I made this reply to another post, but I’m afraid that many people wouldn’t bother to scroll down to read it, and I don’t want to see rumor and baseless accusation get spread, so here we go:
The original pose assumed that blizzard did not even bother translated Tracer’s coming out comic and 76’s comming out novel into Chinese, but that is simply not true. People knows Tracer and S76 are gay in China, and both the comic and short novel was fully translated with no censorship. Yes, the comic was eventually forced to take down by China’s “media management department” due to the notorious censorship rule it published in early 2017, but it was not only Blizzard got hit. Around that time countless LGBT content and forums were took down by the government so I definitely don’t blame them. However you could still find the full comic now easily on other Chinese website, influding netease. And Blizzard still translated the short novel later on without any censorship.
I cannot insert link on this forum, but you could search up 守望先锋漫画映像 on baidu for the comic and Chinese players’ discussions about it, and check out Overwatch’s offical Chinese web for the novel, or search 《猫神》— 全新短篇小说 on baidu.
And before you start to imagine China like an absolute hell for LGBT people and all people work for government are homophobic, let me tell you it’s not. That censorship law published two years ago definitely made things tough, but it’s not like there’s no hope. Not all people in the government agree with the LGBT censorship, and Beijing just approved mutual guardianship fora gay couple this Summer, and our sociologist Dr.李银河 has been tirelessly advocate for LGBT rights in China.
It’s convinient for people to categorize things by good and evil, but reality is much more complex than that. On the recent controversy, people definitely have the freedom to support either side, but supporting HK doesn’t mean people have to view the entire China as your archenemy, nor should people attack innocent Chinese players and Mei’s VA (poor Elise I hope she’s alright). And definitely don’t take people’s assumption as fact and spread rumor.