Inside the Anaheim Convention Center, the gaming convetion Blizzcon is in full swing, announcing breaking news about beloved game franchises. However, outside the building, protestors are rallying against the company that is putting on the event. \n \nThe convention is an annual event put on by game developer Blizzard Entertainment. \n \nWhy are there protests? \n \nBlizzard decided to ban Hearthstone Grandmasters player Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung for asserting a pro-Hong Kong statement during a live Blizzard eSports event. He was initially banned for one year from Blizzard eSport events and had his prize earnings revoked by Blizzard. \n \nWhat is happening with the protests? \n \nGamers for Freedom, a campaign put on by Fight for the Future, as well as other groups have been protesting outside since this morning. The protest aims to bring attention to game developers infringing on players’ fundamental civil rights like freedom of speech. \n \nThe protestors have been handing out free t-shirts with the Overwatch character Mei on them along with the text “Mei with Hong Kong.” Mei has been a symbol of the conflict with Blizzard. \n \nThere has been dozens of people holding pro-Hong Kong signs like “Free Democracy” and “Free Hong Kong.” \n \nThere was also a staged protest inside the convention center. During the Hearthstone stage segment, fans from around the room stood up out of their chairs and walked out in a sign of protest. \n \nHere is a tweet from Fight for the Future about the protest: \n \nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/fightfortheftr\/status\/1190390097818116096 \n \nTypically, Blizzcon is put on by Blizzard to market its game franchises through grand reveals and interactive experiences. Today, they have already made game announcements about Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and Diablo 4. \n \nHowever, for the fans of Blizzard, this event isn’t just about game reveals. It’s about letting Blizzard know that their fans do not agree with some of their decisions that they’ve made. \n \nBlizzard has been walloped by conflict from fans and even US legislators since the decision to ban blitzchung. So much so that they have reduced the gamer’s suspension to six months and returned his prize earnings. \n \nThe company apologized for the first time earlier today at the start of the Blizzcon opening ceremony. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack said, “I am sorry, and I accept accountability. What exactly is our purpose? BlizzCon is demonstrating it as we speak. We aspire to bring the world together in epic entertainment. I truly believe in the positive power of video games.” \n \nHe goes on to talk about the hard work that has gone into this weekend, however, he never actually addresses blitzchung or the suspension directly. \n \nIt will be interesting to see what the public reaction is to the formal apology.