Blizzard Chose Tyranny (The Jimquisition)


(steam hissing) (monster groans) (flame roars) ♪ We’re born different ♪ ♪ We’re born innocent ♪ ♪ We’re born perfect ♪ – I thought tyranny
would be more snappier, but that was after
Justin did these credits and he’s asleep now, so. (pops mouth) There we go. Because we’re talking about
the Hong Kong protests and the Blitzchung this week, I thought I’d wear a
mask like the protests and like Blitzchung did. But I didn’t think ahead
and get a proper one, so I’m wearing a “Halloween
III: Season of the Witch” mask. Big up democracy. Suppression of speech,
censor of the media, harassment of the journalists
and political activists. Secret arrests and closed door trials. Police brutality, torture. These are just some of
the human rights abuses attributed to China’s
totalitarian government, under the fist of the
President Xi Jinping. A tyrant whose confidence and boldness has only grown alongside his nations rise in global influence. And companies like Activision Blizzard not only ignore the terrorism
and abuse going on the nation, they actively support
and silently condone it in there desperation, their
sick and pathetic desperation, to make money from the country’s
massive consumer market. The Chinese market is a
big, fat, juicy commodity to entertainment and sports
corporation across America. More and more, movie studios
incorporate Chinese locations into their productions and
outright tailor their films to appeal to the Chinese viewers because of the sheer
amount of money to made in becoming a hit there. “Venom”, for example, made headlines, not for being a critically acclaimed or particularly successful movie here, but for breaking records
in the Chinese box office. The message has been
clear for a while now, China’s market is so vast, so influential, that you needn’t be a hit anywhere else. You crack China and you’ve just been given the key to sequel city. Now on its own, this isn’t
necessarily a terrible thing. Western audiences are not the authority on what’s good entertainment, but the success these
companies are enjoying is not happening in a bubble. It’s not devoid of context. China’s market is making
billion dollar companies even more billions of dollars on top of the billions of dollars they already roll around in. But it’s also turned the majority of them into groveling, sycophantic cowards who can’t do something
as simple as, you know, condemn human rights abuses or even allow their
audiences to do the same. The NBA recently came under
fire for pandering to China, after Houston Rockets
General Manager, Daryl Morey, shared a now deleted tweet in support of Hong Kong’s protests against China’s authoritarian government. The NBA, which has
invested millions in China and credits 10% of revenue to the country tripped over itself to
appease the despotic regime, criticizing Morey for,
“Regrettably offending people!” They would walk that back
somewhat, a day later, reaffirming a commitment to free speech, but the damage had been
done on both fronts. The NBA sparked outrage in America for it’s initial response, and it has seen every Chinese sponsor suspend ties in the overall fall out. Of particular note and interest, Tencent Sports joined in on
the threats and punishment over a single tweet support democracy, suspending live streaming
and reporting on NBA games. And yes, for the video
game savvy viewers at home, the name of that company was Tencent. Tencent. Hong Kong is a bit of a sore
spot for China right now, almost as sore as it is for
President Jinping to be compared to Winnie the Pooh. Which he famously hates to the point of banning the friendly yellow
bears image in the country, like a mature and secure person would do. Hong Kong has been in the
midst of protests for months over a proposed bill
that allow extradition of criminal suspects
from Hong Kong to China, something main saw as Chinese overreach in a country that enjoys
a level of autonomy from Beijing’s regime. While the bill has been
withdrawn the protests continue with further demands. Chiefly the release and
exoneration of arrested protestors, an unbiased investigation into allegations of police brutality, a rescinding of the classification
of protesters rioters and the resignation of the
Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. The protests are seen by many
as a fight for democracy, fought by people who rightly
fear the increased authority of a violent and tyrannical government. Activision Blizzard, by the
way, does not support democracy. That might sound harsh but
that was the ultimate message, whether they intended it or not, of Activision Blizzard in
the wake of its decision to punish a professional
