Weeks after Korean DPS player Jong-ryeol "Saebyeolbe" Park expressed his support for Hong Kong's independence, the Chinese Overwatch League teams, including the Hangzhou Spark, Shanghai Dragons, Guangzhou Charge, and Chengdu Hunters, have revealed they won't be taking part in any activities that involve SBB, including scrims or matches, as protest.
SBB mocked the One China movement back in April, stating how ridiculous it was that he couldn't call Taiwan and Hong Kong by their names, adding that his managers told him "if you want to earn Chinese money, you have to become a Chinese dog."
Despite the Seoul Dynasty DPS apologizing for his words days after the stream, multiple members within the Chinese orgs didn't accept his plea, including Shanghai Dragons' General Manager, Van, who confirmed the team won't take part in any scrims, media interviews, and "any kind of activities" SBB is a part of.
Following this statement, Chengdu Hunters' manager Luke, Guangzhou Charge's manager Mandara, and Hangzhou Spark's Xiaogui all expressed a mutual feeling, boycotting Saebyeolbe for the foreseeable future.
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The implications of this boycott could mean that Seoul Dynasty would need to drop SBB from its roster to continue playing in the APAC region, or at least temporarily suspend him until the issue is resolved. It's undetermined if this has affected his playtime, as SBB has yet to participate in any official OWL 2021 matches with the Dynasty.
As of the time of writing, Blizzard has yet to issue a statement regarding the situation. We'll update you as the story develops.