Overwatch honors a fan on the medical front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak

    
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Heroes do actually die, but...

Overwatch esports has many fans, but the devs felt that some special mention should go towards one fan in particular, a woman by the name of Weiwei. At 27, Weiwei is the youngest doctor who was part of the Shaanxi Province team dispatched to Wuhan to battle the COVID-19 outbreak.

She previously had aspirations to join the military academy, but a congenital eye defect halted her attempt at service. Instead, she succeeded in applying for undergraduate and master programs in clinical medicine at Jilin University, which both require high scores to enroll. After graduating Jilin University in 2019, she became a cardiologist at Xi’an Second Affiliated Hospital in her father’s hometown of Shaanxi. During her time at the cardiology ward, which she was on-call 24 hours a day, she would pass the time by watching Overwatch League matches and quickly became a fan of the Chengdu Hunters. She herself is an avid Overwatch player, playing mainly as Mercy.

Weiwei actively enrolled to be part of the team headed to Wuhan, and she often found comfort in Overwatch, particularly drawing inspiration from the Honor and Glory animated short and, of course, Mercy’s catchphrase “Heroes never die.” She decorated her hazmat suit with the phrase, and one of her colleagues had even drawn angel wings on its back. On the day of her arrival to Wuhan, she made a post on Weibo that read, “The world could always use more heroes. I’m finally off to the frontline to destroy the virus after my 600+ hours on Angela.” The post received hundreds of reposts and comments and thousands of likes — comments that kept Weiwei’s spirits up while at Wuhan.

On March 22nd, she was able to leave Wuhan after the area started taking a turn for the better, but not before being able to visit the city the day before and take in its landmarks like the Yellow Crane Tower. In every sense, she is a true hero, and heroes deserve merit, such as the post outlining her story as well as a video call with some members of the Chengdu Hunters during her time in Wuhan.

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Raidervc

Ah, I had forgotten about Blizzard’s pandering to the Chinese government. Given an opportunity to do anything, literally anything for American healthcare workers, what have they done?

It’s literally an ad for the overwatch league capitalizing on a human interest story.

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mysecretid

But Blizzard’s motives don’t diminish the doctor’s humanitarian contributions — which were (as above) becoming known before Blizz decided to capitalize on them.

Sure, Blizzard’s motives are suspect here, given their recent conduct, but it’s still possible to be happy for the doc, and to ignore the defining tone-deafness of those in the Blizzard executive ivory tower, isn’t it?

Not criticizing you, just saying it’s worth separating the guilty from the innocent here, I think.

Cheers,

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Mewmew

Blizzard’s motives don’t diminish the doctor’s humanitarian contributions, but this is all about Blizzard trying to capitalize on it still.

I guess if they found a US Doctor that spent a full-time job worth of hours playing Overwatch and says they get all their inspiration from Overwatch quotes and videos, they probably would try to cling on to them as well though, obviously.

It just leaves a bad taste in the mouth to hear Blizzard clinging onto this Chinese national humanitarian with their recent past.

You’re right that it doesn’t diminish what she is doing, nor what hundreds of other Doctors are doing that haven’t spent all that time playing Overwatch that are still in the middle of it right now.

There are many heroes and volunteers that have put their lives on the line to help during this crisis. Blizzard’s “showcase” is completely self-serving though and because of that, I don’t want to hear it from Blizzard.

If I read about her and others elsewhere, I will celebrate them. But not like this. Not like this.

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Mordyjuice

I agree that they shouldn’t have singled out one doctor, there are tens probably hundreds of thousands of RNs and Nursing Assistants that clock many more face to face exposure than any doctors I’ve come across, many cases of Healthcare workers dying as well.

You want to know my personal experience of a Doctor’s face to face interaction with patients, 5 minute daily check ups, 15 minute admission assessments. You know all that stuff you see doctors doing on Greys Anatomy, that’s what RNs do.

How about instead of singling out one live doctor Blizzard pays a little tribute to the dead Nursing Assistants/RNs/Doctors, or use some of their Scrooge McDuck piles of cash to buy some adequate PPE for Hospital Employees in their area so that we don’t keep seeing articles like this https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-04-17/nurses-front-lines-punished

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justkasp

They got enormous follow up on OWL there, some spicy marketing makes sense.

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Bruno Brito

The problem is that this is marketing, and it shouldn’t be. Blizzard was already caught with a huuuuuge scandal related to China. These moves are the LAST thing they should do.

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Bruno Brito

You go girl!

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mysecretid

She’s already gone farther than I’d even know how to go, Bruno. Good on her!