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Overwatch's Pink Mercy skin helped set a new record for breast cancer research donations

Back in early May, Blizzard debuted a new type of skin in Overwatch (opens in new tab) dubbed "Pink Mercy (opens in new tab)". Unlike other skins which are unlocked via the game's loot boxes, Pink Mercy was a direct purchase for $14.99 / £12.79, with 100% of the purchase price going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Today, Blizzard revealed just how much money the special edition skin raised: a whopping $12.7 million.

In a news post (opens in new tab), Blizzard notes that this is the largest donation by a corporate partner in the BCRF's 25-year history, which is pretty dang cool. Always nice to see gaming be a force for good. In addition to money raised via sales of the Pink Mercy skin and Pink Mercy t-shirts, the Overwatch community donated an additional $103,000 across 14 Overwatch charity Twitch streams.

Blizzard also commended its players for several pieces of Pink Mercy fan art, and even a cosplay creation by RinnieRiot. You can see all of the highlighted fan creations over on the official news post (opens in new tab) - I'm partial to the art drawn by Requits (opens in new tab) myself.

The window of opportunity for you to grab your own Pink Mercy skin or Pink Mercy t-shirt may have closed, but given the success of this event, I imagine we'll see more special skins and/or charity donation drives in the future. And in the meantime, you can check out VICKISIGH (opens in new tab), the community artist who designed the Pink Mercy t-shirts.

Oh, and if you were taking a break from Overwatch and this is the first update you've heard of in awhile, you might want to consider jumping back in: the game has a maniacal hamster piloting a mech (opens in new tab) now.

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Sam Prell
Sam Prell

Sam is a former News Editor here at GamesRadar. His expert words have appeared on many of the web's well-known gaming sites, including Joystiq, Penny Arcade, Destructoid, and G4 Media, among others. Sam has a serious soft spot for MOBAs, MMOs, and emo music. Forever a farm boy, forever a '90s kid.