign towards the end of a livestreamed match – the sign read 'Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz.' Blizzard has been accused of trying to appease China after punishing tournament players voicing sup...
Tags: Hong Kong, Youtube, China, US, Trends, Blizzard, Activision Blizzard, Hearthstone, Blitzchung, Chung Blitzchung Ng Wai, Casey Chambers Corwin Dark, Free Hong Kong Boycott Blizz Blizzard, Tencent Chambers, Corwin Dark, American University They, Collegiate Hearthstone

Blizzard Continues to Ban Hong Kong Supporting Players

Following Blizzard’s ban of the Hearthstone player known as Blitzchung and after doubling down on their decision, the Chinese-supporting business has issued yet another, albeit delayed, ban for a different group of players for supporting Hong Kong. Players Casey Chambers, Corwin Dark, and “TJammer”, who are all part of the American University Hearthstone team, held […]
Tags: Hong Kong, Games, Politics, Internet, China, Blizzard, Anime, Esports, Bans, Hearthstone, Blitzchung, Ban Hong Kong Supporting Players, Hong Kong Players Casey Chambers Corwin Dark, American University Hearthstone

Blizzard Bans Three Student Gamers Over ‘Free Hong Kong’ Sign

PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty ImagesActivision Blizzard has suspended three collegiate gamers for expressing support for the Hong Kong protests and advocating for a boycott of the company. The three players—American University students identified by Vice as Casey Chambers, Corwin Dark, and one only by his handle TJammer—held up a sign that read “Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizz” during an official Blizzard broadcast of a tournament for the strategy card game Hearthstone. Now, they’re barred from the le...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, China, Blizzard, Tencent, Nba, Chambers, American University, Chung, Daily Beast, Blitzchung, Chung Ng Wai, Pro Hong Kong, AFP Getty ImagesActivision Blizzard, Casey Chambers Corwin Dark, Taiwan Blizzard

Blizzard suspends college gamers from competitive play after they display "Free Hong Kong" poster

Blizzard has suspended Casey Chambers, Corwin Dark, and TJammer -- American University Hearthstone team players -- for six months after the trio displayed a "Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz" sign in a streamed competition. The players were following in the footsteps of Blitzchung, a Taiwanese Hearthstone champ who was stripped of his title and denied his winnings after he expressed solidarity with Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement during a tournament. It's just another way in which Blizzard...
Tags: Hong Kong, Post, News, China, Blizzard, Chambers, Hearthstone, The Kids Are Alright, 612strike, Hongkongprotests, Blitzchung, Casey Chambers Corwin Dark, Free Hong Kong Boycott Blizz, TJammer American University Hearthstone, Blitzchung Chambers, Blizzard Bans Three College ` Hearthstone

Terrified of bad press after its China capitulation, Blizzard cancels NYC Overwatch event

Blizzard's cowardly decision to appease Chinese authoritarians by ejecting a champion player who expressed support for the pro-democracy struggle in Hong Kong has kicked off a global rebellion by the company's customers, who are furious that the firm has put its profits over an entire nation's right to self-determination and basic democratic freedoms. The decision to capitulate to China continues to exact a price from Blizzard: now, the company has canceled a much-ballyhooed Overwatch event...
Tags: Hong Kong, Post, Games, News, China, Blizzard, Overwatch, 612strike, Hongkongprotests, Blitzchung, Chung Ng Wai, Drawing Aggro, John J Edwards III Bloomberg

Overwatch on Switch was a dream come true. Then Blizzard abandoned its values.

