Just days after issuing a statement on Hearthstone player Blitzchung and his banning, Blizzard has banned three more players for the same thing. To play a little catch-up, the company banned Blitzchung last week, took a ton of flack for it, and then issued a statement on Friday about the situation. Blitzchung responded to the situation, and for the most part, that was kind of the end of it. Well, aside from people protesting the company online and calling for a boycott of their games. Well, this week, the company may have just reignited outrage as three more players have been banned. The photo below comes from a livestream of the Hearthstone Collegiate esports league, in which players protested the company a day after Blitzchung was banned during a recap show.
That act earned all three players involved a six-month suspension, which will run from October 8th, 2019 until April 8th, 2020. In effect, killing those player’s chances to compete for most of this school year. The word came out from Casey Chambers‘ Twitter account, as he shared the full details including the email they received.
Happy to announce the AU Hearthstone team received a six month ban from competition. While delayed I appreciate all players being treated equally and no one being above the rules. pic.twitter.com/mZStoF0e0t
— Casey Chambers (@Xcelsior_hs) October 16, 2019
Whether you agree with the situation or not, it’s hard to deny that this new suspension will give Blizzard protestors new kindling for the fire. As to what kind of impact it will have on Hearthstone, its players, and the college league, in general, moving forward has yet to be seen.