Blizzard adjustments the title of Overwatch’s McCree after a sexual harassment lawsuit
Blizzard plans to vary the title of Overwatch’s gunslinger character following the explosive sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the state of California in opposition to Activision Blizzard. The character was initially named “McCree” after Jesse McCree, a former long-time Blizzard worker who seems to be featured within the so-called “Cosby Suite” that Kotaku experiences about.
Blizzard has but to announce a brand new title for the character, and the studio can be delaying an in-game narrative arc during which he performed a “key role” because of the change. The corporate has additionally dedicated to cease naming in-game characters after actual staff.
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Not too long ago, some Overwatch League casters determined to not say the Gunslinger’s earlier title, however as a substitute name him “the Cowboy”.
The proposed change follows promised updates to World of Warcraft to “remove references that are not appropriate for our world” that will have associated to in-game references from former World of Warcraft Senior Artistic Director Alex Afrasiabi. Afrasiabi was singled out within the lawsuit for his problematic actions at Blizzard. He was laid off by Blizzard and seems to have labored for the corporate till June 2020.
The change additionally follows a latest choice by Blizzard to not create skins for Overwatch League MVPs following allegations of sexual assault in opposition to former Overwatch professional and MVP Jay “Sinatraa” Received.
When Blizzard confirmed that Jesse McCree was not with the corporate this month, it stated longtime associates Luis Barriga and Jonathan LeCraft had been additionally gone. Blizzard’s former HR chief Jesse Meschuk and former President J. Allen Brack additionally left in early August.
This week, the California Division of Honest Employment and Housing (DFEH), in an amended criticism, accused Activision Blizzard of “withholding and suppressing evidence” wanted for its investigation. Staff went to protest the corporate’s first public response to the lawsuit in July.