“Hearthstone” player for voicing his support of the protests. Most of you will have
already heard of this bit, but for comprehension sake, pro “Hearthstone” player, Blitzchung, donned a mask on a stream
in solidarity of protesters and yelled, “Liberate Hong Kong. “Revolution of our time.” In response, Activision
Blizzard suspended Blitzchung from official “Hearthstone”
competition for a year, said it would withhold prize
money he was rightly owed and stated it would no longer
work with the two casters who shared the stream with Blitzchung. Blizzard, in a truly cowardly display, hid behind a broadly and
vaguely written clause in its rules of conduct
that state the company can in its sole discretion, punish someone if they bring
themselves into disrepute or otherwise offend a
section of the public. The offended public in this
case, well, wouldn’t it, would have to be the Chinese government. Which at the time of punishment hadn’t even said a fucking word. Blizzard merely panicked
and it’s a miserable bid to avoid upsetting
anyone who might threaten it’s a lucrative money-making
opportunities in the sector. The company would, after days of silence, reduce the punishment to try
and get the heat off itself, but we’ll get to the company’s bullshit statement on the matter a little later. In the wake of Blitzchung’s punishment the company is quite fucking
rightly earned itself a hailstorm of criticism
and added protest. They deserve this criticism
because Activision Blizzard, in no uncertain terms, is run
by craven, boot licking worms, who have literally sold out
human rights and human dignity, much less their own dignity,
joining a shameful collective of corporations that are in
emboldening in Jinping’s rule. Activision Blizzard chose tyranny. By hiding behind roles and clauses they’ve tried remain apolitical, but that’s not how this
fucking works Blizzard. That ain’t how this fucking works. You can’t have an apolitical response to a political statement. The moment Blizzard chose to respond, Blizzard made a political
statement, a political choice, and in this case Blizzard chose tyranny. Companies love to have
their cake and fuck it too, this is why so many game
developers say that their games aren’t political, even while exploiting political imagery and messaging. This is why so many corporations want to “Leave politics at the door,” while making money from despotic regimes. Why WWE will gladly take
blood money from Saudi Arabia to perform shows for the
benefit of murderous despots, but no longer has the fucking spine to even say Saudi Arabia
on its western broadcasts. Companies are terrified
of making statements, without realizing that that
terror is, itself, a statement. Activision Blizzard, fearful
and deferent, chose tyranny. And then lots of fun things happened. In a classic example of
the Streisand effect, Blitzchung’s a message has
only spread like a wildfire. During a collegiate “Hearthstone” stream a sign was held up proclaiming, “Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizz,” prompting the stream to
hurriedly edit it from view. The three players who held up the sign, Casey Chambers, Corwin Dark and Tjammer, were aware of potential repercussions and were prepared to quit in protest. “When we met for practice that
day before the tournament, “we were all thinking the same thing, “that we wanted to do
something,” Dark told Vice. “Because, obviously,
we were the first thing “on Blizzard’s stream after
they made the decision. “If we did nothing we were missing a pretty big opportunity.” These were 19-year-olds and
they understood, Blizzard, the importance of making
a stand here, unlike you. In case you ever want
to know what integrity actually looks like Blizzard, look to those collegiate players. The hashtag BoycottBlizzard, has exploded on Twitter with viewers of official “Hearthstone”
streams organizing to spam “Liberate Hong Kong,
revolution of our time,” in attached chat rooms. At least one popular “Hearthstone”
caster, Brian Kibler, quit in response and will
no longer be commentating on the Hearthstone Grandmasters. On a more amusing and inspiring note, the community is set
about attempting to ruin the Chinese success of
another Blizzard production, “Overwatch” by turning
the character of Mei into an icon of Hong Kong resistance. In the Hong Kong subreddit,
user, omegalulit, uploaded an official “Overwatch” short that had been edited to show Mei reacting in support of the protests. Decked out in emblems of solidarity. Artists then went to fucking
town with the may pictures, creating some amazing pieces of work that show Mei standing up
for Hong Kong’s people, wearing masks and gear built for protest. China famously censors media
