Overwatch Switch launch event cancelled over #BlizzardBoycott


15, 2019

Activision-Blizzard’s upcoming Overwatch Switch launch event has been cancelled as the Blizzard Boycott continues.

The New York event, which was to celebrate the game’s Nintendo Switch port, would allow people to meet the game’s voice actors.

On October 8th, Nintendo allowed Nintendo Switch users to sign up for the event. The first 150 fans that signed up were allowed into the event.

After Blizzard suspended Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung for using pro-Hong Kong rebellion phrases during a livestream, the #BlizzardBoycott has been going strong. Blizzard characters such as Overwatch’s Mei have been used to support the Hong Kong rebellion.

Due to the controversy surrounding the title, Blizzard pulled out of the event.

“Please be aware that the previously announced Overwatch launch event scheduled for Wednesday 10/16 at NintendoNYC has been cancelled by Blizzard,” Nintendo announced. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The Overwatch Switch launch event may be a smaller event, but Blizzard’s cancellation speaks volumes. With the company’s colossal yearly event, Blizzcon, just around the corner, it remains unknown how Blizzard will handle the event. With protests likely to occur at the event, there’s no knowing how the developer will be handling the situation.

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