Explainer: #BoycottBlizzard after Hearthstone player banned for Hong Kong protest statement

It all started with a gas mask worn during a live-streamed interview. Or perhaps the troubles began decades ago when the British handed Hong Kong back to China. 

In an unexpected combo, the gaming world and Hong Kong’s ongoing political turmoil came head to head this week.

Activision Blizzard, the company behind some of the world’s most beloved games, has suddenly become the most hated entity by gamers from all around the world. 

And it all stemmed from a single broadcast of an interview held after a Hearthstone match. 

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