Blizzard says it plans to change the name of Overwatch’s gunslinger character following the explosive sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the state of California against Activision Blizzard. The character was originally named “McCree” after Jesse McCree, a former longtime Blizzard employee who appears to be depicted in the so-called “Cosby Suite” reported by Kotaku.
Blizzard has not yet shared a new name for the character. The studio will also postpone an in-game storyline featuring McCree due to the change. The company has also committed to no longer naming in-game characters after actual employees.
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The planned change follows promised updates for World of Warcraft to “remove references inappropriate for our world”, which may have referred to: references of former World of Warcraft senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi in-game. Afrasiabi was singled out in the lawsuit for his problematic actions at Blizzard. He was fired from Blizzard and seems to have worked for the company until June 2020.