Blizzard to vary identify of Overwatch’s McCree following sexual harassment lawsuit

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Blizzard says it plans to vary the identify of Overwatch’s gunslinger character following the explosive sexual harassment lawsuit introduced towards 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 identify for the character but, and the studio will delay an in-game narrative arc the place he performed a “key half” as a result of change. The corporate additionally dedicated to not naming in-game characters after actual workers.

Just lately, some Overwatch League casters had chosen to not say the gunslinger character’s former identify, as a substitute calling him “the cowboy.”

The deliberate change follows promised updates to World of Warcraft to take away “references that aren’t acceptable for our world,” which can have referred to references of former World of Warcraft senior inventive director Alex Afrasiabi within the sport. 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 till June 2020.

The change additionally follows a current choice by Blizzard to not create skins for Overwatch League MVPs after sexual assault allegations surfaced towards former Overwatch professional and MVP Jay “Sinatraa” Received.

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 proof” wanted for its investigation in an amended grievance. Workers walked out in protest of the corporate’s preliminary public response to the lawsuit in July.