An interesting position has been taken by Blizzard\u2019s Vice President and Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan about the Hong Kong controversy that has haunted the company since early October.\r\n\r\n<strong>Quick recap of the situation:<\/strong>\r\n\r\nGame developer<a href="http:\/\/happygamer.com\/blizzard-deals-with-public-backlash-after-suspending-player-for-public-support-of-hong-kong-protests-29256\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> Blizzard banned a pro player from attending its esports events <\/a>because he made a pro-Hong Kong statement during a post-game interview at a Blizzard sponsored Hearthstone tournament.\r\n\r\nThe gamer's name is Chung \u201cblitzchung\u201d Ng Wai, and since Blizzard made the decision, the game developer has dealt with severe backlash from fans, critics, and even US legislators.\r\n\r\nMultiple Blizzard games have been boycotted by fans and their annual gaming convention <a href="http:\/\/happygamer.com\/protests-have-been-going-on-all-day-outside-of-blizzcon-rallying-against-hong-kong-controversy-33778\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Blizzcon was hit by protests.<\/a>\r\n\r\nBlizzard\u2019s bottom line has suffered in other ways, including <a href="http:\/\/happygamer.com\/blizzard-loses-sponsor-mitsubishi-taiwan-after-banning-gamer-for-making-pro-hong-kong-statement-32275\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">losing sponsorship deals from companies like Mitsubishi.<\/a>\r\n\r\nTo help put a pin in the situation, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack kicked off the open ceremony of Blizzcon by <a href="http:\/\/happygamer.com\/president-j-allen-brack-of-blizzard-entertainment-apologizes-for-the-rash-decision-towards-hong-kongs-controversy-33831\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">apologizing to Blizzard fans around the world about the situation.<\/a> However, during the apology, he never directly mentioned blitzchung or his suspension.\r\n\r\nHere is a video of the apology:\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=CscJ58tRcEo&t=26s\r\n\r\nBrack <a href="http:\/\/happygamer.com\/blizzard-president-explains-his-stance-on-blitzchung-banning-after-blizzcon-2019-apology-34615\/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">clarified his position on the blitzchung banning<\/a> with PC Gamer\u2019s Steven Messner. He essentially said that he would not further reduce the suspension (which was already reduced from one year to six months) as he wants this to be an example for other gamers, making sure everyone keeps politics out of Blizzard sponsored gaming events.\r\n\r\n<strong>What is the Vice President\u2019s stance on the blitzchung suspension?<\/strong>\r\n\r\nKaplan has a different view then Brack on this situation. Kaplan is hoping that blitzchung\u2019s suspension will be terminated altogether.\r\n\r\nThe Washington Post interviewed Kaplan to get his take on the cloud hanging over Blizzard.\r\nApparently, Kaplan and most of the Blizzard staff didn\u2019t know about the situation until it hit the news. He is not impressed with how quickly a decision was made on the punishment.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe had to deal with a few of them in season one in particular, and that process usually takes about four or five days to make the decision," Kaplan said. There is typically a group of Blizzard employees that discuss the situation and thoughtfully come up with a suitable punishment. The Vice President was shocked to see how harsh the sentence was that came down on blitzchung.\r\n\r\nKaplan took it further and said that he is relieved the punishment was reduced from one year to six months, as well as being happy that blitzchung had his prize earnings returned. Still, the Vice President would be much happier about the situation if blitzchung\u2019s ban was gotten rid of altogether.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s a pretty powerful statement that a top Blizzard executive is speaking out against Brack\u2019s decision to uphold the punishment. Another senior executive has come out as well, as Hearthstone Game Director Ben Lee told video game website Kotaku that the punishment was too severe.\r\n\r\nAt this point, it is quite clear that Brack will not change the punishment, but with executives speaking in contradiction to the President\u2019s decision, the board room would be an exciting place to be a fly on the wall.