Blizzard cancels major Overwatch event amid Hong Kong uproar


Just in the day one of Overwatch on Nintendo Switch, Blizzard has chose to cancel the launch event of the famous video game, scheduled for tomorrow in New York, as announced by the official account of Nintendo NY with a post on Twitter. Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Beck released a statement regarding the situation and it did very little to appease anyone.

Please be aware that the previously announced Overwatch launch event scheduled for Wednesday, 10/16 at NintendoNYC has been cancelled by Blizzard.

The studio announced the return of the annual Halloween event in a tweet alongside a very short video showing off a skeleton-like skin for Zenyatta. Fans of Overwatch have taken to perverting an iconic Chinese character, Mei, into a pro-Hong Kong character, complete with anti-Chinese sentiments and statements, to voice their distaste of the anti-Hong Kong stance that Activision-Blizzard has adopted.

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Neither Blizzard nor Nintendo gave a reason for the event's cancellation. While Blizzard has made some amends - shortening Blitzchung's suspension from one year to six months and giving him his prize money back - the fact that they're saying China had nothing to do with their decision has made many fans boycott Blizzard. Further, Blizzard had said its broadcast were exclusively for focusing on games despite previous broadcasts championing social causes.

The cancellation may work tomorrow but Blizzard won't be able to dodge this problem much longer. The event, which marked the launch of Blizzard's wildly successful competitive shooter coming to Nintendo's hybrid console, was meant to be held on October 16th at Nintendo's marquee store in New York City. I suspect not all of the protesters will remain outside the event.