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Virtual Legality Episode 115

A Blizzard of Backlash (Pt. 2): Can Blitzchung Sue Blizzard?

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Blizzard's banning and suspension of Hearthstone player "Blitzchung" for statements made in support of Hong Kong (and against China) has taken on a life of its own.

What have others around the video game industry, Congress, and the globe said about the ban?

What have Blizzard employees and passionate Redditors done to show their own disagreement?

What are the chances that Blitzchung could bring a formal claim against Activision Blizzard?

What do the Official Rules have to say about such a process? The Official Handbook?

How might the exceptions to arbitration and negotiation provided by Blizzard itself help to set the stage for potential litigation?

And what does the State of Delaware have to do with all this anyway?

So, you're telling me there's a chance...in Virtual Legality.

#Blizzard #Blitzchung #China


Discussed in this episode:

"A Blizzard of Backlash: On China, Freedom of Speech, and Terrible Contracts (VL114)"
YouTube - Hoeg Law - October 8, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsKHEdzPMw4

"Blizzard bans Hearthstone pro for supporting Hong Kong protests"
GameDailyBiz - October 9, 2019 - Sam Desatoff
https://gamedaily.biz/article/1283/blizzard-bans-hearthstone-pro-for-supporting-hong-kong-protests

"Overwatch's Mei is being turned into a Hong Kong protest symbol"
Eurogamer - October 9, 2019 - Emma Kent
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-10-09-overwatchs-mei-is-being-turned-into-a-hong-kong-protest-symbol

"Hearthstone Grandmasters Asia-Pacific Ruling"
Hearthstone Blog - Blizzard Entertainment
https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/23179289/

"2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters Official Competition Rules v1.4"
Blizzard Entertainment
https://bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net/cms/page_media/w4/W4NWIBHB74T31564507077190.pdf

"2019 Hearthstone Tournament Player Handbook V1.4"
Blizzard Entertainment
http://bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net/cms/page_media/px/PXYB9IHSRQLF1564507343607.pdf

"Basics - Civil Court Cases"
California Courts Website
https://www.courts.ca.gov/1061.htm

"Delaware Court Grapples With Enforcement of Choice of Law Provisions in Restrictive Covenant Agreements"
The National Law Review - December 10, 2018
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/delaware-court-grapples-enforcement-choice-law-provisions-restrictive-covenant

"A & M Produce Co. v. FMC Corp. (1982)"
Justia Law Site
https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/3d/135/473.html

"The Law on Late & Unpaid Wages in California"
Work Lawyers PC
https://www.worklawyers.com/late-unpaid-wages-california-law/

"The Gig is Up! Why California’s AB-5 Might Just Kill its Gaming Industry (VL100)"
YouTube - Hoeg Law - September 11, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHGNpBN3nZs


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

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