Overwatch players raise $12.7 million for Breast Cancer Research

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Sales of a special Overwatch skin and other merchandising related to the game have raised $12.7 million for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

The donation – which Blizzard says is: “The largest donation by a corporate partner within one year in Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s 25-year history,” – resulted from sales of the Pink Mercy skin in Overwatch. Pink Mercy was a limited-edition skin for the character Mercy, who Blizzard describes as: “A scientist and “guardian angel” of the game who has dedicated her life to helping others.” 100 per cent of the proceeds went to the BCRF.

Blizzard also made a limited edition Pink Mercy t-shirt available for purchase, designed by the artist VICKISIGH, again with all proceeds going to the BCRF. And charity stream viewers raised an additional $130,000 in donations, thanks to streams performed by 14 different Overwatch stars around the world on Twitch.

Further details of the fortnight-long initiative, including some stunning fan-art and photography of the cheque-handover event can be seen on Blizzard’s blog. Once again, gamers around the world have demonstrated that videogames can very tangibly be a force for good in the world.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.