Blizzard reveals how the millions raised by Overwatch's Pink Mercy are helping fight breast cancer - Dexerto

Blizzard reveals how the millions raised by Overwatch’s Pink Mercy are helping fight breast cancer

Published: 17/Oct/2018 15:48 Updated: 17/Oct/2018 15:56

by Joe O'Brien


Blizzard has revealed how the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is making use of the money raised by Overwatch’s Pink Mercy charity campaign.

The campaign lasted for three weeks in May of 2018, during which time players could buy the $15 Pink Mercy skin, real life merchandise such as t-shirts, or watch and donate to partnered streamers to support breast cancer research.

The fundraiser proved an overwhelming success, raising a massive $12.7 million for charity. The donation became the largest the BCRF has ever received from a corporation in its 25 years of operation.

Blizzard has now revealed exactly how that money will benefit the fight against breast cancer, with a post detailing three initiatives that have been funded thanks to the Overwatch players.

The first is the “Precision Prevention Initiative”, which will see the BCRF put together a think tank of breast cancer research specialists to design their upcoming Request for Proposals, grants given to selected clinical and laboratory studies that will aim to address breast cancer prevention.

The second program is the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium Award. The award will help to launch five new clinical trials this year, within a consortium “comprised of 19 medical institutions and nearly 200 investigators aimed at accelerating new treatments for patients with breast cancer.”

Finally, the Pink Mercy donation will contribute to BCRF’s Annual Research Grants Program. The Overwatch community will fund 25 research grants across seven different research fields.

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With the incredible success of the Pink Mercy fundraiser, it seems highly likely that Blizzard will run another fundraiser at some point in the future. The company has already expressed its desire to do so, although exactly how frequently such events will occur remains unknown.


Overwatch player’s dad goes viral after recreating every hero emote

Published: 24/Nov/2020 22:50

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch player’s dad has gone viral for recreating emotes for all of the game’s original heroes and has given us inspiration for a fantastic Reinhardt skin idea all at the same time.

Over the years the emotes of Overwatch heroes have been recreated and memed countless times, but you don’t often see the kind of dedication required to attempt one from each hero in a single go.

But, that’s just what one YouTuber Nick Luciano and his dad did in a video using various household items that’s once again making the rounds on Reddit, and we have to say that Reinhardt impression is still one of the best we’ve ever seen.

Masterfully replacing the rocket hammer for an electric weed wacker, Luciano’s father knocks it out of the park with moves that could have been the motion capture for the character himself, before realizing his neighbor was watching and trying to laugh it off with a casual “hey Carl!”

To be fair the clip at the top of the game’s subreddit is more than three years old at this point, but pops has been hard at work recreating all kinds of emotes and poses from various titles on YouTube since, Overwatch included.

What you won’t see in the Reddit post are the additional emotes performed by Luciano’s dad, released a year later. Who knew that all it took was a back pillow to make a perfect D.Va costume in just a few seconds?

Obviously, he’s not a professional YouTuber, so there’s no real regular upload schedule or any kind of consistency, but for this kind of great content, that’s just fine. He probably has dad stuff to do as well, such as mowing the lawn, and organizing various shelves in the garage.

With Overwatch 2 right on the horizon, and hopefully a new game’s worth of emotes coming along with it, Luciano and his pops will hopefully find the time to record even more hilarious imitations in the backyard.