Suspended Hearthstone pro Blitzchung signs up with Tempo Storm

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Tempo Storm, the esports organization founded in 2014 by former Hearthstone pro Andrey "Reynad" Yanyuk, has signed Chung "blitzchung" Ng Wai to its roster. The team said that, because he will not be eligible to play professional Hearthstone for six months, Blitzchung "expects to increase his streaming presence and will continue to train and represent the brand abroad."

Blitzchung fell afoul of Blizzard's rules earlier this month when he called for the liberation of Hong Kong in a post-match interview. He was initially suspended for a year and stripped of his season two winnings, a punishment that was dialed back to a six-month suspension following an outcry from the gamer community.

"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. In many ways, we value the character and integrity of our players as much as, if not more than, their tournament placings," Yanyuk, the CEO of Tempo Storm, said in a statement

"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."

The move is obviously good publicity for Tempo Storm, and Blitzchung's role as a brand ambassador could be a boon for The Bazaar, the new deckbuilder game Reynad has in development—in fact, his Twitch channel already carries a Bazaar logo. But it's also a win for Blitzchung, who will be able to effectively maintain his career and now has a much clearer path to a comeback.

"It has been my dream to be a part of Tempo Storm and I am excited to join the team, as it is one of the best in Hearthstone," he said. "I had been thinking about whether to continue my Hearthstone career in the past few weeks. Since I haven't reached my professional goals yet, and I don't want to fall by the wayside, I will start competing again after I am unbanned. Thank you for your support!"

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.