Blitzchung banned by Blizzard for pro-Hong Kong statements, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Wednesday October 9th. We’ve got some real meaty content to get through today, so let’s jump right in.

Blizzard bans Blitzchung for pro-Hong Kong statements

A few days ago, a Hearthstone Grandmasters event was held. One player, who goes by the name of Blitzchung, was interviewed after his win. In that interview, he was wearing a gas mask and goggles, and made the proclomation which translates to “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!” This is in reference to the current protests that are happening in Hong Kong against the Chinese government, which of course have become very brutal and a horrible example of systemic oppression. Well from a normal company this may have just been another day, but because its Activision Blizzard, Blitzchung has been removed from the tournament, and cannot participate in Heathstone esports for a full year. They claim that he violated section 6.1 of their rules, which state that no player can engage in an act which brings them into public disrepute, offends a portion of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard’s image. Not only was Blitzchung effected, but so were the two commentaters who were on screen at the same time, though they were very clearly trying to remove themselves from the situation. The actions from Blizzard here are absolutely abhorrent. This is obviously a clear case of them trying to stay on China’s side, where they make loads of money, which they’ve decided to put before freedom and democracy. It’s also worth noting that Tencent, a Chinese conglomarate that has often been accused of being a branch of the government, has a 5% stake in the company. Though of course, I can’t pretend to know how that relationship exists today.

PlayStation 5 announced for Holidays 2020

Sony has confirmed the Playstation 5, named as you expected, and also released as you expected, Christmas of next year. Apparently the new Dualshock controller will have something called haptic feedback, which is supposed to be more advanced than simply a rumble. As well, the triggers are now adaptive, so game developers can program the resistance of them, which would make things like drawing a bow really interesting. They ended their blog post promoting Death Stranding, Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima, so if you want to speculate, perhaps those will be cross-platform titles.

Doom Eternal delayed until March 2020

Doom Eternal, originally scheduled for release this November, has been pushed back to March of next year. The only other thing to really talk about there is that the Switch version will be delayed even longer, which is an unconfirmed time. Of course if you haven’t played the first DOOM reboot it’s often regarded as one of the best FPS experiences in the last decade, so many people will be excited for this new one to come out.

Call of Duty Mobile has best launch week of any mobile title everBli

Call of Duty Mobile has had the best first week launch of any mobile game to ever launch. That’s right, 100 million downloads in its first week, which is actually not all that much more than Mario Kart Tour at 90 million, but of course is significant nonetheless. According to Sensor Tower, PUBG mobile did 28 million, and Fortnite did 22.5 million, so big difference there. Who could’ve ever guessed that Call of Duty would break more records. I’ll see you in a month for the next one.

Hey that’s the news for now. Big thanks to Lucy for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, I greatly appreciate that. I’ll see you again tomorrow as usual and until then…Happy Gaming everyone!