Earlier this week, World of Warcraft developer Blizzard banned Hearthstone pro player Blitzchung and revoked his prize winnings for expressing support for ongoing protests in Hong Kong. This has resulted in a widespread backlash against the studio from fans, who have threatened to boycott Blizzard and protest the Blitzchung ban, as well as employees who have staged a walkout. Now, a dev who worked on Vanilla WoW has cancelled his own subscription to the game in response to the events.
Developer Mark Kern, who was a Team Lead for the Vanilla version of World of Warcraft, has posted a screenshot on Twitter of his subscription cancellation. In reply to an optional question on the form asking about the reason for the decision to cancel, Kern has written, “I made this game with the team. I am opposed to Blizzard’s fear of China and the silencing of Blitzchung. I am calling on Blizzard to stand up for what is right.”
In the tweet itself, Kern has said, “It’s done,” accompanied by the hashtag “BoycottBlizzard.” In a subsequent tweet, Kern also acknowledges Blizzard’s position, saying the studio is “in a difficult situation.”