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PostSubject: The Games Industry Bull Thread   The Games Industry Bull Thread EmptyWed 9 Oct 2019 - 20:15

Here's a thread about how sometimes players in the game industry are 💩 . Microtransactions, harassment, the thing I'm going to talk about with Blizzard... I know we try to be a forum of optimism and light, but there remains a fascination with just how awful parts of the industry are: it's why Jim Sterling's so popular. It also means that if you want to avoid doom and gloom, you can avoid this thread and you're golden.

I'm going to start with a question about what can be done though, however small that might be. Basically Blizzard bent over backwards to appease the Chinese and stick one finger up at the current Hong Kong pro-democracy protests. This article suggests that flooding the company with GDPR requests might hit their (or their legal department's) bottom line or at least productivity, but does anybody have any idea if it will? Or will it just impact some poor grunt who does the IT?
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PostSubject: Re: The Games Industry Bull Thread   The Games Industry Bull Thread EmptyThu 10 Oct 2019 - 0:58

Vote with your wallet would be the number one way to do this. Don't buy Overwatch on Switch. Stopping paying your WOW subscription. Delete your Blizzard account and show you won't stand for that sort of shite.

For what it's worth, there's good people on the ground level at Blizzard as I've read articles about some employees staging protests and walkouts at their HQ, which is great to read.

This is great, though. If this works as intended, it might lead to Overwatch and further Blizzard games being banned in China which would be just desserts, I'd say.
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PostSubject: Re: The Games Industry Bull Thread   The Games Industry Bull Thread EmptyThu 10 Oct 2019 - 21:39

It's a bit of a mess and I've seen some say let's play LoL instead of HoS for instance, but LoL is owned by Tencent.

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PostSubject: Re: The Games Industry Bull Thread   The Games Industry Bull Thread EmptyThu 10 Oct 2019 - 23:48

Everything you buy and use on a daily basis is filthy with Chinese money. Our governments don't give one shit about the human rights violations because China is too influential. Like Jay said, vote with your wallet, but that's really difficult. It's everywhere.
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PostSubject: Re: The Games Industry Bull Thread   The Games Industry Bull Thread EmptyFri 11 Oct 2019 - 0:02

Only Trump cares (Huwai phones coming won't have Google and other American apps due to China).

But yeah Drunka is right and why I mentioned Tencent, something will somewhere somehow will be connected to China or someone else.
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PostSubject: Re: The Games Industry Bull Thread   The Games Industry Bull Thread EmptyFri 11 Oct 2019 - 0:14

Well yeah but you can't compare other world leaders to the Great wisdom and strong moral heart of trump.
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PostSubject: Re: The Games Industry Bull Thread   The Games Industry Bull Thread EmptyFri 11 Oct 2019 - 19:04

At least those who can can move away from Blizzard though. This has to be the most blatant example of kowtowing, even compared to Apple Google and the NBA... although that shows how entrenched the problem is doesn't it. Aww!

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This is great, though. If this works as intended, it might lead to Overwatch and further Blizzard games being banned in China which would be just desserts, I'd say.

I doubt it, but then the Chinese government have been surprisingly thin-skinned before.

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