Sydney startup under fire online for supporting pro-Hong Kong-protest gamer

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In contrast to many gaming firms that control the supply and demand of in-game items with real world value at their sole discretion, Immutable aims to give gamers real ownership through the use of cryptocurrency technology.
"We are trying to change players' relationship with gaming and the assets they own," Mr Ferguson said. "If we didn’t do this [supporting Mr Chung] it would be disingenuous or just weak."
Blizzard said Mr Chung's behaviour violated its rules barring players from conduct that "offends a portion or group of the public" or "damages Blizzard image" [sic].
The gaming company is part-owned by Tencent, the Chinese internet giant that also led the backlash against the Houston Rockets NBA team after a team official tweeted in support of Hong Kong.
Mr Ferguson said Mr Chung had privately responded on Twitter, saying he appreciated Immutable's offer but did not say whether he would it up.
Immutable, which counts tens of thousands of players on Gods Unchained and raised $22 million in its last funding round, has much less exposure to the enormous Chinese market than other gaming publishers because it relies on cryptocurrency technology banned in China. Loading
About seven hours after Immutable announced its offer, it was hit with the cyber attack that blocked players from logging into Gods Unchained. Mr Ferguson said the attack was continuing but Immutable had managed to ward off the damage after about four hours with the help of external security experts.
While Mr Ferguson said he had not analysed the attack in detail, but believed it most likely originated in China.
Other companies including the NBA and the US sports network ESPN have recently tried to avoid offending Chinese institutions and consumers, with mixed results....