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May want to avoid microtransactions in a lot of popular games right now. Specifically for myself and @Krisken, Tencent Games owns 80% of Grinding Gear Games, with plans to acquire the remaining 20% within 6 years of that initial purchase.
 
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May want to avoid microtransactions in a lot of popular games right now. Specifically for myself and @Krisken, Tencent Games owns 80% of Grinding Gear Games, with plans to acquire the remaining 20% within 6 years of that initial purchase.
Ya, don't they own 100% of Riot? Might have to stop playing LoL.
 
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I mean, Riot is a company run by complete sleazeballs so that shouldn't be a hard moral issue for anyone.
 
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Riot, Epic, Activision, Ubisoft, Paradox, GGG, Miniclip, Glu Mobile, and Supercell, according to Wikipedia. Sooooo... yeah. Lot's of companies suddenly selling out to China (most of those stock buys have taken place in the past two years). Looks like Valve is going to keep getting the bulk of what little money I can afford to spend on gaming.
 
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After 25 years of playing their games, I'm done. Battle.net and all of their games have been removed once and for all. I hope BlizzCon is uncomfortable as hell for the company.
 
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Wow... Blizzard are really sucking that Chinese cock hard. Word is they've removed all possible means of account verification to actively prevent people from deleting their accounts, and are refusing to authenticate people who provide photo evidence of their government issued ID.
 
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@PatrThom all I can do is forward on what others have reported, since I've yet to try it myself, but according to Reddit user u/ReverandRyu (and others), their request to cancel their account was denied even whilst submitting their passport for ID.
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And I just tried it and when it came time to verify my email address (not even my identity), they refused the 6 digit code they'd sent me and told me - on the first try - that I'd exceeded the maximum number of attempts and that I'd need to try a different authentication method. Seriously, Fuck Blizzard up their fat, comfy, CCP loving asses.

Edit: Also, when I try the optional methods, they tell me that my answers are wrong (and I'm damn certain I know the name of the one teacher I liked in high school).
 
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Probably said this before, but for decades I was a really big fan of Blizzard. I even spent a large chunk of my life making fan content for the warcraft series, going for over a decade with hundreds of posts, all of them in support of the games and series. Yes, I did make some money on it, as I started to do crowd sourcing, but I never claimed the series or characters as my own, it was always as a fan to help promote them and keep people interested in the series.

My mood on them started to darken when Mike Morhaime announced his retirement. I was never a fan of the Activision deal, but the one thing I knew was that Mike always worked hard to put the values of Blizzard first and foremost, even at great strain to himself. Example, he was the one that killed the real money auction house in D3, after asking if the developers even really wanted it in there. They said no they didn't, so he made the call to remove it, even though it pissed off Activision and their shareholders.

Not to get all conspiracy in here, but I knew straight away that this "retirement" was not his choice. I won't get into all the details and interviews and shit that pointed this out, or his mood at his final disastrous BlizzCon, all I really have to point out is that his title of "President and CEO" was changed mearly to "President". Mike's role used to have total executive control of Blizzard, but when J. A. Brack was put in charge, he was only named "President", thus they have no internal executive control anymore. They answer entirely to Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick.

Then that disastrous BlizzCon came, when they decided that their final promotion, the one they save for the biggest reveals, was for a Diablo mobile game. "Don't you guys have phones!?" they would say through the backlash. This is a company that has cancelled half it's games due to quality concerns, and now they were making their biggest BlizzCon promotion a mobile game they were having made in China. I shook my head and tried just moving forward.

Then they fired 800 employees from the company, all the while Bobby Kotick was doing shareholder calls bout the years "record breaking" profits. Still I tried to just move forward, even with the pain and fear setting into my heart.

Then my worst day came. Literally four days after Mike Morhaime's "consultation role" ended and he officially left the company, I was ambushed in my driveway while bringing home my kids, served a C&D letter from Blizzard to end all my work or suffer legal consequence. I spoke with lawyers, and was protected by Fair Use under parody, but I decided in the end not to fight it. It was not worth it to me to put my family through that for what was glorified fan work that I likely was not going to be a fan for much longer. I moved on to other series, stopped playing WoW for the most part, even though I miss my characters.

