Blizzard cancels Overwatch live event at Nintendo World in New York

first_imgBlizzard cancels Overwatch live event at Nintendo World in New YorkLaunch event for Overwatch on Nintendo Switch cancelled amid hostility over Chinese censorship furoreHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterTuesday 15th October 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBlizzard EntertainmentNintendoWith Overwatch arriving on Nintendo Switch today, developer Blizzard Entertainment has cancelled its New York launch event at Nintendo World. The move comes amid growing dissent among fans after Blizzard suspended Hearthstone pro player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai over his post-match interview comments supporting Hong Kong protesters. Blizzard originally planned a live meet-and-greet with some of the game’s voice actors, but cancelled the event with only a day’s notice, offering no explanation. Since banning Ng Wai from professional play for 12 months, and confiscating his winnings, Blizzard has come under intense criticism from fans and commentators for it’s apparent support of Chinese censorship. However, the company has since dialled back its punishment of Ng Wai, reducing the ban to six months and returning his winnings from the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Blizzard has also denied that business interests in China had anything to do with its decision to penalise Ng Wai. These gestures appear to have done little to dampen the flames of hostility though, as digital rights non-profit organisation Fight for the Future is currently organising protests for BlizzCon.The protest is planned to take place outside the Anaheim Convention Center on November 1 — the first day of BlizzCon — at noon. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more