The world we live in today is making it clear that there is no room at all for racism in our society and little by little we’re seeing racism that has flown under the radar finally reaching the spotlight in some cases, such as the Washington Redkin’s situation and now with Blizzard’s Overwatch. you are able to paint a symbol on the walls while in matches and one of those symbols was a noose. The character McCree has had his noose symbol replaced with a horseshoe which reads “bad luck” on it. I think this is a great move by Blizzard as even if it was never meant in a racist way it is being used that way by many players. so how’s Twitter reacting to the news? Let’s take a look.
Overwatch Update 2.93 Patch Notes on July 14th https://t.co/BjvK6UL5pL— Gaming Ideology (@gaming_ideology) July 14, 2020
Here’s the patch that made the change along with other changes.
In today’s update, the Overwatch McCree “Noose” spray has been removed and replaced with the “BAD LUCK” spray. pic.twitter.com/rpMAfJlB2y— Naeri X 나에리 (@OverwatchNaeri) July 15, 2020
Before and after…
I know some ppl are gonna indignant about this change, but toxic players were using the noose spray to threaten ppl in-game. I think it was a good and necessary thing for them to do. https://t.co/3BJqEqulhx— Udon Art 🖤BLACK LIVES MATTER🖤 (@Udon_Art) July 15, 2020
Agreed, regardless of how it was meant to be taken that is not how everyone sees it.
But some people feel it was a bit much.
I guess they took McCree’s noose spray out of Overwatch. It fit the “western theme” but idk why it was ever there. If Blizzard was really about supporting stuff, they’d take the police skins out too.— D😷m ❤️💜💙 (@BrothaDom) July 16, 2020
Fair point as League of Legends just recently had their own controversy over police skins. Read about it here https://listerzine.com/2020/07/06/cloud9-employee-calls-players-racist-for-using-police-skin-in-league-of-legendsex-employee/
Blizzard hasn’t had much to say on the matter, which is probably the smart move right now.
But some people have a lot to say on the matter…
That’s about all there is on it so far.
What are your thoughts? did blizzard do the right thing? should they take out the police skins as well?
Let us know in the comments 🙂