Asia Minute: Hong Kong Protests Move to Online Gaming

Dec 26, 2019

Protests have continued this week in Hong Kong. And while demonstrators have gathered this week from the harbor side to shopping malls, there’s also a group that has moved to online video games.

Christmas Day included more demonstrations in Hong Kong.

They’ve also moved online.

The latest version of the video game “Grand Theft Auto” was released earlier this month, and local media in Hong Kong report that gamers in the city realized they could dress as protestors — in black, with a yellow hard hat and a gas mask.

The online forum LIHKG encouraged members to buy the clothing they call the “Glory to Hong Kong suit” and join a crew called “Stand with Hong Kong.” LIHKG calls itself a “chill and relaxed area for Hong Kongers to hang out and chat with each other” — you need a Hong Kong internet service provider address to join in.

Meanwhile, players based in mainland China have found they can put on the uniforms of riot police — complete with water cannon trucks.

One result has been an online collision of the two sides.

Abacus News in Hong Kong reports that because of sheer numbers, those on the mainland have apparently been winning.

Abacus News also says another group of Hong Kong sympathizers have put together a simulation game called “Liberate Hong Kong” — where players can play the role of protestors. While another game from the other end of the political spectrum allows players to beat up protestors and activists.