It wasn’t possible to ignore the protesters directly outside Blizzcon’s gates this year. They were drawn by Blizzard’s ongoing failure to respond appropriately to Hearthstone pro Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai calling for the liberation of Hong Kong in an interview. They clustered right outside, handing out shirts, placards, and information.
But inside, it was easy to forget. In a sea of people wearing Blizzard merchandise, the odd shirt with the five-petaled orchid of Hong Kong’s flag stood out, but were few and far between. As J. Allen Brack gave his non-apology, one lone voice called “free Hong Kong” from the back of the room, and one panel was disrupted. Mostly, though, it was business as usual.