Reduce blitzchung’s suspension, says Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan

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“I’m obviously a huge supporter of free speech," Kaplan said.

Overwatch Game Director and Blizzard Vice President Jeff Kaplan believes Hearthstone pro player Ng Wai ‘blitzchung’ Chung’s suspension should be further reduced.

“I was relieved when they reduced his suspension,” Kaplan said to the Washington Post, speaking of Blizzard’s decision to reduce blitzchung’s suspension from twelve months to six. “And I think the suspension should be reduced more or eliminated. But that’s just me.

“I’m obviously a huge supporter of free speech. It’s something that’s very important to me. It got to me personally. I think the punishment was too harsh and I was greatly relieved when they gave his money back. I think that was extremely important.”

Kaplan said he was disappointed in Blizzard’s choice to suspend blitzchung, but that he understands why the decision was made.

“I think as individuals, we all have very different feelings about what happened in regards to the Hearthstone tournament and Blitzchung,” Kaplan continued. “There is a lot of very different reaction among all of us.”

At the 2019 BlizzCon, Blizzard apologied — in a way — for the way it handled the situation.