Google pulls Hong Kong protestor game from store

Google has removed a mobile game from the app store that allows people to play roles as a Hong Kong protester.

The technology giant says the application violated a policy against cash disputes in disputes, and the decision was not the result of a request to withdraw it.

A number of gaming companies became involved in the Hong Kong protests.

Many are reluctant to offend Chinese consumers, but have drawn criticism from players for freedom of expression.

The choice-based game, “Revolution of Our Times”, allowed users to play the role of a Hong Kong protester.

Like real protesters, players can buy protective gear and weapons, but they can also be arrested and handed over to China.

Businesses have targeted

Hong Kong protests that began in June against proposals to allow extradition to mainland China, a move many fear will undermine the city’s judicial independence and jeopardize dissidents.

The Chinese government has condemned the protests, and official media have often criticized overseas companies they appear to support.

On the other hand, the demonstrators targeted companies they see as pro-Beijing.

Many companies are concerned about offending Chinese consumers, or falling into government concerns, as it could affect sales in a huge market.

This is especially true for the gaming industry. Newzoo, a gaming research company in the global gaming market, estimates $ 152.1 billion, with China ($ 36.5 billion) and the United States ($ 36.9 billion) accounting for nearly half of that total.

 

In a statement, Google stated that the game was removed because it violated Google Play policies.

Google said: “We have a long-term policy that prevents developers from taking advantage of sensitive events such as trying to make money from ongoing conflicts or serious tragedies through the game.”

Google noticed that it had pre-checked apps for trying to take advantage of other highlights such as earthquakes, crises, suicides and conflicts.

 

The move comes just days after an online player from Hong Kong was expelled from an international tournament “Hearthstone” for expressing support for the protesters during the live broadcast.

Activision Blizzard said the player, identified as “Blitzchung”, violated the rules and would not be allowed to play in any of Hearthstone’s eSports for 12 months.

The company said competition rules prohibit any behavior that could distort public opinion or offend a part or group of the public.

Chinese social media users believe Activision Blizzard’s move is an example of “how to be responsible in the Chinese market,” the official Global Publication said. Blizzard County.

The boycott was on Twitter and in some cases, former fans posted photos of their canceled subscriptions in the Reddit series.

Against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s subsidiary, a number of players have proposed to turn Mei, the Chinese hero in Overwatch, into a pro-Hong Kong character.

They hope the move will reach Activision Blizzard sales by banning the game in China.

Despite the boycott, a portable version of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty video game downloaded over 100 million times in its first week.

Chinese technology firm Tencent has a stake in Activision Blizzard, which earned $ 7.5 billion in revenue last year.