Pro-democracy Hong Kong protester Ng Wai ‘blitzchung’ Chung has been signed by professional Esports team Tempo Storm, it was today announced.
“We believe first and foremost in supporting players and encouraging them to engage and to speak out on the things about which they are most passionate,” Tempo Storm CEO Andrey Yanyuk said in a statement.
“In many ways, we value the character and integrity of our players as much as, if not more than, their tournament placings. Blitzchung brings incredible talent, an infectious personality, and a great deal of enthusiasm, for Hearthstone as well as his community and others around him. He exemplifies what Tempo believes in, and we welcome him as an ambassador for our brand.”
Blizzard suspensded blitzchung after the Hearthstone player used a post-match livestream to shout, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” The inital 12-month suspension was cut to six months, with Blizzard asserting that China had nothing to do with the action.
Pro-democracy protests are planned for this weekend’s BlizzCon, a fan convention run by developer Blizzard.