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Epic says it won't ban players for political speech

Bullet Club

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Epic says it won't ban players for political speech

Does it really merit praise for doing the decent thing?

Epic is using Blizzard's ban on a Hong Kong protest supporter to tout its own stance on political speech. The developer told The Verge in a statement that it "wouldn't ban or punish" a Fortnite player or creator simply for expressing "views on politics and human rights." Fortnite World Cup players shouldn't worry about losing their winnings for using their on-camera time as a pulpit. Of course, whether or not this merits praise is another matter -- it really just announced that it's doing what many people hope it would do, and it would be more surprising if the company joined Blizzard's chorus.

With that said, the statement may still be reassuring given Epic's financial dependencies. Chinese tech giant Tencent has a large (though minority) stake in Epic, leading some to worry that it might push Epic to silence political critics lest it lose business in its homeland. (Tencent also has a stake in Activision Blizzard, although it's considerably smaller at less than five percent.) Clearly, that wasn't a factor here -- although Epic is a private company that doesn't have to answer to public shareholders if it makes a move that eats into its profits.

As it is, Epic may not want to embroil itself in a political mess in light of the fallout from Blizzard's decision. In addition to widespread online criticism (including from its own forums and Reddit community), Blizzard's decision has attracted bipartisan flak from American politicians. Senator Ron Wyden, for instance, accused Blizzard of wanting to "humiliate itself" to please China and "make a quick buck." Although there's no guarantee of formal political action, Blizzard is attracting the kind of official scrutiny that Epic is likely keen to avoid.

Source: Engadget
 
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Big-ass Ramp

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No offense to Mr. Sweeney, but this sounds like typical ignorant American who assumes American ideals are shared everywhere. You're dealing with an ideology that puts party and country above all else, and if you're saying things that weaken the position of those two, then it is obscene to not put a stop to it. Free speech is not an ideal to be heralded in the eyes of Mr. Sweeney's bosses.
 

#Phonepunk#

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LOOOOOL sure they do

i mean they are 40% Chinese owned. this is some wishful thinking.
 
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Tim Sweeny owns 52% of epic, so what he says, goes.

Blizzard is all over the place, no individual still active there can do shit about this.
 
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Epic has been doing some stuff that pisses people off but they give me free games every week and now this? Pretty sweet.
 
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Its wild that we live in a time where something like this can even be a thread topic.

"Want to express your freedom of speech? Subscribe to our monthly Political Protection package for $4.99 a month!"
 
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Spukc

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Hahahahaha in your fucking face blizz.
Now please give diablo to epic.
As they seem to care about us
 

Geki-D

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But I always see people saying that we need politics out of games so bans should actually be welcome... 🤔
 

-Arcadia-

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But I always see people saying that we need politics out of games so bans should actually be welcome... 🤔
They aren’t being specific enough, out of politeness.

In actuality, these same people probably welcome speaking out against human rights being severely infringed, things like that. Being deranged over an Orange New York property developer and retarded IdPol issues? Not so much.
 

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In actuality, these same people probably welcome speaking out against human rights being severely infringed, things like that. Being deranged over an Orange New York property developer and retarded IdPol issues? Not so much.
Oh right, so keep politics out of games... But actually just politics these people don't like but otherwise politics are a-okay. Understood.
 

-Arcadia-

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Oh right, so keep politics out of games... But actually just politics these people don't like but otherwise politics are a-okay. Understood.
Exactly. We don’t like you, or your politics.

Edit: That was mean, and over the line on the first. I apologize.
 
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