Injustice 2 Mobile Global Pride Challenge Asks You To Beat Up an LGBT Character

06/03/2021 - 19:31 | By: Don Parsons
A Great Injustice Was Done

Update June 4th, 2021 8:25 AM: The Injustice 2 Mobile account posted an apology for the event last evening:

We recognize associating our latest Global Challenge with Pride was insensitive and inappropriate. Real life violence against the LGBTQIA+ community and women within that community inp articular is all too common and we should actively engage in efforts to end LGBTQIA+ violence, not normalize it. We apologize to the greater community, but especially LGBTQIA+ members. We are committed to listening and doing better.

With that being said, the event is still available in-game for another 4 hours before it ends as scheduled.

Original story

June is Pride Month where we take time to honor the LGBTQA+ community, and their causes are given generally a greater degree of focus. Companies have latched onto this and many of them have special sales, events, and activities, with, depending on your degree of cynicism range from well-meaning attempts to use a platform to promote change to greedy attempts to cash in on anything. Sometimes, those events just miss the mark, and one of those is Injustice 2 Mobile.

 
 

For Pride Month, Injustice 2 Mobile has three ongoing events, but the one that came to my attention was via this now removed tweet, for the challenge mode, where it challenges players to 'defeat' Poison Ivy as part of the Pride Global Challenge.

Injustice 2 Pride Global Challenge

Seeing this, I downloaded the game to see if it was possible that a large media brand such as Warner Bros could indeed have created a special event for Pride month that literally involved beating up a bi-sexual woman (Poison Ivy was confirmed to be Bisexual and in a relationship with Harley Quinn in 2015, with past relationships with Bruce Wayne aka Batman, and many teases with people of both genders in the past). After arriving in the game, I eventually made it to the mail box where the event was described as follows:

"With the help of Multiverse Armored Supergirl, Darkseid was stopped and Classic Superman is free from his clutches. The destruction left in his wake has sent Entangling Poison Ivy on a rampage!
Now is the time to put aside our differences, work together and help Heartbreaker Harley Quinn show that Friendship and Love can conquer all! We are once again sending out a call for help to all heroes across the globe, help stop Entangling Poison Ivy by defeating her in Challenge Mode. Work together!
Defeat Entangling Poison Ivy 400,000 times to unlock the Grand Bundle, defeat her 450,000 times to unlock the Epic Bundle, and defeat her 500,000 times to unlock the Mega Bundle. Prize bundles feature a chance of earning shards of Entangling Poison Ivy and Heartbreaker Harley Quinn "

Seeing that, I thought maybe there was a chance it was some sort of peaceful fight, and I leveled my account up to level 6 (during which time the tweet was deleted), and made my way over to the challenge... to find out that no, there was no special replacement hugs and kisses attacks, but that it was instead straight-up fighting as per the rest of the game.

Injustice 2 Poison Ivy
Really DC and WB? Really?

The other two Pride-related events are more traditional. The first is a Pride Celebration Gift for Injustice 2 Mobile with new ones everyday of the week. Today through Sunday, June 6th, you could get a Champion Bundle that lets you get hero shards to unlock characters. This isn't a special list of LGBTQA+ characters sadly, nor even is the listed set as they list Green Lantern, in the highlights, but specifically the Hal Jordan incarnation. The second is a sale on their store, through today for the Batman Ninja Team Chest, and through the 7th for Entangling Poison Ivy Hero Chest.

As of writing, the challenge event with Entangling Poison Ivy is still up, and is scheduled for another 18 hours.


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I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.