for a wide variety of reasons, mainly to suppress public information and curtail attempts to organize. Twitter and YouTube are
officially blocked there. China will also censor
anything that embarrasses or otherwise encourages
protests against the government, such as the aforementioned
imagery of Winnie the Pooh, a cartoon bear for children, that Xi Jinping is so
distressed and offended by. Theoretically, with enough of a push, Mei could be associated
with Hong Kong demonstration to the point where China will demand she suffer the same fate as the Pooh Bear. Which would put Blizzard
into one hell of a situation. That is of course just an
idea and may never happen, but even if it goes nowhere, using Blizzards own characters
as a form of protest is just great. After a working week of silence, in the face of protest and criticism, Blizzard finally released a
statement late Friday night to sidestep the regular weekly news cycle. Make no mistake, that was
a calculated fucking move. In the statement the company promised to reverse its decision to
steal Blitzchung’s prize money and will reduce his suspension
from a year to six months. How benevolent. The two casters will also now
be suspended for six months instead of unpersoned. And Blizzard has tried
to claim none of this had anything to do with China, it just coincidentally had
everything to do with China. Mm-hm? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Company president, J. Allen Brack said, “The specific views
expressed by Blitzchung “were not a factor in
the decision we made. “I want to be clear our,
our relationships in China “had no influence on our decision. “If this had been the opposing viewpoint, “delivered in the same
divisive and deliberate way, “we would have felt enacted the same.” Bullshit! Blizzard claims any decisive
if statement is punishable. But what if, say, Blitzchung
had spoken up for LGBTQ rights or asylum seekers or
anything that can be argued in the exact same way to be divisive and
deliberate and offensive to someone somewhere. There’s no way in hell
that Blizzard would suspend Blitzchung for yelling trans rights and they shouldn’t suspend
anyone for yelling trans rights. Trans rights, by the way. Even, as it would,
inevitably create an outcry from fucking assholes. Do I think a tournament participants should be able to yell anything? No, not completely. I mean hate speech, for example, is not really free
speech, it’s hate speech. And that’s the kind of
thing that you’d think Blizzard’s rules for
expression would pertain to. You know, yelling racist
or homophobic shit, not supporting democracy. Brack claimed his company is
still committed to the slogan. “Think globally, lead
responsibly, and importantly, “every voice matters.” And I’m amazed he said
this with a straight face. He actually said Blizzard is, “Encouraging everybody to
share their points of view,” when it literally isn’t. It’s actively discouraged anybody from ever supporting Hong Kong. Which is it Blizzard? You just can’t have it both ways here. You cannot claim that you
encourage people to speak up, while punishing people for speaking up. That’s the kind of propagandistic lying that an oppressive dictatorial
government would, oh. Blizzard claims it’s behavior
had nothing to do with China, it just happened that this
behavior mirrored exactly what dozens of other corporations have been doing to appease China. Sure, Blizzard, we all
fucking believe you. And I’m sure the fact
that Blitzchung, himself, now says he’ll be more careful about expressing his Hong Kong opinions, totally isn’t the chilling
effect you were going for. But well, I’m just saying it’s fitting that your name is Blizzard. I think it’s fairly clear,
watching this video, that I’ve made my decision
on the whole matter. But I tell you what, I will
allow for the possibility that Blizzard made its
decision entirely independent of any relationships it
might have with China. I will allow for that possibility. Doesn’t change the message
their decision sent. Okay? Doesn’t change the implication
of what Blizzard did. The implied threat. None of that changes. Whatever their intentions may have been, whatever independence the
decision may have had, doesn’t change that. Blizzard, the things you do
do not happen in a bubble, they do not happen without context and despite what corporations
fucking try to tell you, their decisions are not apolitical. Their decisions do not
happen without consequence, without message. Blizzard, you fucking tools. Now I criticize capitalism
on this show a lot because it’s capitalism’s focus on gaining more and more money without
regard for consequence that allows for and actively encourages major triple-A publishers to
shit all over their customers and cause direct, long-term
