The Curious Case of Blizzard And Bethesda

Blizzard and Bethesda have seemingly made it their jobs to destroy every single ounce of trust and respect they’ve earned in their development years ago. With the release of Fallout 76 hitting its 1 Year anniversary on the 4th. And Blizzards Absolutely horrendous actions to a Hearthstone player, showing their true feelings and love for money. But in order to understand why these once respected companies are now in the trash. We’ll have to go back to the beginning of their Absolutely massive mistakes.

November 4th, 2018

The Beginning of the End

November 4th Marked the release of this highly anticipated game which was greatly encouraged at E3. The Bethesda event that Mr. Todd Howard lead hyped up the first Multiplayer Fallout Game to a ridiculous degree. Four times the size of Fallout 4, better Rendering, Lighting, And Landscape Technology. This game was going to change Fallout forever, Sixteen times the Detail, Howard Said. And did it deliver on those promises?

No, no it did not.

Fallout 76 released with a 45 Gigabyte Patch, not a good first sign. If you were patient enough you’d get a chance to step into the utter hell that was the 76 wasteland. And there were a lot more than just normal Bloatflies and Stingwings. Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs absolutely riddled the game that had an almost unknown amount of issues, from Simple Character model glitches to game-breaking Server crashing issues that made the game absolutely unplayable and a mess. From Carry-weight being unlimited, unlimited health, invisible enemies, enemies T posing to assert their dominance, Too many enemies. Countless issues that players face to this day, which more than a year has passed by. If the issues simply were simply gameplay issues, then this wouldn’t be much of an issue. But it was not.

The FeedBack, And The Exploits

The feedback that haunted Bethesda was coming in waves. Disgruntled customers wanting their refunds. Game Review sites giving Fallout 76 one of the lowest ratings of a Bethesda project. Refunds were beginning to pile in, people wanting their money back from Bethesda. Unfortunately, the game is not on steam. PC players were forced to use Bethesda’s own Game Launcher, and giving Bethesda all of the power in this situation and Denying Players Refunds. And one of the most important, Players getting into the Dev Room, (Development Room) Which holds every item in the game, which is a Normality in Bethesda games.

What leads to more and more distraught players, also exposed many players who exploited the game for their benefits, Infinite Carry Weight, A Unlimited Caps Exploitation. Scrap exploits, Infinite Invisibility, Run Speed. And How Did Bethesda Deal with this? They began to Ban many users on the servers, some innocent, some not. The Ridiculous band also lead to Players getting into the Dev room. Bethesda not knowing how they got into it, issued a very interesting email. Entailing that if they explained how they got into the Dev Room, they Might Remove their Ban. Of course, they never got a response back. Even with all of this, it couldn’t get any worse? Sadly it got Much, Much worse.

Canvas Bag, oh Where art Thou?

The Canvas Bag issues are essentially the same with others, An item that seemed to be characterized as one thing, turns out it wasn’t. Which is illegal. The Canvas Bag was part of the Pre-order Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76, along with a list of other items. One of them was a Canvas Duffle bag. And when the Box came, there was no canvas Bag, it was more a green trash bag. Obviously, it wasn’t a trash bag, but it obviously was NOT Canvas.

There was an obvious heavy amount of backlash well deserved, and of course, Bethesda made another response. Stating that they wouldn’t do anything about it. The Support team obviously was to blame at that point and Bethesda issued a better response. Stating that they’d produce actual canvas bags for those who purchased the Pre Order, funny enough, they DID create canvas bags before. Especially for Fallout Promoters before. Regardless they promised to at least Fix this issue, of course, it took some, “Legal Persuasion” to help.

Fallout 76 has gotten progressively better since its absolutely horrendous start in November of 2018. Reaching closer to 2020, we can only hope that Bethesda can somehow wipe this massive and destructive stain off their previously clean record. The second company, isn’t so Lucky


Hellish Blizzard And Revolt

To understand Blizzard’s Ridiculous sidings with China, you’ll have to understand what’s going on between Hong Kong and China.

Protests Started over an Extradition Bill, which is a Bill from both countries in participation that allows Criminals of either county to be extradited and sent to said other countries if they are found guilty of a crime in the opposing country. Taiwan and Hong Kong proposed an Extradition Bill, the major downside of the Bill is it would also allow extradition from China to Hong Kong.

China and Hong Kong have very, different political views, with the bill put into a pass, it would give China more leverage over Hong Kong. Hong Kong is technically part of China but works with completely different policies, a Seni autonomous region. With the bill, residents of Hong Kong fear this bill will push more power out of Hong Kong and into China. Protests begin, And this is where Blizzard Hand is put into it.

Blitzchung

A Hearthstone player from Hong Kong going by the name blitzchung won a season match. And in a post-match interview said something somewhat accurate to “Liberate Hong Kong”. He was banned for a year, and the prize money he won was taken away, and the Men also in the interview were fired. Blizzard claims that blitz broke the rules of their player conduct and pride deduction laws. Which I will quote here

“Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damaged Blizzard image will result in removal from the Grandmasters and reduction of the players’ prize total to $0. In addition to other remedies which may be provided for under the Handbook and Blizzards Website terms.”

Essentially, The Hearthstone Community protested Blizzards ban and showed no support to the company after its major screw up. And many began to wonder why Blizzard would do this, and the answer is simple but always has deeper meaning, money.

Tencent, is a company in China that has a share in Blizzard. Blizzard also has a large amount of business within China. And a Hong Kong player protesting against China on Blizzard’s platform? You can see how this would be a problem for them. If China were to cut ties with Blizzard, they would lose potentially millions with of dollars in China. After enough pushback, Blizzard issued an apology, which they fixed a few issues, blitzchung’s ban was reduced from one year to only half, Six months. The commentators were only banned for Six months as well, Blitz will also get his prize money as well. In the apology, they claimed that their ties with China did not influence their decision.

The specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to bod clear: our relationship with China has no influence on our decision”

Which to many sounded like well, a lie. This seemingly is because Blizzard has done Overwatch Pride Events, That can be argued as political, which are the claims of why he was suspended. When that Apology did not work, the issue was addressed at Blizzcon in 2019 by President of Blizzard J. Allen Brack. Not once did he actually mention China, Hong Kong, the protests, or even blitzchung himself. This apology felt like a weak PR move to try and gain some semblance of their fans back. We can only hope that if this continues Blizzard will try to actually fix this going forward into 2020.