Now this new stuff with Hong Kong, it just makes me realize more then ever that the Blizzard I grew up with is gone. As much as I respect the artists and developers and all those people that work hard and make great games, the fact of the matter is, the top has been tainted. The executive order of Blizzard is now that of Activision entirely, and we all know what Activision cares about more then anything else. Cold, green cash. China gives them that.

So I ain't surprised anymore.
 
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*grumbles* If I unsub, there's a good chance the rest of my static just doesn't get to raid the rest of the expansion, which includes missing the Anniversary event (which I don't care about, but they do). So I'm probably stuck subbing for a few more months until we finish BFA.
 
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*grumbles* If I unsub, there's a good chance the rest of my static just doesn't get to raid the rest of the expansion, which includes missing the Anniversary event (which I don't care about, but they do). So I'm probably stuck subbing for a few more months until we finish BFA.
Way to take a stand.
 
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Oh, totally not. :rolleyes:

Meanwhile, for Epic fans - if there are any - the owner of that company has spoken and says China can get bent. Even though Tencent owns 40% of his company, he remains the majority stakeholder and will never bend to their will with his games. Similarly, while Tencent owns a percentage of Paradox, they chose to have Hearts of Iron 4 banned in China over making the game fit Chinese sensibilities.
 
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I'd delete my Blizzard account except my government ID no longer matches the name they have and I don't feel comfortable giving them all my court order, etc personal info.
 

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Just cancelled my sub. So that means I can no longer play WoW, Skyrim, Fallout....

Fuck these companies for making it so I can't play my favorite games.
 

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My friend, Caleb, also cancelled his sub. He and I started characters together and played them up to level 45 or so. I was just getting ready to start farming felcloth in Azshara - the thing I've been waiting for since classic came out. This sucks but I had to do it.
 
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Just cancelled my sub. So that means I can no longer play WoW, Skyrim, Fallout....

Fuck these companies for making it so I can't play my favorite games.
What did Bethesda do? I'm not saying they've done nothing wrong, because fuck Todd Howard, I'm just curious which specifically.

And there are so many games out there made by developers that aren't shitty. Like... so many.
 
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What did Bethesda do? I'm not saying they've done nothing wrong, because fuck Todd Howard, I'm just curious which specifically.

And there are so many games out there made by developers that aren't shitty. Like... so many.
They had that whole thing last year with the Fallout 76 Collector's Edition, where buyers were supposed to get a canvas duffel bag, but they switched it to nylon and claimed that their was a canvas shortage, then offered people $5 worth of in-game credit, but it leaked that they'd given other canvas bags to online "influencers." And then they made it even worse when, after adding the option for people to submit tickets to have bags made for them, the ticket system started exposing everyone's order info... to each other. Or at least, that's the first one that came up on their wiki.
 
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I submitted my delete account request. Not gonna miss it.

They didn't ask why, but I would have put: "The Chinese government also didn't have any factor in me wishing to delete any and everything Blizzard from my life. We both told the truth."
 
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They had that whole thing last year with the Fallout 76 Collector's Edition, where buyers were supposed to get a canvas duffel bag, but they switched it to nylon and claimed that their was a canvas shortage, then offered people $5 worth of in-game credit, but it leaked that they'd given other canvas bags to online "influencers." And then they made it even worse when, after adding the option for people to submit tickets to have bags made for them, the ticket system started exposing everyone's order info... to each other. Or at least, that's the first one that came up on their wiki.
Oh no, I know all their controversies, which is why I was curious which one it was.
 
They had that whole thing last year with the Fallout 76 Collector's Edition, where buyers were supposed to get a canvas duffel bag, but they switched it to nylon and claimed that their was a canvas shortage, then offered people $5 worth of in-game credit, but it leaked that they'd given other canvas bags to online "influencers." And then they made it even worse when, after adding the option for people to submit tickets to have bags made for them, the ticket system started exposing everyone's order info... to each other. Or at least, that's the first one that came up on their wiki.
Their most recent debacle was to expose people who bought Nuka-Cola Power Helmets from their store to a potentially harmful fungus (while also admitting that it only affected 25 people because that's the number they sold, despite making 2000 of them).

They are just... absolutely terrible right now.
 
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