Jeff Kaplan believes Blitzchung’s suspension should be reduced or “eliminated”

Just over a month ago, Blizzard suspended Hearthstone pro Ng Wai Chung, also known as ‘Blitzchung’, after he made a statement supporting protests in Hong Kong during a post-match interview. After public backlash in which players threatened to boycott Blizzard, the company reduced Blitzchung’s suspension, but that wasn’t enough for many observers – including some of Blizzard’s own employees.

Now, some prominent figures at Blizzard have started to offer more direct criticism of the company’s decision. “I was relieved when they reduced his suspension,” Overwatch director and Blizzard VP Jeff Kaplan tells The Washington Post. “And I think the suspension should be reduced more or eliminated. But that’s just me.”

Kaplan says Blizzard’s action against Blitzchung happened “way too quickly,” and says that similar actions in the Overwatch League usually take “about four or five days to make the decision. There was always a group of us involved in deciding what the punishment should be, and we would heavily devil’s-advocate every part of the decision. So I was actually shocked that such a harsh penalty was levied.”

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