Overwatch has finally arrived on the Nintendo Switch, but Blizzard's controversy over banning Hearthstone player Blitzchung makes celebration hard to justify.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, Blizzard, Overwatch, Nintendo, Hearthstone, Nintendo Switch, Blitzchung

Google's decision to remove a game that let users play as a Hong Kong protester has reportedly ignited a debate among employees (GOOG, GOOGL)

Employees at Google are fighting internally about the company's decision to remove a game from the Google Play Store that let users play as a protester in Hong Kong, Recode reported. Google removed the game last week, The Wall Street Journal reported. The debates are reportedly happening primarily on internal mailing lists at Google. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google employees are engaged in a company-wide debate on the pro-democracy Hong Kong protests, according to a...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Verizon, Hong Kong, China, Trends, Taiwan, Blizzard, Wall Street Journal, AT T, Recode, Memegen, Blitzchung, Shirin Ghaffary, App Store the Journal, Google Blizzard

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Booking Holdings has joined MasterCard, Visa, eBay, and others in withdrawing from Facebook's cryptocurrency project Libra. Facebook's deteriorating relationships with Libra partners, combined with intense scrutiny from lawmakers, leaves the future of the initiative uncertain. Mark Zuckerberg responded to reports that he's been hosting private dinners with prominent conservatives. Zuckerberg defended his off-the-record dinners,...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, China, Trends, Motherboard, WeWork, Libra, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Holdings, Amazon Alexa, Hearthstone, J Allen Brack

Blizzard cancelled an event at Nintendo's New York superstore amid a fan backlash to its Hong Kong controversy

Blizzard Entertainment cancelled an October 16 event in New York City meant to celebrate the launch of "Overwatch" on the Nintendo Switch. Blizzard recently became the target of boycotts and protests after punishing a professional gamer who spoke out in support of the Hong Kong protests at an official, sponsored event. Voice actors from "Overwatch" were scheduled to appear at the Nintendo Store in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza for a 90-minute meet-and-greet session. Visit Business Inside...
Tags: Hong Kong, New York, China, New York City, Trends, Blizzard, Overwatch, Nintendo, Voice, Activision Blizzard, Anaheim California, Hearthstone, Rockefeller Plaza, Nintendo Store, Nintendo New York, Blitzchung

3 reasons why Activision Blizzard punished an esports star for backing Hong Kong protesters

Activision Blizzard stripped a "Hearthstone" champion of his prize money and slapped him with a yearlong ban from competitions after he voiced support for anti-government protests in Hong Kong. The video game giant quickly scaled back the punishment following fierce backlash, and insisted its relationship with China didn't factor in its decision. However, it relies on local partner NetEase to operate in the key growth market, its games require regulatory approvals to be sold in China, and Chi...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Trends, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Tencent, Nba, Johnson, Sharks, Houston Rockets, Activision Blizzard, NetEase, Blitzchung, Chung Blitzchung Ng Wai, World of Warcraft Operations, Collister Johnson

Blizzard broke its silence to say China didn't influence its decision to ban a professional gamer from Hong Kong, but fans aren't buying it

Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Brack said the company's relationships in China were not a factor in the decision to punish Blitzchung, a professional gamer who spoke out in support of the Hong Kong protests during a Blizzard-sponsored event. Fans accused Blizzard of attempting to censor Blitzchung to protect its business interests in China, but Blizzard said the punishment was a direct consequence for drawing attention away from the video game tournament. Blitzchung and two commen...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Trends, Blizzard, Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, Hearthstone, Brack, Patrick Klepek, J Allen Brack, Blitzchung, Ng Wai Chung, Mark Kern, BlizzCon Hearthstone, Mei Ultimately Brack

The banned 'Hearthstone' gamer at the centre of a China censorship furore spoke out for the first time after Blizzard reduced his ban

The pro 'Hearthstone' player banned by US game giant Blizzard has spoken out after his ban from the 'Hearthstone' pro circuit was reduced from one year to six months, and his prize money was reinstated. Chung 'Blitzchung' Ng Wai was handed the ban after he shouted "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" during a live post-game interview at a 'Hearthstone' tournament, with his prize money also withheld. On Saturday, Blitzchung published a personal statement in which he said he was "gratefu...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, Oregon, China, New York City, US, Trends, Blizzard, Tencent, Chinese communist party, Activision Blizzard, Ron Wyden, Irvine California, Mei, Hearthstone, Brack

Blizzard says its ‘relationships in China had no influence on our decision’ to punish an esports athlete who voiced his support for Hong Kong protestors

