Blizzard Entertainment, an American video game game based in Irvine, CA, suspended one of its top players and took away his prize money because the Hong Kong based player dared to speak out in support of the Hong Kong protests;

From the New York Times:

The world of e-sports had its own run-in with Chinese politics on Tuesday, when Blizzard Entertainment said it was suspending Chung Ng Wai, a Hong Kong player of the game Hearthstone, for a year and forcing him to forfeit prize money. Mr. Chung, who uses the name Blitzchung, had spoken out in support of the Hong Kong protests during a livestreamed interview.

The company said Mr. Chung had broken a rule barring players from engaging in any act that “brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages” Blizzard’s image.

He reportedly said, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” at the end of his livestream:

The Chinese company Tencent has a 5% stake in Blizzard:

Blizzard also fired two “casters involved in the incident”:

Did they even know what was going to be said?