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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.