Blizzard Entertainment is in trouble again and this time its popular shooter game, Overwatch
has drawn flak from US-based president of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed for its sensual depiction of goddess Kali.
Blizzard entertainment’s Overwatch Symmetra is a multiplayer first-person shooting game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, that draws inspiration from cultural sources all over the world.
The skin gives Symmetra vaguely a look resembling the Hindu goddess Kali, wherein she wears an Indian attire and a set of poses that resemble the traditional depictions of the Hindu Goddesses.
The skin is titled as Devi.
Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, urged Irvine (California) headquartered Blizzard Entertainment CEO Michael Morhaime and its parent Santa Monica (California) based Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick to withdraw the Devi skin in the video game, as it trivialized Hinduism’s highly revered goddesses.
‘Devi and its movements depicted in Overwatch did not match with characterization of the goddesses in the scriptures,’ Rajan Zed noted.
“Devi was meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be reduced to just a “character” in a video game to be used in combat in the virtual battleground,” he noted.