Blizzard CEO J. Allen Brack has issued the company's first public statement since its decision to ban an esports competitor and withhold his prize money for making statements supporting the protests in Hong Kong at a Blizzard-sponsored event. The company has been accused of prioritizing its relationships with China rather than protecting the right to free speech, which Brack denied: "I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision." Brack said the company's rela...
Tags: Hong Kong, California, Oregon, China, Trends, Blizzard, Esports, Ron Wyden, Sen Marco Rubio, Allen, Hearthstone, Brack, Heartstone, J Allen Brack, Blitzchung, Chung Ng Wai

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Apple has been widely criticized for apparently kowtowing to Chinese censorship, removing an app that helps Hong Kong protesters track police, and news app Quartz from various App Stores. The firm u-turned on Wednesday and booted HKMap Live for "endangering" law enforcement, as well as news app Quartz. Tim Cook defended Apple's decision to remove an app that let protesters track the location of police in Hong Kong. Cook said the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Hong Kong, Cook, Instagram, Germany, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, George W Bush, World of Warcraft, Alexa, Bush, DeGeneres

These 6 tech companies have made the controversial decision to try to operate in China, where the government can demand social media posts be removed or search results be censored

China's "Great Firewall" of internet censorship blocks content that the government deems sensitive, including reports of political unrest and references to Taiwan as an independent country. US tech companies including Facebook, Twitter, and others are banned from the country. But some tech companies made the controversial decision to comply with China's strict standards in order to operate within its borders. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US and China are locked in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, Congress, China, US, Trends, Linkedin, Taiwan, Overwatch, Beijing, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Tencent

A coach in Blizzard's Overwatch League was told to delete a tweet condemning the company for censoring an esports competitor from Hong Kong

An assistant coach in Blizzard's Overwatch League was instructed to delete a tweet criticizing Blizzard's punishment of Hong Kong-based esports competitor Blitzchung, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. Blitzchung shouted "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age" in Chinese amid a post-match interview at a Blizzard-sponsored "Hearthstone" tournament in Taiwan on October 5. Blizzard responded by stripping Blitzchung of his prize money and barring him from "Hearthstone" competi...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, US, San Francisco, Trends, Taiwan, Nba, Dallas, Chinese communist party, Wyden, Houston Rockets, Dallas Morning News, Ron Wyden, Jayne, Morey, Hearthstone

Blizzard's former 'World of Warcraft' lead is boycotting the firm for punishing a ‘Hearthstone’ competitor who supported the Hong Kong protests

A prominent former employee at Blizzard has said he is boycotting the firm after it banned gamer Chung Ng Wai, a pro esports player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters in a post-game interview. Mark Kern is a video game developer who worked at Blizzard from 1997 to 2005, known for his work as team lead on hit video game 'World of Warcraft', as well as for producing 'Diablo 2' and 'Starcraft.' Chung Ng Wai is better known as Blitzchung online. During a post-match interview at Blizz...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, China, Trends, Blizzard, Tencent, World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard, Ron Wyden, Kern, Hearthstone, Diablo, Blitzchung, Chung Ng Wai, Mark Kern, Starcraft Chung Ng Wai

Blizzard’s China Kowtowing Has Fans Plotting to Get Overwatched Banned in China

Blizzard’s decision to ban and take back the prize winnings of Hearthstone player Blitzchung may have spelt their doom as the backlash has been rather significant, as players are trying to turn Overwatch character Mei into a symbol for Hong Kong support in an attempt to get the game banned from China. The chaos began […]
Tags: Hong Kong, Games, Politics, Internet, China, Censorship, Blizzard, Overwatch, Anime, Bans, Mei, Hearthstone, Blitzchung

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

About 30 Activision Blizzard employees staged a walkout to protest the company's 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 Ho...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, China, US, Trends, Taiwan, Chinese communist party, Wyden, Activision Blizzard, Ron Wyden, U S, Hearthstone, Hong Kong Umbrella, Umbrella Movement, ATVI, Blitzchung