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【爐石戰記風波】暴雪退還獎金 否認因政治立場罰「聰哥」

2019/10/12 — 11:04

香港選手「聰哥」 Blitzchung

香港選手「聰哥」 Blitzchung

遊戲「爐石戰記」(Hearthstone) 早前舉行亞太區大師職業賽,人稱「聰哥」的香港選手 Blitzchung 受訪時戴防毒面罩高呼「光復香港」,被美國遊戲商暴雪娛樂 (Blizzard Entertainment) 指違反賽規,取消其及獎金及參賽資格 1 年。事件引起全球機迷反彈,批評暴雪侵犯言論自由,又指該公司向中國叩頭。今日暴雪發聲明,稱對 Blitzchung 的懲罰與他的政治立場無關。該公司又宣布,聽取玩家及員工意見後,將取消參賽資格期限從 1 年減到半年,並撤回沒收獎金的決定。

暴雪娛樂總裁 J. Allen Brack 署名的聲明強調,Blitzchung 是因為犯規而被罰,而不是因為該公司與中國的關係。他又表示,公司聆聽支持者與員工的聲音後,發現針對 Blitzchung 的決定太急、太狠,因此作出調整。除 Blitzchung 獲得「減刑」外,事件中負責訪問他的兩位賽評人,亦由原先被中止合作,改為暫定合作半年。

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訪問高呼「光復香港、時代革命」被罰

事件源於 Blitzchung 在比賽後,接受兩位台灣主播旁述的訪問,期間他戴著防毒面罩以國語高呼「光復香港、時代革命」。

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事件引起內地網民不滿,有微博留言表示「第一時間聯繫了官方。官方已經在處理了! 」

暴雪隨即發出聲明,指 Blitzchung 和兩位主播違規。Blitzchung 即刻自大師職業賽除名,被取消其於第二賽季所獲之獎金,並被剝奪參與《爐石戰記》相關電競賽事之資格 1 年。大會也中止與兩位賽評的合作。「爐石戰記」又在官方微博轉發聲明,表示強烈憤慨與譴責,「一如既往地堅決維護國家尊嚴」。

全球玩家不滿暴雪決定 觸發刪遊戲帳戶潮

事件發生後,不少網民呼籲杯葛暴雪,有網民表明不會再玩旗下遊戲。事件亦導致大量玩家刪除遊戲帳戶,以表達不滿。有人取消訂購新遊戲,亦有人在各個遊戲平台對暴雪的遊戲給「負評」。也有網民試圖令暴雪娛樂開發的射擊遊戲《鬥陣特攻 (Overwatch)》在中國被禁,有人在網上為其中一個遊戲人物「美靈」畫同人圖,把她穿上如香港示威者的裝扮,如穿黑衣、黑色口罩和頭盔,又寫上她「與香港站在一起」。

有份帶領團隊製作「魔獸世界」的遊戲設計師 Mark Kern,亦加入杯葛的行列。他在 Twitter 上表示,將不會再玩「魔獸世界」。他又表示,中國近年已成為遊戲行業是主要投資者,令中國在行內影響力日增。他批評,業界現在已任由中共資金操控美國原本的價值觀,並為中國審查遊戲內容,「如今遊戲公司正對自由和民主噤聲」。他指在暴雪工作時,公司一直堅持遊戲先行、不會貪婪,沒有想過暴雪如今也會向中國屈服,「我與香港站在一起,反對暴雪對中國明顯而可笑的恐懼」。

就連台灣總統蔡英文亦在 FB 回應事件,指每一位選手、教練、或是從業人員都會有自己的政治立場,也可能公開發表意見,不論喜不喜歡,這都屬於言論自由的範圍,「但如果因此就要將比賽停播、或是把特定選手除名,威脅大家只能有一種意見,這反而是所有球迷跟玩家的損失,我也不能理解這種恐懼言論自由的做法。」

「爐石戰記」是由暴雪娛樂開發的遊戲。暴雪娛樂曾經出品不少經典電腦遊戲,包括是「魔獸爭霸」、「暗黑破壞神」等。

暴雪娛樂 10 月 12 日聲明全文

Hello Blizzard Community . . .

I want to take a few minutes to talk to all of you about the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament this past weekend. On Monday, we made the decision to take action against a player named blitzchung and two shoutcasters after the player shared his views on what’s happening in Hong Kong on our official broadcast channel.

At Blizzard, our vision is “to bring the world together through epic entertainment.” And we have core values that apply here: Think Globally; Lead Responsibly; and importantly, Every Voice Matters, encouraging everybody to share their point of view. The actions that we took over the weekend are causing people to question if we are still committed to these values. We absolutely are and I will explain.

Our esports programs are an expression of our vision and our values. Esports exist to create opportunities for players from around the world, from different cultures, and from different backgrounds, to come together to compete and share their passion for gaming. It is extremely important to us to protect these channels and the purpose they serve: to bring the world together through epic entertainment, celebrate our players, and build diverse and inclusive communities.

As to how those values apply in this case:

First, our official esports tournament broadcast was used as a platform for a winner of this event to share his views with the world.

We interview competitors who are at the top of their craft to share how they feel. We want to experience that moment with them. Hearing their excitement is a powerful way to bring us together.

Over the weekend, blitzchung used his segment to make a statement about the situation in Hong Kong-in violation of rules he acknowledged and understood, and this is why we took action.

Every Voice Matters, and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to share their viewpoints in the many places available to express themselves. However, the official broadcast needs to be about the tournament and to be a place where all are welcome. In support of that, we want to keep the official channels focused on the game.

Second, what is the role of shoutcasters for these broadcasts?

We hire shoutcasters to amplify the excitement of the game. They elevate the watchability and help the esports viewing experience stay focused on the tournament and our amazing players.

Third, were our actions based on the content of the message?

Part of Thinking Globally, Leading Responsibly, and Every Voice Matters is recognizing that we have players and fans in almost every country in the world. Our goal is to help players connect in areas of commonality, like their passion for our games, and create a sense of shared community.

The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.

We have these rules to keep the focus on the game and on the tournament to the benefit of a global audience, and that was the only consideration in the actions we took.

If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same.

OK, what could Blizzard have done better, and where do we go from here?

Over the past few days, many players, casters, esports fans, and employees have expressed concerns about how we determined the penalties. We’ve had a chance to pause, to listen to our community, and to reflect on what we could have done better. In hindsight, our process wasn’t adequate, and we reacted too quickly.

We want to ensure that we maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all our players, and that our rules and processes are clear. All of this is in service of another important Blizzard value-Play Nice; Play Fair.

In the tournament itself blitzchung *played* fair. We now believe he should receive his prizing. We understand that for some this is not about the prize, and perhaps for others it is disrespectful to even discuss it. That is not our intention.

But playing fair also includes appropriate pre-and post-match conduct, especially when a player accepts recognition for winning in a broadcast. When we think about the suspension, six months for blitzchung is more appropriate, after which time he can compete in the Hearthstone pro circuit again if he so chooses. There is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.

With regard to the casters, remember their purpose is to keep the event focused on the tournament. That didn’t happen here, and we are setting their suspension to six months as well.

Moving forward, we will continue to apply tournament rules to ensure our official broadcasts remain focused on the game and are not a platform for divisive social or political views.

One of our goals at Blizzard is to make sure that every player, everywhere in the world, regardless of political views, religious beliefs, race, gender, or any other consideration always feels safe and welcome both competing in and playing our games.

At Blizzard, we are always listening and finding ways to improve-it is part of our culture. Thank you for your patience with us as we continue to learn.

Sincerely,

J. Allen Brack President of Blizzard Entertainment

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