A couple of weeks ago, amid all the hype with Blizzard, some gamers came out with a boycott of the in-game Overwatch character McCree. This was due to the fact that the name of the hero is in honor of the Blizzard designer. But amid the harassment and bro-culture scandal in the studio, designer Jesse McCree was fired. Now Blizzard has tweeted that it will rename the character to Overwatch.
Isn’t this a great example of the so-called “whitewashing” – instead of solving problems without interfering with the game itself, it is much better to go on about a loud minority and finish off the name. The name was not behaving in an inappropriate way, not the character, why should they be punished?
Here’s what the Overwatch team wrote:
We built the Overwatch universe around the idea that inclusiveness, equality and hope are the building blocks for a better future. These are the central pillars of the game and the Overwatch team.
Continuing discussions on how to better align with our values and demonstrate our desire to create a game world that reflects them, we believe there is a need to change the name of the hero now known as McCree. Something that reflects Overwatch’s values.
We understand that any changes to this beloved and key hero of the game will take time, we will talk about the progress. In the near future, we planned to release a story arc – already in September, introducing a new story and in-game content in which McCree has an important place. Since we want to implement the change, we decided to delay the release of the arch to a later date. In addition, in the future, we will not name game characters by employee names and intend to be more careful with any references to reality in Overwatch content.
This will help us strengthen the universe we are creating, which is different from the real world and better illustrates the fact that Overwatch is a team achievement. Updates are in progress and are just a part of the overall intention to take the necessary actions and changes to create a future worth fighting for. We know action speaks louder than words, and we hope to show the community that we are working to improve Overwatch.
A message from the Overwatch team. pic.twitter.com/2W3AV7Pv6X
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 26, 2021
Goodbye McCree. Even if they come up with something more acceptable to a high-profile minority, Overwatch fans will not forget you.
As noted on Twitter: What happens if in the future a person named Reinhardt or May does something bad. Wait for more renames?