Overwatch Event for Nintendo's New York City Store Gets Cancelled

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2019

Following a week of intense vitriol towards Blizzard's questionable punishment of professional Hearthstone player Blitzchung due to his announcement of "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" made during an official Hearthstone post-match interview, Blizzard is clearly trying to pick up the pieces of their reputation.

As a result, a celebratory party in New York City for the Switch launch of Overwatch has been canceled. The event was advertised to have the voice actors present where fans could meet with them and talk about the game.

The Nintendo Switch port of Overwatch is out tomorrow, Tuesday 15th October, and you can now grab it for just over twenty quid over at CD Keys.

Considering Blizzard don't have anything dramatic happening at the moment, except for the Hong Kong censoring fiasco, it is quite obvious what the reason for cancellation is.

Unforeseen consequences apparently continue to batter the Tencent backed corporation of Activision-Blizzard, fresh from the PR nightmare of banning two casters and Hearthstone champion due to a singular pro-Hong Kong statement made on stream by the Hearthstone victor. Polygon has reached out to Blizzard for more information.

Gamers are still planning to protest the company at BlizzCon in two weeks after all, so hosting a high-profile launch event in the Big Apple could attract exactly the kind of attention Blizzard is trying to avoid right now. With the company's colossal yearly event, Blizzcon, just around the corner, it remains unknown how Blizzard will handle the event. The physical copy of the game won't contain a cartridge, but a download code. Overwatch is releasing today for the Switch.

Alysia Judge is a freelance writer and presenter.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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