Hong Kong protesters are fighting on the streets in GTA Online

Hong Kong protesters are fighting on the streets in GTA Online

Protests in the streets of Hong Kong are still ongoing, and the Chinese government remains adamant. Consequently, the players decided to move demonstrations to the streets of Los Santos – the central city of GTA V and GTA Online. 

A Response to Chinese Government Interference

The protests in Hong Kong began in March 2019, and there is no indication that they will end quickly. This is a response to the substantial interference of the Chinese government into the autonomy of the entire region and the violation of civil liberties. There is also the topic of the video games market, which contributes to the development of the situation we can see on the streets of Hong Kong. First, Blizzard was forced by Chinese politicians to suspend Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai. He is an e-sport player who supported the protesters after winning the Hearthstone tournament. Later, Valve was delayed with the release of Liberate Hong Kong and Karma characters for quite a long time. The reason was quite simple—the controversy and potentially illegal content. Moreover, Google also participated in it by removing the mobile game known as The Revolution of Our Times from their Google Play Store. It is all because the app was also supporting the protesters. The removal of this title caused a big stir, even among Google employees.

LIHKG Forum Organizes Virtual Protests in Los Santos

This time, thanks to one of the latest updates to GTA Online, hidden under the name of Diamond Casino Heist, we could notice an addition of plenty of new clothes and equipment. Among them, one could find yellow helmets and gas masks – the same ones used by demonstrators in Hong Kong. According to the BBC, users of LIHKG forum (the equivalent of Reddit in China) organized protests on the streets of Los Santos. Everyone who wanted to participate in the event had to join the “Stand With Hong Kong” crew and buy a set called “Glory to Hong Kong” in a clothing store. Protesting players wreaked havoc in every part of the city. They, for example, threw bottles with gasoline at police officers and their vehicles. What is more, they also attacked metro stations. It didn’t take long for players from mainland China to play the role of police units, and regular clashes broke out between the two groups on the streets. The Chinese Weibo service reported that the epic fight ended in the victory of the police forces – there were more players on their side than in the ranks of the protesters. 

The developers from Rockstar Games did not release any statement about this situation.

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