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Riot Says It Hasn't Banned Casters From Saying 'Hong Kong Attitude'

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With all the protests going on in Hong Kong, League of Legends casters appear to be avoiding saying the team name “Hong Kong Attitude” and seem to even be catching themselves when they do. Riot Games, however, says that it has not banned casters from saying “Hong Kong.”


Chinese conglomerate Tencent owns Riot and has a stake in Blizzard.

Below is a clip of recent instances in which casters appear to be correcting themselves before saying the team’s full name:

During the match, however, the team’s full name was clearly visible on stage. So is there an explanation for the awkward use of HKA”?


League of Legends spokesperson Ryan Rigney issued this statement:

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Its possible that the casters got together after seeing what Blizzard did and erred on the safe side independent of Riot. Being brave is great and all but all of the people supporting you aren’t gonna pay your rent if you get fired.

Just a note for these companies in general. If a single tweet or pro Hong Kong statement can shatter a lucrative business arraignment than maybe it’s best not to plan your future growth around it.