In a controversial move, the gaming giant Activision Blizzard is suspending those users who cannot prove they own a portrait of former Chairman of the Communist Party of China Mao Zedong in their home. The move is believed to be an attempt to further attract Chinese investors and appeal to the Chinese gaming market. Activision Blizzard spokesman Burt Johansson had the following to say:
“We’re introducing some changes that we feel will make our products much more friendly to the international market in the least intrusive way possible for our current player base. Right now all we need is proof that our users are properly venerating the late Chairman Mao, which is a small task to request, and we even provide links to a very reliable vendor for such portraits. We may in the future also ask that users agree that Taiwan is rightfully a part of the People’s Republic of China, and that the Dalai Lama is an international criminal, but we have yet to decide on these matters yet. Either way, they’re very minor adjustments and I’m confident our fans will love them.”
Reportedly, players critical of these practices are mysteriously turning up in re-education camps in Xinjiang, though Mr. Johansson did not comment on these allegations.