A video game simulating the current protests in Hong Kong has been developed by an unknown game team.
The trailer of Liberate Hong Kong was uploaded to Streamable last night and has already received more than 3,000 views.
In the first-person format, players will have to complete tasks like “pick up and throw” tear gas canisters. They must “avoid getting hit” and “use road signs or wooden boards to act as shields”, all while “thousands of rubber, bean bag rounds and live rounds are shot at the protesters”.
The realistic graphics depict famous thoroughfares including Argyle Street in the Yau Tsim Mong district, and show pro-democracy slogans that are have been written across buildings and road signs across the city.
There is an interactive feature explaining key events from the protests including the Yuen Long attacks, the alleged Prince Edward MTR attack on August 31, and the live round shot at an 18-year-old protester on October 1.
Ng Wai-chung, a popular Hearthstone player from Hong Kong, who goes by the name “Blitzchung”, is set to stream the game on Twitch at 7pm this evening.
Chung was recently embroiled in controversy after he championed the pro-democracy protests during a live post-game stream. It sparked Blizzard, the developer of Hearthstone, to issue a ruling, condemning his actions. Chung’s prize money was that he won in the Grandmasters second 2019 season was taken away from him, and he was banned from playing in Hearthstone e-sports professionally for a year.
The episode resulted in many gamers calling for people to #BoycottBlizzard on social media. Notable e-sports commentator, Brian Kibler also wrote in a long Medium post that he would no longer work on the Hearthstone Grandmasters finals.