damage to the video game market for short-term financial gain. That’s just what happens. Some people tell me it’s at least better than the alternative. “It’s at least better
than communism,” they say, confident in their either-or argument. And I think it’s so deliciously
emblematic of capitalism, that we’re seeing so many
American corporations bend over backwards to please and appease one particularly oppressive dictatorship that just so happens to
identify as a communist one. Where is capitalism being the alternative in this case, exactly? There are no ideals in
corporate capitalism. There are no standards, no
beliefs, no regard for humanity. But there is, certainly, censorship. Actual, proper, full-on censorship. Not like a game journalist
criticizing something once, but actual cases of organizations with money and power suppressing speech to placate a government. Disney, for example, forbids any mention of Chinese politics on ESPN, allowing criticism of Daryl Morey, but disallowing mention
of what the criticisms actually fucking about. Cafe Pacific fired
employees for Facebook posts supporting the protests. TikTok is censoring references
to Tibetan independence and Tiananmen Square. Marriott fucking fired an
employee for, in their words, “Wrongfully a liking a
tweet,” from a Tibetan group. Wrongfully liking? Fuck you and your wrong likes! A large number of
corporations are removing and apologizing for any
references on their platforms that even vaguely portray
Taiwan is anything other than a dependent of China. Including Apple, Google, Viacom, Gap, Audi, American Airlines and Ray-Ban. When I say vague I really
mean vague, as well. Taiwanese flags, not allowed to be shown. Taiwan can’t be just called Taiwan, it has to be called Taiwan China. Amidst all the China basketball furor, fans are reportedly being
kicked out of NBA games if they’re holding Pro Hong Kong signs or at the very least, getting
those signs confiscated. Not in China, in America! (Jim vocalizing “The
Star-Spangled Banner”) And that’s a mere handful of corporations displaying outwardly, that they’re in the
pocket and under the thumb of Xi Jinping. Meanwhile, Tencent, the
aforementioned company responsible for punishing the NBA in the wake of a single
man swiftly deleted tweet has insinuated itself
into the game industry to the point where a large
number of well-known, video game companies answer
in no small part to it. Tencent has invested
in Epic Games, Ubisoft, Grinding Gear Games,
Bluehole and obviously, Activision Blizzard. But again, I’m sure Blizzard’s decision had nothing to do with China. Tencent also has full
control of Riot Games, which itself, bans mention of Hong Kong in its official live streams. Forcing casters to refer to
one team, Hong Kong Attitude, as merely HKA. But again, none of this has
anything to do with the China. And that’s a mere sliver
of the 300 investments Tencent’s made across
a number of industries. Tencent, as we’ve already learnt, is all in on pro-government censorship. So yeah, look forward to
more of this bullshit. Some have defended the
behavior of Activision Blizzard and the vast gaggle of
pro-censorship, pro-fascist companies joining them in their greed. The market they’re trying to crack is worth billions, I’m told. They have to make as much
money as possible, I’m told. They have no choice but to bend the knee if they want to be a
thriving business, I’m told. But this isn’t just business. As I said earlier, whether they intend to make these statements or not, these companies are making statements. And the statement is,
they will tongue asshole. They will tongue dictatorial
asshole to make more money. And with their tongue so
firmly up Xi Jinping’s asshole, they’re in a prime position to do what I think they should
be doing, eating poo! There’s this one person who’s
been heranging me on Twitter all week about this. I blocked ’em, but I’m pretty
sure they’re watching this. Hello, weirdo. They’ve been calling me racist all week because I criticized the
totalitarian Chinese government. Apparently, you can’t do that. Apparently, you can’t side with the Hong Kong protesters on this one. And apparently, you can’t criticize the corporate cowardice that’s
been on display in America. So, yeah, all right,
whatever you say mate. Fucking hell. No, no, no, I’m fairly
confident that I can criticize a totalitarian government anywhere. You know, be it in China or
be it in the United States. (gasps) I didn’t say
that, I didn’t say that. Abolish ICE. Thank God for me, I mean. That’s what I meant. Fucked Trump, no, thank God for me! I didn’t say anything. Don’t censor me on this one. YouTube do not shut me– (beeps) ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ Everybody’s thinking ’bout me ♪

