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Chinese Overwatch League teams end boycott of Korean player who criticized One China policy

Author : twobirdersandbinoculars1
Publish Date : 2021-05-07 08:14:19
Chinese Overwatch League teams end boycott of Korean player who criticized One China policy

Chinese Overwatch League teams Hangzhou Spark, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, and Shanghai Dragons are ending their boycotts of South Korean team Seoul Dynasty, and specifically player Jong-ryeol "Saebyeolbe" Park, who raised their ire by criticizing Chinese censorship during a Twitch livestream in April.

A clip of Park's comments was shared on Twitter by Overwatch esports commentator Gatamchun, who also provided an English translation. "I can't call Taiwan, Taiwan. Taiwan is not a separate country," he said about restrictions he faces while streaming in China. "Hong Kong is also not a country. I can't say that. I can't say Taiwan and HK. At all. They don't recognize them as countries. I got into so much trouble for saying their names."

"So I was sad about that. Like, fuck, make it make sense. What are you talking about, 'One China?' So I objected to that and all the managers said, 'If you want to earn Chinese money, you have to become a Chinese dog.'"

    "So I was sad about that. Like, fuck, make it make sense. What are you talking about, "One China"? So I objected to that and all the managers said "if you want to earn Chinese money, you have to become a Chinese dog.

Park issued an apology for his "inappropriate remarks" a couple of days later, but it wasn't enough to calm the situation. Earlier this week, Dragons general manager Yang Van rejected the apology in a message on Weibo, saying (via Google Translate) that it is "not worthy of recognition and acceptance, so the total boycott of the player will continue." Representatives from other teams shared similar sentiments in their own posts.

It was clearly a big problem for the league. The Chinese teams were technically only boycotting Park, but unless the Dynasty benched him in competition (which seems unlikely), it was effectively against the entire team. And Blizzard, for obvious reasons, would be very reluctant to risk angering Chinese fans by forcing the teams to play. 

Fortunately for all involved, the matter has now been resolved. "The Overwatch League is a global community, one made stronger by the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our players and fans," a League spokesperson said in a statement. 

"We have discussed this matter with all teams involved and the learnings that have come from it. In the spirit of sportsmanship and continuing to deliver amazing competition for our fans around the world, the teams have agreed to resume normal activities with one another."
Fortunately for all involved, the matter has now been resolved. "The Overwatch League is a global community, one made stronger by the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our players and fans," a League spokesperson said in a statement. 

"We have discussed this matter with all teams involved and the learnings that have come from it. In the spirit of sportsmanship and continuing to deliver amazing competition for our fans around the world, the teams have agreed to resume normal activities with one another."

 

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