Some additional things;
The U.S. national employees of a U.S. company abroad must observe the laws of the land wherever they are working and living and typically do not enjoy any type of diplomatic immunity or protection from observing such laws; they are subject to the penalties applied to local citizens if laws are breached. Many countries forbid taking pictures of government or military structures; others, such as Singapore, have strict laws against spitting on the pavement in public places.
You cannot take the stand that it is legal here, so therefore it should be legal there. I mean there are countries where it is acceptable for a man to have sex with a child, as long as they are married, or where certain drugs are legal, medical procedures, I could probably come up with a long list. Taking the one example, Jeffery Epstein was accused of engaging in sex with underage girls, in foreign countries where it may have been legal to do so. So we are applying US morality on actions that took place in other countries. You could legally purchase large quantities of drugs in other countries, you can use and smoke there, but once you are back here, you better not have it on your person. How many actors, or sports players have done questionable things, or made comments in other countries that have had repercussions here.
Myley Cyrus in banned from China because of a photo where she is slanting her eyes.
Brad Pitts film Seven Years in Tibet, and its portrayal of the 14th Dalai Lama in a positive light (along with communist officers depicted negatively), officials banned him from the country.
Jay-Z’s lyrics were deemed too “vulgar” for Chinese audiences, and he was banned from the country.
After her 2004 felony charges, Martha Stewart was turned away from the U.K. in 2008—she’d planned to speak at the Royal Academy there.
After he assaulted Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, Brown was subsequently given a temporary ban from the U.K., Canada, and Australia. His bans in Australia and the U.K. still stand.
Harrison Ford, who had criticized China’s treatment of Tibet, was also banned from China.
Russia denied Selena Gomez a visa due to her support of gay rights. She’d been set to perform at St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace before the government turned down her via application, apparently for fear that she’d speak out at her concert about the issue.
The ban was lifted in 2008, but during South Africa’s apartheid, when Mandela was officially classified as a terrorist, America banned him from the country.
The singer was set to perform a private concert in Egypt when officials moved to stop him. His being gay, his support for gay rights, and his criticism of religion were all factors in the ban.
So yeah, bans happen all over the world all the time, the list for Overwatch league is huge
Did Blizzard slip up by having a vague rule in the tournament rules? Certainly then did, and like any set of rules there will be addendum’s to them where they will specifically state that discussion of politics is a banable offense. The action taken was to the extreme is was, because that was the rule.
will result in removal from Grandmasters and reduction of the player’s prize total to $0 USD
I am sure they will adjust it to allow for lesser suspensions and loss of prize money for that particular tournament. You cannot think of every possible issue that may come up, so you have to make broad rules that will discourage most from breaking them. Blizzard will survive this, Hong Kong will continue to be a part of China, unless it is in China’s interest to cut it loose, the young man that has lost a year of being able to play professionally will probably be back playing for another team or another country next year. And next week we will be looking for the next thing to rally behind and project our views on. It’s an imperfect world, while we may personally feel things are not right in that country, there are a lot of people that live there that are perfectly happy with how things are.