This hurts. But until Blizzard reverses their decision on @blitzchungHS I am giving up playing Classic WoW, which I helped make and helped convince Blizzard to relaunch. There will be no Mark of Kern guild after all.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Let me explain why I am #BoycottBlizzard
But now we are in a situation where unlimited Communist money dictates our American values. We censor our games for China, we censor our movies for China.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Now, game companies are silencing voices for freedom and democracy.
China is dictating that the world be authoritarian.
I am ethnically Chinese. I was born in Taiwan and I lived in Hong Kong for a time. I have done buisiness with China for many years, with serveral gaming companies there.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
So I think I have a valid perspective here, having been a Team Lead at Blizzard and having grown up in Asia.
I have watched China slowly take over as the dominant investing force in gaming and movies over the years. It’s a shame US companies never believed as strongly as China and Asia in investing in games, but this allowed China to have unprecedented influence over our media.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Chinese game companies have grown huge not just because of market size, but because the government subsidizes them. They get free land, free offices, and huge infusions of cash.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
This cash was and is used to do expand and buy up stakes in US gaming companies.
I’ve seen firsthand the corruption of Chinese gaming companies, and I was removed from a company I founded (after Blizzard) for refusing to take a 2 million dollar kickback bribe to take an investment from China. This is the first time I’ve ever spoken pubically about it.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Chinese companies tried to ruin my career with planted press stories. Money is often paid for favorable press in China and some of that money flows here to the US as well.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
Unfortunately, money talks. China has succeeded in infiltrating all levels of tech, gaming and more.
Unfortunately, US and European companies are loath to take risks and invest in game companies legally as much as China was. China remained one of the few places mid tier studios could get funding.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019
So again, China influence grew. I’m sure this is the same for movies as well.
I take a huge risk by saying this. China monitors all social media and I know this means that we will probably never get an investment from China for my new MMO, and probably never get a license to operate there.— Mark Kern (@Grummz) October 9, 2019