Activision Blizzard continues under the scrutiny of the United States Government after the State of California opened an investigation against the company for sexual harassment and employment inequality. This has caused a chain reaction that has spread throughout the world and that has forced the company to carry out layoffs, internal changes and obviously rethinking some tributes in several of his video games.
McCree He is one of the base characters of Overwatch and one of the most characteristic due to his western style and his ultimate ability, which can eliminate the entire enemy team in a matter of seconds. However, his name hides a murky matter: is a tribute to an employee implicated in Blizzard’s sexual harassment and employment inequality scandal. Now, Overwatch has announced that his new name is Cole Cassidy and will be made official in the video game on October 26.
Meet Cole Cassidy.
Rides into Overwatch October 26. pic.twitter.com/CT6PmaNXNs
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 22, 2021
The name change has its own story in the video game: Cassidy is a character who has been running from her past and now decide “be honest with your team and yourself“about who he really is. A way of bury the murky past of the character both in real life and in the video game.
Finally, we remember that this new name does not refer to anyone in the company and that no future name will. The official statement read: “From now on, game characters will no longer be named after actual employees, and we’ll be more thoughtful and demanding when adding real-world references to future Overwatch content.“.
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