Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, but companies like Blizzard and Riot are silencing gamers who speak up about their own political oppression. Sign our petition to tell Blizzard and other game companies, "Support free expression for gamers everywhere we play."
We’re asking all game publishers and developers to assure gamers everywhere that they are free to express essential thoughts, beliefs, and personal experiences without fear of punishment. Take a look at the list below to see whether your favorite game publishers support your freedom, or whether they may put you at risk. Then hit the tweet button to let these companies know what you think about this important issue.
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On November 1st and November 2nd, hundreds of gamers descended on BlizzCon to protest Blizzard’s unfair censorship. Together with Freedom Hong Kong, Hong Kong Forum Los Angeles, and countless volunteers, we handed out over 4,000 t-shirts to BlizzCon attendees. We heard speeches from members of the American University Hearthstone team that Blizzard banned for their peaceful act of political protest. We hosted a cosplay contest. We took pictures. We chanted. And we made headlines around the globe, as media outlets like the New York Times, Kotaku, and ESPN reported on our movement.
Blizzard may not believe in its own corporate values. But we do. We believe that every voice matters, so we speak up for those who are being silenced. We think globally, so we support our fellow gamers around the world who are living in fear of political persecution. We are leading responsibly by organizing acts of peaceful political protests. And we'll keep fighting until Blizzard makes this right, because we believe that our world is worth fighting for.
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Immutable — the studio behind card game Gods Unchained — offered to pay for Ng Wai Chung’s lost tournament winnings, and granted him free entry into their upcoming $500K tournament. So if you’ve been playing Hearthstone, why not try out Gods Unchained instead? And if you’ve been playing other games developed or published by Activision Blizzard, consider trying a better, more ethical alternative:
I've received a lot of questions from the press and everyone so I wrote this information sheet. I'm happy to answer specific questions but this is a pretty thorough analysis of the recent events. https://t.co/nShzTwIIuU— Casey Chambers (@Xcelsior_hs) October 23, 2019
Gamers everywhere keep trying to tell @Blizzard_Ent something very important. So why isn't #Blizzard listening? #BoycottBlizzardhttps://t.co/quGt9oE0Rq— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) October 19, 2019
Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party. No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck. https://t.co/rJBeXUiwYS— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) October 8, 2019
Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions. China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally. Implications of this will be felt long after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone. https://t.co/Cx3tkWc7r6— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 8, 2019
Not everyone at Blizzard agrees with what happened.— Kevin Hovdestad (@lackofrealism) October 8, 2019
Both the "Think Globally" and "Every Voice Matters" values have been covered up by incensed employees this morning. pic.twitter.com/I7nAYUes6Q
BlizzCon may have a Hong Kong protest: @fightfortheftr is calling for an umbrella protest of gamers, redditors and freedom activists.— Gene Park (@GenePark) October 11, 2019
"They have no idea what kind of Internet shitstorm they've unleashed."
Press release here: https://t.co/8UMP0CJz7p pic.twitter.com/SNpXoEXAJp
I've been a Blizzard fan most of my life. I started playing Vanilla when I was around 11. I will not support a company that Kowtows to a Communist Regime. You're an American Company, Fucking act like it @Blizzard_Ent #BoycottBlizard— Grim🎃 Darhk (@Grimdarhk) October 9, 2019
Blizzard is now censoring their forums for anyone voicing concern about the situation. #BoycottBlizard pic.twitter.com/VZtcRrD1QY— TheAlephNull (@ChthonicHydra) October 9, 2019