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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 05:24 AM

Chinese gamer explains how Chinas money is used to influence against free speech.

This hurts. But until Blizzard reverses their decision on @blitzchungHS I am giving up playing Classic WoW, which I helped make and helped convince Blizzard to relaunch. There will be no Mark of Kern guild after all.

Let me explain why I am #BoycottBlizzard
I am ethnically Chinese. I was born in Taiwan and I lived in Hong Kong for a time. I have done buisiness with China for many years, with serveral gaming companies there.

So I think I have a valid perspective here, having been a Team Lead at Blizzard and having grown up in Asia.

I have watched China slowly take over as the dominant investing force in gaming and movies over the years. It’s a shame US companies never believed as strongly as China and Asia in investing in games, but this allowed China to have unprecedented influence over our media.

Chinese game companies have grown huge not just because of market size, but because the government subsidizes them. They get free land, free offices, and huge infusions of cash.

This cash was and is used to do expand and buy up stakes in US gaming companies.

I’ve seen firsthand the corruption of Chinese gaming companies, and I was removed from a company I founded (after Blizzard) for refusing to take a 2 million dollar kickback bribe to take an investment from China. This is the first time I’ve ever spoken pubically about it.

I’ve also seen how American company reps in China have been offered similar bribes to get licenses for large AAA titles. Not everyone refused like I did.
Chinese companies tried to ruin my career with planted press stories.

Money is often paid for favorable press in China and some of that money flows here to the US as well.

Unfortunately, money talks. China has succeeded in infiltrating all levels of tech, gaming and more.

Unfortunately, US and European companies are loath to take risks and invest in game companies legally as much as China was. China remained one of the few places mid tier studios could get funding.

So again, China influence grew. I’m sure this is the same for movies as well.

But now we are in a situation where unlimited Communist money dictates our American values. We censor our games for China, we censor our movies for China.

Now, game companies are silencing voices for freedom and democracy.

China is dictating that the world be authoritarian.

Of all the companies in the world, Blizzard is the LAST company I ever expected to give in to China’s demands.

Blizzard was always about “gamer first” and “don’t be greedy.”

At least, it was when I was there.
It’s one thing to keep politics out of games, which I am still a proponent of doing. It’s another to unfairly and harshly punish voices that speak out against corruption, against abuses of human rights, and freedom.

I take a huge risk by saying this. China monitors all social media and I know this means that we will probably never get an investment from China for my new MMO, and probably never get a license to operate there.

But enough is enough. I stand with Hong Kong, and I oppose Blizzard’s obvious and laughably transparent fear of China.

It’s time for Blizzard to grow the spine it used to have, and to do what’s right for gamers once again.

Gamers, rise up.

And yes, this means I will be refusing any deal for Epic exclusivity. The money comes from Tencent. Em8ER will never be an Epic game store exclusive.

This might mean we never make a dime, but more is at stake now than just games. A line has to be drawn, and I’m drawing it now.


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Reply Chinese gamer explains how Chinas money is used to influence against free speech. (Original post)
Let it go Wednesday OP
quad489 Wednesday #1
GoldwatersSoul Wednesday #2
quad489 Wednesday #3
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Response to Let it go (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 08:25 AM

1. But, but, but...Trump started this trade war with China...

...it's amazing all the dumb phucks who actually believe that bs and have zero problems with china stealing everything it can from the US and dumping its products here that gravely damages US based companies.

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Response to quad489 (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 09:59 AM

2. What is really funny???

So many people think they truly understand what Trump is doing viz a vis the Trade war.

They look at the situation as a dichotomous situation between the US and China.

What most people do not understand is most of the major world economies have asked thw US to help tame the Chinese. While the US is by far the biggest victim...China is fleecing the world.

Additionally, the trade war is less about trade and more about a reset of foreign policy. The tariffs and trade threats are part of a cohesive foreign policy.

A lerfect example of this was a couple days ago when Trump said. If Turkey does something they shouldnt, I will wreck their economy and added, I have done it before.

He is correct, Erdogan has been muted a d when he arrested an American missionary last year, Trump laid the trade hammer fown on Turkey. Now Turkey...which had acted like a bulldog under Obama...is now a toothless puppy.

China has been using the WTO against the world. Trump has vetoed arbitration members to force a reorganization of WTO. This will peobably happen and a redefinition of a developing economy and what can be done with a state capitalist eco omy will be enlisted.

China is not dealing with Trump because if and when the WTO is organized... the Chinese government will have to negotiate from a position of weakness. So the Chinese are hoping a Democrat who seeks harmont at the expense of the US enters. Repopulates the WTO which maintains status quo and insures Chinese advantage.

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Response to GoldwatersSoul (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:10 AM

3. Yep, thus why china won't say anything negative about Biden...they know he is their useful moron.

"So the Chinese are hoping a Democrat who seeks harmont at the expense of the US enters. Repopulates the WTO which maintains status quo and insures Chinese advantage."

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Response to quad489 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:32 AM

4. I think...

If a Democrats lose, Xi will scurry to the negitiation table. He is in a precarious spot since he has essentially lost Hong Kong...a jewel in the Chinese crown. Mismanaged the relationship with the US and presided over a weakening Chinese economy.

He seems powerful but the Chi Comms have to be whispering about Xi's competence.

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Response to GoldwatersSoul (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:42 AM

5. Yep, to ''win'' back Hong Kong will require massive bloodshed...another Tienanmen square event...

...which will make the CCP look really bad worldwide.

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