Blizzard sets off backlash for banning [pro-Hong Kong gamer](https://9gag.com/gag/aR0j2OM?ref=9d) and kowtowing to China. Streamers, gamers vow to delete and casters like [Brian Kibler](https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/9270/brian-kibler-steps-down-from-casting-blizzcon-amid-blizzards-blitzchung-handling) decided to quit from casting Blizzcon.
Blizzard employees also staged a walkout over Hearthstone Grandmaster’s suspension.
An employee told [_The Daily Beast_](https://www.thedailybeast.com/blizzard-employees-staged-a-walkout-to-protest-banned-pro-hong-kong-gamer)
> Blizzard makes a lot of money in China, but now the company is in this awkward position where we can’t abide by our values.
Multiple gamers are saying that when they try to close their account and have to upload government ID to proceed. After that, they’re being presented with a message that reads: “Due to too many attempts. [Authentication method] has been locked. Please try another method for verification.”
Some of these users are also suggesting that Blizzard is doing this intentionally to stop people from closing their accounts or canceling subscriptions.
Other users have proposed an alternate theory – that Blizzard’s systems have been overloaded by mass account closure and data requests in the midst of the boycott.
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