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Overwatch fan creates the perfect skin to support Australia firefighters

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created a stunning ‘Firefighter Roadhog’ skin that would be perfect as a fundraiser for the fires in Australia.

With the Australian outback currently being ravaged by widespread fires, people around the world have been looking for ways to support the relief efforts, including the communities around several of the most popular games.

Now, Overwatch fan Armando Golzalez-Dorta has produced an incredible skin design that would be perfectly suited for a charity fundraiser in aid of the relief.

Roadhog and Junkrat sitting together
Blizzard Entertainment

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As the name suggests, ‘Firefighter’ Roadhog sees the hero dressed in a firefighter’s uniform, complete with oxygen mask, classic fireman’s hat, and fire hydrant connected by a hose to his hook. Meanwhile, the tattoo on his belly pays tribute to the animals who are suffering as a result of the first.

With Roadhog being one of two Australian characters in the game – the other being Junkrat – this would be the perfect choice if Blizzard chose to offer players a new skin to raise money to aid the real fight against the fires down under.

Firefighter Roadhog Overwatch skin concept
Armando Gonzalez-Dorta

On January 5, a Reddit post proposing a skin of this type for Roadhog and Junkrat as a fundraiser saw massive support from the community, garnering over 64,000 upvotes. It wouldn’t be the first time that Blizzard had sold a skin in service of a good cause, with the ‘Pink Mercy’ skin raising nearly $10 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Blizzard also wouldn’t be the only game company to offer its players the chance to contribute to the relief effort. Infinity Ward recently released the ‘Outback Relief Pack’ for Modern Warfare, 100% of the net proceeds from which will be donated to the cause.

So far, the developers have yet to respond to calls for such a fundraiser, but with Blizzard having previously stated that they would like to run events such as ‘Pink Mercy’ for charity in the future, it’s certainly possible they could have something in the works.