Blizzcon 2019 got political right off the bat: Protesters are at the gaming event to let everyone in attendance know they support Hong Kong. The protest action at thestems from the company’s in October after he showed support for the Hong Kong protests, to the displeasure of China’s government.
Freedom Hong Kong, an organization supporting the pro-democracy protests, was on hand at the Anaheim Convention Center to give away free T-shirts to Blizzcon attendees. On the shirt was the Overwatch character Mei, who has been used by Hong Kong supporters as a protest symbol since the controversy with Blizzard began. On the T-shirt was the phrase “Mei with Hong Kong.”
During the, company president J. Allen Brack took the stage to apologize for the actions taken in October.
“We didn’t live up to the high standards that we really set for ourselves,” he said on stage Friday. “For that, I am sorry, and accept accountability.”
There were also multiple attendees dressed up as Winnie the Pooh. The Disney character has been an icon for anti-government protests, and in 2017Pooh’s image after memes made reference to how Chinese President Xi Jinping looks strikingly similar to the honey-loving bear. (In October, mocked that resemblance, as well as China’s censorship.)