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Virtual Legality Episode 118

A Blizzard of Backlash (Pt. 5): On Bans, Baselines, and Belling Cats

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Shortly after Blizzard’s ban of Blitzchung for his statements on Hong Kong (and against China), students at American University showed their support with a handmade sign during an official Hearthstone broadcast.

Now, Blizzard has elected to impose the same ban on the American University team that it did on Blitzchung…even when their own rules suggest they can’t.

The only winning move is not to play...in Virtual Legality.

#Blizzard #China #AmericanUniversity


Discussed in this episode:

“Blizzard Bans Three College ‘Hearthstone’ Protesters For Six Months”
Vice – October 16, 2019 – Patrick Klepek
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3akzz/three-college-hearthstone-protesters-banned-for-six-months

“Happy to announce the AU Hearthstone team received a six month ban from competition.”
Tweet – October 16, 2019 - @Xcelsior_hs
https://twitter.com/Xcelsior_hs/status/1184333609370619905

"REGARDING LAST WEEKEND’S HEARTHSTONE GRANDMASTERS TOURNAMENT"
Blizzard Blog Post - October 11/12, 2019 - J. Allen Brack
https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/23185888/regarding-last-weekend-s-hearthstone-grandmasters-tournament

“Hearthstone® Collegiate Championship Fall 2019 Official Rules Version 1.0”
Blizzard Entertainment
https://bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net/cms/content_entry_media/98/98EP04HKUVE91565623454873.pdf

"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

“Blizzard/Netease Chinese Social Media Account Takes China's Side”
IGN – October 10, 2019 – Matt Kim
https://uk.ign.com/articles/2019/10/10/verified-chinese-blizzard-account-doubles-down-on-political-policy

“Belling the Cat”
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belling_the_Cat

“Collective Action Problem”
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_action#Collective_action_problem


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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.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


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On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)
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The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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