Apple Sides with China, Ditches Hong Kong Protest Map App, Quartz News App

The protests in Hong Kong continue to spark tensions between China and companies that inadvertently support the local population with their products, or don’t disavow those who cause offense by voicing their support for the movement.

The most recent example is Blizzard, the US company that banned a few days ago Hearthstone player Bliztchung from the Grand Masters Tournament. Hong Kong player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung appeared on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream for his post-game interview wearing a gas mask, he lifted it and shouted, in Chinese “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!”

Blizzard’s penalty imposed on Blitzchung was incredibly harsh, as the US company announced he will be expelled from the tournament, including retroactively revoking the prize money he had earned throughout the season, and banning him from competing in events for a year. They al… (read more)

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