Overwatch 2’s ‘Sexual Harassment Simulator’ Made A Brief Return

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Trigger warning: sexual assault and harassment.

An inappropriate Overwatch 2 sport mode reappeared, however it’s not one to get enthusiastic about. The mode, titled “sexual harassment simulator,” was performed sufficient instances that it appeared as some of the fashionable over the weekend for some gamers, based on PC Gamer, which noticed the reappearance simply earlier than Blizzard shortly pulled it down.

Another “sexual harassment simulator” was found in October 2022, however each tasked gamers with pulling down Overwatch 2‘s feminine heroes (like Mercy and Widowmaker) whereas taking part in because the cowboy Cole Cassidy and repeatedly crouching over their our bodies, apparently, as PC Gamer reported, with the phrase “raping…” till the character in query is labeled “pregnant” as an AI-controlled Torbjorn supposedly fills the function of the newborn. This is disgusting on so many ranges it is not even humorous, particularly as a result of gamers are pressured to play as Cassidy, beforehand often known as McCreethe identical identify because the ousted Activision Blizzard developer who took half in the controversial “Cosby Suite” meetups.

A screenshot of the customized mode was posted to Overwatch‘s official subreddit by person Joyolo13who merely requested: “What in god’s identify?”

“Lol I bear in mind seeing this each day [Overwatch 1],” mentioned Redditor sw1nky. “Can’t say I’m shocked it is nonetheless round, [to be honest].”

“McCree is again within the sport I suppose,” mentioned person FoulfrogBsc.

Kotaku was unable to search out the customized sport mode in Overwatch 2 because it seems Blizzard took the “sexual harassment simulator” offline—for now. So, it appears the corporate is conscious that such a mode exists however is likely to be having a tough time stopping it from reappearing within the sport.

“Inappropriate or specific content material has completely no place in our sport,” a Blizzard spokesperson instructed PC Gamer when the outlet requested concerning the first model of the mode final yr. “We instantly eliminated the user-created sport mode as soon as made conscious of its existence. We are constantly working to enhance computerized filters to forestall inappropriate user-created content material, and manually eradicating any that aren’t caught by the system.”

Kotaku reached out to Activision Blizzard for remark.

While that is a minimum of the second time the “sexual harassment simulator” has popped up Overwatch 2 particularly, gamers famous {that a} related mode existed in some type within the unique Overwatch sport. At the time, gamers posted PSAs to warn the group concerning the offensive content material. Of course, not all player-created sport modes are this egregious. But it’s regarding that this subject has come up greater than as soon as inside just a few months.


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