The Overwatch Halloween Terror event is alive

Yolanda Curtis
October 19, 2019

Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Beck released a statement regarding the situation and it did very little to appease anyone.

Blizzard has not responded to a request for comment from Ars Technica (Nintendo simply referred our request back to Blizzard).

Due to the controversy surrounding the title, Blizzard pulled out of the event.

The global backlash to Blizzard was swift and protesters in Hong Kong even started using Overwatch hero Mei as an unofficial mascot, cosplaying as her and making signs with her famous voice lines like "the world is worth fighting for".

As part of the big Nintendo Switch launch, Blizzard and Nintendo had planned a major event in Nintendo's big store in NY - where, amidst other treats, fans would get the chance to meet the voice actors behind many of their favourite Overwatch heroes.

Blitzchung's political statement rippled across the internet after Blizzard banned the player, offering 2 statements.

On Oct 8 the Nintendo NYC store had announced the special launch event on Twitter. So far, Blizzard hasn't said anything about the cancellation to any of the major gaming sites.

Overwatch launches today on Nintendo Switch, just in time for the Halloween Terror event.

Despite the official silence, it's not hard to guess what is going on here. Social media across the board, including Blizzard's subreddits, have been ablaze with anger, calls for protest, and memes deriding the company.

The cancellation may work tomorrow but Blizzard won't be able to dodge this problem much longer.

What followed was a week of backlash against Blizzard, as employees threatened walkouts, gamers planned protests, and other high-profile players and casters on the Hearthstone pro scene either refused to play or stepped away from the game outright. I suspect not all of the protesters will remain outside the event.

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