Discovered by Twitter user Malkythera, the Overwatch comic Reflections is banned in Russia. The blurb on the front cover of the comic reads: “in accordance with Russian law we cannot share this comic with our players on territory of Russian Federation.” For those of you that missed that FIFA 17 scandal, the Russian government has very strict policies against “gay propaganda” and this comic features Tracer and Emily sharing a loving kiss. FIFA 17 came under fire in November for the Rainbow Laces campaign that EA participated in by giving away free rainbow attire.
To be clear, this was a decision Blizzard made, not the Russian government. A studio representative has stated that “Blizzard decided not to publish in Russia to comply with Russian legislation. We preemptively decided not to publish given the climate in Russia and legal feedback.” Though this is probably for the best and I agree with Blizzard’s decision, I do wonder if the whole game could be Russia’s next target. Tracer has been the most prominently featured character for
Though this is probably for the best and I agree with Blizzard’s decision, I do wonder if the whole game could be Russia’s next target. Tracer has been the most prominently featured character for Overwatch, it seems like the next logical step that Russia decides to ban the game for daring to contain an officially gay character. Who knows, only the future will tell.
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