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. This video was reuploaded to replace an image. My art director – who does a fantastic job – made an oopsie by using a photo of Japan in one moment while we were discussing China. While most people would accept that as an honest mistake, I always feel bad leaving even small errors in videos, and in this case the subject matter is controversial enough that I want to make sure we come correct and don't look like we're trying to be untoward. It'll have cost us views, but I'd rather have the video be as perfect as possible than leave it up to keep the viewcount.

    Sorry for the earlier inconvenience, please enjoy!

  2. Trans means transitioning… There's no such thing as a person who's only transitioning unless you're saying a trans woman isn't actually a women

  3. This is a real fucking clown brained move, Jim. It's why Western Leftism is a fucking joke to the rest of the world. Chauvinistic, liberalist propaganda that refuses to take a look in the goddamned mirror.

  4. Funny cause hate speech is literally free speech. So is anti LGBTQ. You literally cannot argue for free speech anymore jim quisition….

  5. I love how as Jim says, "some have defended", and an image of "The Defenders" pops up. Mostly because that's exactly what I would have done if I were editting this video.

  6. Reminder that Jim here thinks Trans rights includes the ability to attack a developer that you worked with and got paid to give them music for their game.

  7. Google removed my negative review of Hearthstone, and I didn't even mention Hong Kong. It's just a shitty pay to win game that gets boring quickly. 🍄

  8. Mighty China. So mighty that it's terrified of Winnie the Pooh, comments on ESPN online, Facebook posts, liked Tweets, signs in American sports in English, and I guess a gamer. All fear the great power that gets its feelings hurt over the opinions held by people on different hemispheres! Unfortunately, capitalism will whore itself out to fascist nations for a buck, as China is treating this as an "us vs them" and using their money as a weapon. I wonder why there isn't more outrage outside of specific online groups. We should not have to live by the rules of a foreign government through local businesses.

  9. What is free speech is that which infringes on the rights of others, like slander/libel, harassment, inciting public panic, ect.

    Hate speech is covered under free speech because 1) no rights are being infringed and 2) what's to stop those in power from claiming hate speech on opinions they don't like so they can say it's not covered under free speech.

    As much as I hate to bring up the guy, imagine if Trump declared all his critics as engaging in hate speech against America and thus none of them had the free speech to say what they do. All of a sudden we have a tyrant controlling our very voices. Why it's almost as if the US understood how important it was to respect free speech that they made it into part of the constitution.

    Hate speech is allowed under free speech, as much as people don't like it

  10. I'd say the U.S. government should outlaw doing business with tyrannical regimes, but that will never happen. Our politicians make too much off of corporations, and if it did pass the U.S. companies would take action to crash the economy in retaliation.

  11. You hear that line all the time "China is a market of 1.4 billion people!". One problem, a billion Chinese live a base existence, as in barely having enough to eat – so what will they buy? Rice?

  12. Blizzard is quiet happy not having his games distributed through Steam; Just Imagine the review backlash it would have created.

  13. I used to be a Blizzard fanboy all my life until I realized how shitty are the people right now in the headquarters of this company.

  14. China has been ruled by communist dictatorships for decades, and now we are all of a sudden paying attention to that just because some Chinese teen said: "fuck the government, free China?"

    "My hypocrisy senses are tingling". Seriously this is all gonna blow over in like idk, two months time at the most and we are just gonna get bored of it and move on to something else. For fuck sakes look at Venezuela, the perfect example any change on that? Nyooope still the same last time I checked ruled by communisim….we get bored and move on because…

    THAT'S THE AMERICAN WAY

    m/

  15. Greed is the issue, not communism or capitalism, just one's more vulnerable to greed than the other, and to that tune I will defend capitalism

  16. One of few channels which always gets a pre -emptive 'like' from me. Thank you for being one of the few brave enough to slice straight thru the bullshit, Mr. S

  17. I’m more than halfway through the video and up to now I’ve agreed with everything said in the video, but I had to pause at about the 12 minute mark as soon as I heard the phrase “hate speech is not free speech.”

