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As the Overwatch team revealed McCree's new name today they also decided to enable a free change for everyone's BattleTag (available until Novemeber 5th)! If you have a 4-digit BattleTag and decide you might want to change it, keep in mind it will be changed into a 5-digit one instead.

Here's the new hero's name and the blue post:

Blizzard LogoBattle Tag Name Change (Source)

As we introduce a new name, you might have the desire to do the same. Starting 22 October, 2021 and continuing through 5 November, 2021, all players will be offered a free BattleTag name change. This applies to anyone who does not currently have a free name change available. Existing name changes will not stack for future use.

Players can request a name change through this form. You will receive a notification once your request has been processed. Please allow up to four weeks for processing.

Thanks and we’ll see you in game!

The Overwatch Team

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I still don't understand how the name of a fictional character from a game can be offensive to anyone.

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4 minutes ago, Calin said:

I still don't understand how the name of a fictional character from a game can be offensive to anyone.

Especially since you would think the name Blizzard (ya know the company the people who were harassed worked for and that employed most of the people they are now trying to scrub from history) would bring up more bad memories and offended more people but that's the one name that isn't going to be changed cause that would actually require the company spend money, so it's easier to put out meaningless, easy to do name changes and act like they did something significant.

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1 hour ago, Calin said:

I still don't understand how the name of a fictional character from a game can be offensive to anyone.

No man, the point is to avoid bad press /Twitter outrage, that's why the whole overcorrection process took place they don't want any of that shi't being held against them in the future. If it's percieved as bad for business it's getting removed/changed without a second thought and that's all there is to it.

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8 hours ago, Calin said:

I still don't understand how the name of a fictional character from a game can be offensive to anyone.

Because his old name was a reference to a Blizzard employee(Jesse McCree) that was himself part of the issue they are getting sued and is now fired.

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44 minutes ago, Marick said:

Because his old name was a reference to a Blizzard employee(Jesse McCree) that was himself part of the issue they are getting sued and is now fired.

But it's a fictional character!
Did they say it was a reference or is that something people are presuming?
Actually, that doesn't really matter, I feel people are choosing to create that link, whereas I on the other hand don't want to show hate on a name 😄

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1 hour ago, Calin said:

But it's a fictional character!
Did they say it was a reference or is that something people are presuming?
Actually, that doesn't really matter, I feel people are choosing to create that link, whereas I on the other hand don't want to show hate on a name 😄

Except the name was confirmed reference to Jesse McCree(its literally his real life name) even before all of the lawsuit stuff came out.

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40 minutes ago, Marick said:

Except the name was confirmed reference to Jesse McCree(its literally his real life name) even before all of the lawsuit stuff came out.

but why does it matter?
can't you see the name without thinking about Jesse MeCree?
next thing we know, everyone start rebranding everything because it reminds us of other things (ohh wait, blizz already did that with wow 😄 )

Can we stop getting so offended about everything? 😄

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18 hours ago, Calin said:

but why does it matter?
can't you see the name without thinking about Jesse MeCree?
next thing we know, everyone start rebranding everything because it reminds us of other things (ohh wait, blizz already did that with wow 😄 )

Can we stop getting so offended about everything? 😄

The most funniest thing about this is that 99% of the playerbase in Overwatch had no idea about this until Blizzard changed the name.

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On 10/24/2021 at 12:34 PM, Nakzul said:

The most funniest thing about this is that 99% of the playerbase in Overwatch had no idea about this until Blizzard changed the name.

The Streisand effect is a phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of increasing awareness of that information.

My guess is that drawing attention to the fact that a higher-up was fired is exactly the desired effect.

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