Blizzard says it plans to alter the name of Overwatch’s gunslinger character following the explosive sexual harassment lawsuit introduced in opposition to Activision Blizzard by the state of California. The character was initially named “McCree” after Jesse McCree, a former longtime Blizzard staffer who seems to be pictured within the so-called “Cosby Suite” reported on by Kotaku.
Blizzard hasn’t shared a brand new title for the character but, and the studio will delay an in-game narrative arc the place he performed a “key part” because of the change. The corporate additionally dedicated to not naming in-game characters after actual workers.
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Lately, some Overwatch League casters had chosen to not say the gunslinger character’s former title, as an alternative calling him “the cowboy.”
The deliberate change follows promised updates to World of Warcraft to take away “references that are not appropriate for our world,” which can have referred to references of former World of Warcraft senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi in the game. Afrasiabi was singled out within the lawsuit for his problematic actions whereas at Blizzard. He was fired from Blizzard and seems to have labored for the corporate until June 2020.
The change additionally follows a latest determination by Blizzard not to create skins for Overwatch League MVPs after sexual assault allegations surfaced in opposition to former Overwatch professional and MVP Jay “Sinatraa” Gained.
When Blizzard confirmed that Jesse McCree was not on the firm this month, it mentioned that longtime workers Luis Barriga and Jonathan LeCraft had been gone, too. Blizzard’s former head of HR Jesse Meschuk and former president J. Allen Brack additionally left earlier in August.
This week, California’s Division of Truthful Employment and Housing (DFEH) accused Activision Blizzard of “withholding and suppressing evidence” wanted for its investigation in an amended grievance. Staff walked out in protest of the corporate’s preliminary public response to the lawsuit in July.