    Maybe this isn’t how you meant for this to be interpreted and I’m blowing things out of proportion in regards to the point you were trying to make, but the very notion of free speech hinges on the idea that, unless something is directly eliciting harm, there are no exceptions. Either all speech is free speech or none of it is, if only certain types of speech are free, then that isn’t free speech.

    The reason I’m making a big deal about this little comment that most people probably didn’t even think about is that the idea that you can’t say certain things is exactly the type of over-reaching authoritarianism that Hong Kong is fighting against (you know, the topic of the video).

    Granted, blizzard being a private company, they are legally free to control what kinds of things are said in their own streams, but what bothered me is that the way you said that sentence made it sound to me like it was being used as a general statement of fact, that “hate speech isn’t free speech.”

    Also like I said, I’ve so far agreed with everything else in the video, I just wanted to set the record on that one statement.

  18. Hate speech IS protected speech and falls under 1st amendment. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/06/19/supreme-court-unanimously-reaffirms-there-is-no-hate-speech-exception-to-the-first-amendment/

  19. This is the next stop on the road of unsustainable growth.
    They all started to ditch their morals when they started locking away content and sold it as dlc; then they started making multiple versions of games (preorder exclusives too); then making AAA mobile games (full price games with lootboxes etc) and then even harsher exclusives etc.
    It was always going to come to this junction in the road: do anything for more money or keep even the thinnest facard of moral.
    Blizzard made the choice.

    It wouldn't be so galling if companies didnt jump on every virtu-signalling train that came by for a quick and cheap boost!

    (I kept the analogy going as best I could lol)

  20. You had me till you said Hate Speech isn't Free Speech on your personal comments about the situation. People shouldn't be allowed to say what they want on an individual level if it's made clear in the rules for events, because that's not what people came to see/hear. But don't go changing the meaning of words. Edit: It will always be a slippery slope. Also don't blame capitalism on people manipulating it. Yes capitalism is made to be manipulated and can be used for this kind of dickery that ruins everything. The fault lies mainly with people manipulating it to do so, and then slightly with the consumers for complacency and not using/buying from other venues. Media is also at fault for not telling people they have options, so average uninformed consumers just keep buying this way. It's not capitalism in a vacuum, it's a corrupted free market controlled ,y cheaters, who are a problem for everyone.

  21. They ban Blitzchung, go on Weibo and post an apology to China, saying that they "promise to uphold the dignity of the nation" then turn around the say to people "This had nothing to do with China"

    Wtf is wrong with these people

  22. "Abolish ICE"?
    I think you misspoke when you meant to abolish the fundamental concept of the USA in its entirety because it's literally pure evil in every form.

    Why do I live here…

  23. Jim, the people calling you racist for criticizing the Chinese government are the same people who say "Abolish ICE". You know that, right? You have to know that.

  24. "Hate speech is not free speech"
    Goddamn it Jim. I'd had thought that after all of this, you'd had learned that the definition of 'hate' is in the eye of the beholder. There are no exceptions to freedom of speech. End of debate.

  25. Jim.

    Your monologue has exposed my bias/black&whiteism, that still persists despite all my efforts to stamp it out.

    The problem: it actually SURPRISED me that you're espousing such an unvarnished anti-CCP position. I don't know why it should, but speculation: I tend more toward the Political Right, and you toward the Left. At today's depth of polarization, I suspect that I've foolishly lumped the entire Left in with brutal Communist dictatorships, which is precisely what I despise when I'm lumped in with brutal Fascist dictatorships.

    Thank you for exposing this bias, and let's present a united front against this world's rapidly rising tendency toward totalitarianism in all its forms.

  26. China's president has issued a warning against dissent, saying any attempt to divide China will end in "bodies smashed and bones ground to powder". Nice!

