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Overwatch's pink Mercy skin raises $12.7 million for charity

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Blizzard's pink, charity-oriented skin for Overwatch's Mercy
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Overwatch's community was called many a thing over the years, merciful most certainly not being one of them, but they came through when it mattered the most as Blizzard revealed that their pink Mercy skin has raised $12.7 million.

In case you didn't catch it, Blizzard started the charity event with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), aiming to help tackle one of the worst enemies of human kind. And no, I'm not thinking about Widow Maker and Hanzo.

Anyway, the Overwatch team came up with a symbolic way to help the charity, seeing as how Mercy is the real caretaker of the bunch. They made the pink skin and a bunch of limited edition pink Mercy t-shirts but we're not sure even they realised how magnificently the game's community will respond.

In addition to the $12.7 million, more than $130,000 was raised through 14 different Overwatch streams on Twitch. If one was cheeky enough, you could say that just sitting there doing nothing is still doing something, but that's a discussion for a later time.

Moreover, Overwatch's community has produced tons of fan art, cosplay and all sorts of pink Mercy-related stuff. Obviously, even disregarding the charity for a moment, people really seem to like seeing Mercy in pink.

It turns out that Blizzard and Overwatch's donation is the "largest donation by a corporate partner within one year in BCRF's 25-year history". To be frank, I'd normally rip them a new one for tooting their own horn at such a time but they did point out it was the Overwatch community who did this, so fair enough.

Having been lambasted for alarming toxicity in the Overwatch community, it's sure refreshing seeing that same community coming through like they did. Competitive or non-competitive - at the end of the day we're all human and that's what obviously mattered when push came to shove.

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Ultimately, it's pretty good news for Overwatch and its community, who wasted no time suggesting that Jeff and Co now "remove Brigitte". Back to the Kaplan pls scenarios we guess.