Blizzard Entertainment has revealed the Pink Mercy Legendary Skin for Overwatch, which is being sold to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation according to a post on the game's official blog.
Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan released a Developer Update where he talks about the reasoning behind why the team decided to release the skin as part of this initiative to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an organization committed to funding research towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Blizzard did their research on picking out a good charity for this particular cause; 88% of the BCRF's funding goes towards research, 3% goes to awareness initiatives, and the remaining 9% is used to cover administrative costs for this non-profit organization. It boasts a four-star rating on Charity Navigator (with an 87.50/100 Financial score and a 100/100 Accountability score) and an A+ Rating on Charity Watch. Suffice to say, all evidence indicates that the money you donate to the BCRF is being put in good hands.
The Pink Mercy Legendary Skin will be available for purchase both in-game and through the game's website from now until May 21, 2018 for the price of $15.00 or your regional equivalent. It may seem a bit steep for a single skin, but 100% of the proceeds are going to the BCRF with Blizzard guaranteeing a minimum $250,000 donation to the organization regardless of how well this particular skin sells. The total donation amount will be disclosed following the conclusion of the sales period for the skin.
Additionally, players will be able to get in-game sprays and player icons through a number of different methods. Simply logging in to the game will get players access to the "Ribbon" player icon. Watching two cumulative hours of participating charity streams will unlock the "Ribbon" spray. Watching four cumulative hours of participating charity streams will unlock the "Pink" player icon and "Cure" spray, and watching six cumulative hours will unlock the "Together" and "Pink" sprays. You can view a list of participating charity streamers and their schedules on the blog post. Twitch Emotes are also being made available for this event.
To be eligible for the drops awarded for watching charity streams, viewers must have linked their Battle.net and Twitch accounts on the Twitch website. You can do this by heading on over to the Twitch Connections page.
As for the Pink Mercy skin itself, well, have a look at it here:
Finally, if you'd like to take your love of Overwatch and dedication to breast cancer research into the real world, you can buy a Pink Mercy Charity Shirt at the Blizzard Gear Store for $30.00 or your regional equivalent. As with the in-game skin, 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
If you'd like to pick up the Pink Mercy Legendary Skin in Overwatch for yourself, you can buy it in-game through the Hero Gallery or through the game's website. You can also make a donation directly to the BCRF by going to their website. Bear in mind that they are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which makes your donations tax deductible. As for the in-game stuff, you'll have until May 21, 2018 to get your hands on this limited-time skin for a good cause.
What do you think of the Pink Mercy skin? Do you think Blizzard Entertainment should make an effort to support more charitable causes in the future? Let us know in the comments below!