  27. So funny watching a leftist socialist have to attack China, then feeling the need to attack Trump as well, just to alleviate the cognitive dissonance. What you call "capitalism" is actually corporate monopolism. Pure capitalism actually includes provisions for welfare without being socialist…& is protectionist- meaning that it's businesses would not be in bed with China. Unfortunately for you that is Donald Trump's ideology, but of course you can't be pro-Trump, even if it makes sense because you are left wing. Also, "Hate Speech" IS free speech, just with a label on it which allows it to be censored. According to China, support for the Hong Kong "terrorists" is hate speech.
    Otherwise: great video.

  28. Calling someone a racist for criticizing something they disagree with, eh? Now where have I seen this tactic used before?

  29. The person calling you racist has no idea what they're talking about. You are advocating for helping innocent Chinese people by criticizing cruel Chinese people. That is not racist. How is that racist?

  30. Also worth mentioning that Blizzard's official Blitzchung statement for Chinese audiences was COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY different from the western ones. They said the following (translated from Chinese of course).

    "We are very angered and disappointed at what happened at the event and do not condone it in any way. We also highly object the spreading of personal political beliefs in this manner. Effective immediately we've banned the contestant from events and terminated work with the broadcasters. We will always respect and defend the pride of our country."

    What's that about China having nothing to do with it? Try again Blizzard, you two-timing bastards.

  31. As a Hong Kong person, whose family has been in HK for at least three generations, I can tell you for a fact that you are completely wrong about HK. China is not such a bad master, just as the colonial rule under Britain wasn't without its merits. It is a gross simplification to simply say it is a tyranny, the issue is complicated and goes back a long way, Reporting on the protests, especially in English, is often simplified and one-sided. I think Blizzard has shown tact by not getting involved (albeit failing) in an issue that simply doesn't concern itself. Had TB still been alive, perhaps you would have shown a bit more nuances…

  32. Let's not forget that Blitzchung is an HK resident and the 2 casters were from Taiwan… For 1, Blitzchung ought to have a right to speak of his own home. And 2, those countries are both upset with China for something at the moment, but nooooo it had nothing to with China at all–nothing to do with their "national pride".

  33. You either have free speech or you don't- you can't have it both ways Jim. The First Amendment is an all or nothing proposition. It protects speech that is liked AND unliked, which is why we have it int he first place. Whether it's hate speech, or speaking up for a country being crushed by tyranny it's protected period. The cognitive dissonance of this video is amazing and a shame.

  34. "Hate speech isn't free speech, its hate speech"

    um…Would that not mean that speech is divided and labeled as something, and certain subcategories of speech (chosen by a government, or at the very least not the individual) are made un-free?

    You know…. suppressed and censored speech AKA : very much not free.

  35. So if China had nothing to do with it then it must be they hate freedom.

    Plus what about the letter they sent China saying how outraged they were.

  36. This video no longer appears in my "recents" feed. This is the first Jimquisition to disappear for me in this manner. Guess I shouldn't be surprised.

  37. So, no one is fully going to talk about the cultural genocide of the Uyghurs/Turks?

    Also, no offense, but why ruin your looks because you're embarrassed by your birth gender, considering that many plastic surgeries don't age well? (Also, I don't think it'd change your chromosome type, or brain structure (what makes men and women think differently), nor for cheap.)

  38. I have to disagree with you on one thing — Blizzard didn't react in a vacuum. Their 'blitzchung bomb' was probably prompted by directives from China as is obvious from their statement to the Chinese people:

    "We are very angered and disappointed at what happened at the event and do not condone it in any way. We also highly object the spreading of personal political beliefs in this manner. Effective immediately we’ve banned the contestant from events and terminated work with the broadcasters. We will always respect and defend the pride of our country.”

    A statement like this does not originate from a western mind. It was likely drafted by Activision/Blizzard's Chinese overseers and posted verbatim.

  39. What? Nobody says capitalism is "better than the alternative", what we say is that capitalism is "inevitable". You can either design your government to work with the reality of capitalism or you can pretend that its effects aren't real, and then fail. Sort of like designing online games on the assumption that people aren't all assholes. You can design games that way, but the second you put them online, the results are predictable.

