I mean, I 100% support the boycotts and bad press that Blizzard will hopefully get for this, but the problem isn't fundamentally that Blizzard is run by uniquely evil people, is it? Critiquing the profit motive itself is a perfectly valid take on this, isn't it?
No mate, that's a totally valid perspective. I think the anti-capitalist perspective on this is more or less "the profit motive forces corporations based even in ostensibly 'nice' countries to go along with the whims of horrible totalitarian dictatorships", where implicit in that is definitely "China is a horrible totalitarian dictatorship".
The two halves of this story are clearly Blizzard being greedy spineless cowards and China being cartoonishly evil, and I think both need to be talked about.
I know my point of view is valid, my girlfriend couldn't leave our block of flats because riot police beat her back in.
I know how valid my point of view is.
I'm not asking for your permission. I'm telling you that framing a social issue that spans multiple social and economic positions as 'Capitalism = teh bad' is both ridiculous and ignores literally every bit of context around it.
Yes, this particular Chinese tantrum is entirely capitalistic on Blizzard's part, trying as they are to not hurt their Chinese income. But don't think this is evidence that capitalism is bad.
It's that growing, aggressive and probably winning Totalitarianism is bad.
My local train station isn't on fire because of Capitalism. My students are not joining protests amongst whom one got shot point blank and nearly died because of capitalism. It's because of unchallenged authoritarianism.