Blizzard Reveals Breast Cancer Research Foundation Overwatch Skin

Dr. Angela Ziegler - codename Mercy - has been the game's staple healer since the game's launch in May 2016. But for Tuesday's Overwatch patch, Blizzard is focusing on Mercy for a different reason. The Pink Mercy skin will be available as of today in the Blizzard shop and via in-game purchase too with 100% of all proceeds being donated to the BCRF. "Mercy is a symbol of helping and healing, and therefore we've chose to introduce a new Mercy skin called Pink Mercy, today".

A second developers update video has also been released, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has explained the plan for the Pink Mercy skin. For the full patch notes, check out the Overwatch forums. They will announce the total proceeds raised at an undecided time after the event ends on May 21st.

An in-game skin isn't the only effort Blizzard has made to support the fight against breast cancer this month.

Blizzard has a history of using their IPs towards charity, like last year's BlizzCon charity auction for the Children's Hospital of Orange County and their World of Warcraft "Shadow the Fox" pet purchases going towards Red Cross Disaster Relief after tough natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Simply log on any time between now and May 21 to earn a unique BCRF-themed player icon.

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Blizzard has also partnered with streamers to set up charity broadcasts, with exclusive rewards going to viewers who have linked their Blizzard account and watch for extended periods.

To be eligible to receive Pink Mercy Twitch Drops you must first link your Blizzard account to your Twitch account. You can do this by heading on over to the Twitch Connections page.

In their statement, Blizzard spoke of how breast cancer research is cause close to their hearts: 'The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the world's largest private funder of breast cancer research, supporting the work of 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions in 15 countries across six continents.

Special global emotes are available for Twitch chat during the event as well. "On designated days, each creator will host a dedicated charity stream on Twitch, and all donations (including Twitch Bits) received during that specific stream will be sent to BCRF".

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