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Former World of Warcraft Developer Drops WoW Sub Due To Blizzard's Ban

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A former World of Warcraft developer has joined in the sweeping movement in the games industry that is seeing players cancel their World of Warcraft subscriptions. This is in direct response to how Blizzard has handled the situation surrounding a professional Hearthstone player supporting the plight of Hong Kong and Blizzard's subsequent ban on the player.

On Twitter, developer Mark Kern, who was a developer on World of Warcraft during Vanilla, tweeted out a screenshot of his cancelling his WoW subscription, as well as detailing why

In a subsequent tweet, Kern mentioned he understood that Blizzard as a company is in a "difficult situation."

The Blizzard subreddit is full of players who have taken a stand with their wallets by uninstalling and unsubscribing from games on Battle.net. A quick search of the #BoycottBlizzard hashtag on shows players making that stand as well.

Mark Kern isn't the only high profile figure tied to Blizzard to quit over the what Brian Kilber called Blizzard's "appeasement." According to Polygon, Hearthstone caster Brian Kibler has quit Grandmasters to protest Blizzard's move.After Blizzard banned Hearthstone pro Blitzchung over his pro-Hong Kong comments (as well as cut ties with the two casters conducting the interview), Kibler released a statement explaining why he was leaving the Grandmasters coverage.

That kind of appeasement is simply not something I can in good conscience be associated with. When I learned about the ruling, I reached out to Blizzard and informed them that I no longer feel comfortable casting the Grandmasters finals at BlizzCon. I will not be a smiling face on camera that tacitly endorses this decision. Unless something changes, I will have no involvement in Grandmasters moving forward.

Blizzard themselves, at the time of this writing, hasn't had a response to the outcry, and with Blizzcon coming up in a few weeks it will be telling how they move forward from this. 


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Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore