These Hearthstone tournaments can involve some serious money, and for many, is their livelihood.
He said [translated]: "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" A protest slogan.
After the statement was made, the stream promptly cut to an ad break.
But what happened after the interview might be revealing.
A tweet by Houston Rockets Manager supportive of #HongKongProtesters was suddenly deleted after pressure by top NBA higher-ups.
Companies are having investment and the Chinese marketplace leveraged against them by state censors to control not only how that company acts within it's borders, but also internationally.
It's a new pattern of soft power coercive control.
At this stage, I might start sounding like a bit of a right-wing xenophobe. But ultimately, China is ranked 177 out of 180 for press freedom. rsf.org
The 2018 Democracy Index ranked China as an Authoritarian Regime.
While Freedom of the house ranks Net censorship as Pervasive.