We’ve seen from time to time how companies come up with new seasonal products meant to help raise awareness or money for a charity or cause. Such is the case with Blizzard’s Overwatch where they released a pink skin for the Mercy hero to help raise money for breast cancer research.
However Sony has come under fire for it over the belief that the company might be profiting from the sales of the skin, which the company has since denied. In a statement made to VG247, the company writes, “We are not making any profit from sales of the Overwatch Pink Mercy Skin.”
Pretty disgraceful from Sony. Taking a 22% cut from each purchase of Overwatch’s Mercy Breast Cancer Research charity skin. 100% goes to charity on Xbox and PC. Games media needs to report this. pic.twitter.com/ZCIiHgKcpy
— Nick Akerman (@Nakerman) May 9, 2018
For those wondering where the controversy is stemming from, basically on the Xbox One, the wording of the description of the skin reads, “Blizzard Entertainment will donate 100% of the purchase price for your purchase of the Pink Mercy skin on Xbox.” This is versus Sony’s description which reads, “Blizzard Entertainment will donate 100% of the proceeds that it receives from Sony PlayStation.”
Basically Sony’s version sounds like they are taking a cut from sales of the skin and whatever is left will be going to Blizzard. We suppose it could be easily mistaken as such, although an alternative reading could be that Sony simply collects money on behalf of Blizzard. In any case Sony seems to be denying the allegations that they are profiting from the skin, so we guess we’ll have to take their word for it for now.