As a sidenote, locally, the news coverage has been rather middling, not exactly siding with the government, but also not shying away from remarking on the violent nature of some of the protests.
Not exactly supporting the Chinese government, but not outright bashing it or siding with the protesters either.
And of course, not making it clear exactly what the protests are about, as usual the perfect set up to let everyone go with their own pre-existing bias, which is what the considerate news outlet wants these days, anyway.
As far as I understand, this last round was prompted by a plan to introduce a new extradition law, but this is in the context of rising independentist pressures inside HK, so it seems to fall into one of those “shall we call them freedom fighters, or terrorists?” quandaries.
In such situations, choice of words must be carefully exercised, and even omitting a comma can change the meaning of a sentence, and the outlook on a movement.
I’ll admit I don’t feel like I have nearly enough information to have an opinion that is worth expressing.
Specifically about Blizzard, doing business inside China means having to deal with rather strict regulations and demands, so some firms have famously decided to stay outside of it (many will remember the perpetual shall we/shall we not debates inside Google, surely?), and others have withdrawn from it.
Since Blizzard is still operating in China, I suspect they have to play by the Chinese rulebook whether they want it or not, and regardless of the way these decisions will reflect on their image.
Blizzard has been getting bashed pretty hard, anyway, for other decisions, rightly so, IMHO, when it had to do with the way Activision has begun steering Blizzard around in directions that are untradtional and seen as unhealthy for the company.
However, this is more complicated because both politics (so how does “keep politics out of my games” fit into this?) as well the specifics of the Hong Kong situation factor in the picture.