  40. That’s the problem with “hate speech” it doesn’t actually exist. It’s whatever those in power are offended by – if they think racism is offensive then it is illegal. If they think Winnie the Pooh is offensive then it is illegal. By creating a category called hate speech whatever entity has control over what gets on that list is the entity where all the power will be concentrated and soon will be followed by tyranny which is why in America we have the First Amendment and true actual Free Speech

  41. Xi=She

    I could be wrong and it may just be mishearing him because of his accent, but it sounds like Jim is saying "chi" to me.

    "That's what Xi said," is a legit Chinese Meme.

  42. Silver lining is It made EA, and Bethesda look good. Sure they will rip us out but at least they'll do it the American way. Pretty sure that weirdo is actually posting from china.

  43. I don't know do you watch South Park, but definitly you should watch episode 2 from new season, title " Ban i China" 😀

  44. When listing some of the human rights violations, you forgot one worse than all of the ones you named… harvesting organs of political prisoners… Like it's not enough that they keep political prisoners, they harvest their organs too.

  45. it's not quite "capitalism", but rather it's the US' insane laws regarding "public" companies, crafted carefully by armies of lobbyists. Companies operating under US law are literally forced to focus on short-term gains and the textbook on the issue literally says "businesses should not care about anything but making money". By not pandering to China the way the do, these companies could be sued by their shareholders for not generating maximum returns – yes, really.
    so in short, fuck the US's love for corporations and the private sector. And fuck the US too for trying to spread this decease over the planet

  46. Grinding Gear Games… Bluehole… I'm not even gonna make a joke. Those names together, in any context, are a joke. A hot sounding joke. But a joke nevertheless.

  47. Lol, at the end of the video Sterling claims that under Trump, the USA is now totalitarian.

    What an interesting way to derail the rest of your opinions on politics.

    I understand you don't like Trump (Get in line btw) but I live in America (for about 30 years since conception at this point), and I can tell you without any doubt in my mind that if America is headed in one direction or the other, it is Certainly towards Anarchy, and away from Totalitarianism. People aren't being thrown in jail over dissent here, and if anything the Police (government) have been largely stripped of their power. (FYI that's basically what ICE is….. a police force)

    I could write an essay on why you're wrong about not only that but many of your philosophies regarding capitalism, but not only do I not have the time or concern, but you wouldn't read it anyways.

    So what's my point? You probably would've been better served sticking to the 'Corporatist Bootlicking of Communist dictators is gross' topic, and not wandered into philosophical ranting about something that you pretend affects you but really doesn't do shit to your everyday life.

    Other than that, good video. And Free Hong Kong

  48. Gotta love the irony. Free speech is all speech. Anything else is not free speech, it's regulated speech. It's a simple concept.

  49. Individual supports rival nation- is called a traitor and punished

    Corporation supports rival nation- that's just business bro

  50. Democracy is not good for business, there are rules n shit. Businessmen did quite well for themselves in nazi germany, just as long as they supported the party.

  51. you forgot to mention they openly admitted that they did this for China on their chinese facing twitter and have also been preventing people from deleting their accounts in protest to their decision. You also didn't mention the corporate walk out Blizz employees had as a result of the larger company supporting China. Not mentioning these things isn't as big of a problem, aside from the first one where you could have just caught out Blizz on a lie, but these are all things that I think should be mentioned.

  52. 6 months punishment for supporting democracy, (btw in america capitalism is supposed to = democracy) , is to much punishment!

  53. Well said. I wrote to my representatives in Washington D.C. and I encourage others to do so. This is a national security issue.

  54. Piracy is a legitimate form of protest. If these people want to disregard human rights, disregard their contrived rules

  55. Anything Blizzard says to apologize falls apart when you consider that they punished the hosts too. What did they do? Where’s the inflammatory remarks from them? They ducked down to dodge the crapstorm they saw coming!

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