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Free speech activists defend banned gamer after Hong Kong remark

The maker of “Call of Duty” avoided China’s wrath Tuesday by suspending a professional gamer and seizing all his winnings after he shouted “Liberate Hong Kong” during a post-game interview. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Activision Blizzard, which is 5 % owned by Tencent Holdings in Shenzhen, China, banned Hearthstone player Ng Wai Chung from playing in its video game competitions for a year after he shouted slogans associated with the pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong. The company’s Blizzard unit also severed ties with the gamer’s two interviewers, who ducked under their desks to disassociate themselves from the gamer’s call to “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” The move comes as the National Basketbal ...