New Call Of Duty Trailer Censored In China Over Tiananmen Square Footage – Forbes


TOPLINE

Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s biggest video game companies, once again finds itself entangled in Chinese politics after the country censored a teaser trailer for the next entry in its blockbuster first-person shooter series Call of Duty, which featured a second-long clip of the Tiananmen Square protests.

KEY FACTS

Premiering on August 19, the trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War features historical clips of the conflict narrated by Soviet KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov, one of them being the 1989 student-led protest in Beijing.

On video platforms in China, the segment of the trailer was replaced with a black screen, and Activision Blizzard on August 21 released a shorter version of the trailer that did not include the scene.

The U.S. game company, which also develops World of Warcraft and Overwatch, found itself mired in controversy last fall after it banned a pro Hearthstone player for his pro-Hong Kong statements during a broadcast.