The two-week fundraising campaign was supported by OverwatchÂ® players around the world
NEW YORK, NY— JULY 9, 2018: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) today announced that it will receive an unprecedented $12.7 million donation from Blizzard Entertainment. The donation was tied to worldwide sales of a limited-edition “Pink Mercy” hero skin for Blizzardâ€™s internationally acclaimed best-selling game OverwatchÂ®, along with a special T-shirt created to support the cause. (â€œSkinâ€ is a game industry term for an alternate version of a characterâ€™s outfit or appearance.) The gaming community rallied around the fundraising effort, making it the largest donation by a corporate partner in one year in BCRFâ€™s 25-year history.
The special charity skin was designed forÂ the OverwatchÂ hero Mercy, a scientist and the â€œguardian angelâ€ of the game who has dedicated her life to helping others. The limited-edition skin was offered as an in-game purchase on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with Blizzard Entertainment donating 100% of the proceeds it receives from sales of the skin to BCRF.
â€œBlizzard Entertainmentâ€™s record-breaking commitment to activate change for womenâ€™s health by mobilizing the gaming community worldwide will have a lasting impact,â€ said Stephanie Kauffman, Chief Strategic Alliances Officer at BCRF. â€œBlizzardâ€™s support of BCRF will help accelerate breakthroughs in prevention strategies, improved treatments, survivorship and quality of life for breast cancer patients worldwide.â€
In addition to the charity skin, players showed their support for the cause with a purchase of a limited-edition Pink Mercy T-shirt, available for men and women, designed by community artist VICKISIGH. Blizzard also coordinated charity streams on Twitch with 14 star Overwatch players from around the world, who collectively raised more than $130,000 for BCRF during the two-week campaign.
“BCRF does critical work every single day to support womenâ€™s health and develop new research and strategies for preventing, treating, and curing breast cancer, and weâ€™re proud to make this contribution to their efforts,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Iâ€™m grateful to all of the Overwatch players around the world who made supporting such a good cause possible with their enthusiasm for the game and their generosity.â€
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