Co-Chief Excecutive of ESL has reportedly told his staff to avoid discussing Hong Kong
ESL is the world’s largest ESports Company. It is responsible for organizing most of the Competitive tournaments throughout the year. In September, ESL announced its partnership with Chinese Streaming Company Huya. Huya is part of the Chinese Mega Giant Company Tencent. Apart from this Huya also purchased US $30 million worth of ESL Shares. ESL wanted to expand its company marketing in China, and it has been quite successful.
HongKongFp asked ESL, if they were concerned about their Chinese market, and whether they respected free speech, a spokesperson replied saying “ESL maintains Social Media policies for staff”.
If you don’t know why companies are being asked about their connection to China, it is because of the recent outrage against Blizzard. Blizzard banned Hong Kong pro player “Blitzchung” after he said “liberate Hong Kong” on a tournament’s live stream. He was banned by Blizzard and his winnings were cancelled. The World flamed against this decision because they stood with Blitzchung freedom of speech. After a lot of criticism and protests, Blizzard decided to reduce his ban and return his winnings. A few days later, Epic Games and Riot also gave their respected statements on the matter. You can read everything about that in the following articles
Riot warns players and casters to avoid discussing “sensitive issues” during Livestreams
Blizzard will return Blitzchung’s money, the suspension is also reduced.
Protest against Blizzard keeps growing bigger, Epic Games speak.
World Protests After Hearthstone player banned over supporting Hong Kong Protests