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Collegiate Hearthstone Championship match ends with call to 'free Hong Kong, boycott Blizz'

(Image credit: YouTube: Hearthstone tournaments)

Following Blizzard's removal of Chung "blitzchung" Ng Wai from the Hearthstone Grandmasters, the company is feeling the heat. Backlash is rife, and the Blizzard subreddit was temporarily closed today due to an onslaught of negative feedback. In the lead up to BlizzCon, it's looking like the backlash won't slow down.

During a broadcast of an American Collegiate Hearthstone Championship match today between American University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the members of the former team held up a banner reading "Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz". The message didn't last long: the view changes quickly, the American University team is pulled, and the Worcester team is left to grin and bear it out.

You can check out the video below. It should auto-play at the right time, but if it doesn't, hit 51:30 and watch from there.  

Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.