Overwatch comic banned in Russia due to this image of Tracer kissing a woman

Overwatch and drama surrounding it, what else is new?

Earlier, Blizzard released a comic that confirmed rumors that Tracer is a lesbian and has a girlfriend. The reaction overall was a mixture between neutral and very positive, between people who don’t really care one way or the other and people who are excited to see more diversity in the game. There were a few negative reactions peppered in, mainly from folks who were upset that people assumed she’s a lesbian just because she was kissing her girlfriend, but in any case,  Russia‘s (anticipated) reaction was the strongest one of all…

This particular Overwatch webcomic is NOT being released in Russia, due to Russian legislation, which presumably would have an issue with the mild kissing action contained within it’s digital pages.

Here’s what Blizzard had to say about it: 

“We preemptively decided not to publish given the climate in Russia and Legal feedback.”

So, it’s not like they tried to release it in Russia and were denied, they didn’t even attempt it. It’s not like anybody in Russia who wants to find this comic couldn’t find a way to see it, since everybody knows that Russian kids learn to hack before they even learn to read.

If you’re in Russia, here’s what you’ll see when you try to view the webcomic:


The image causing all of this controversy must be some pretty saucy stuff, right? Remember, this is Russia, the nation that brought us t.A.t.u fifteen years ago, so for it to be preemptively banned by Blizzard themselves, can you even imagine how racy it is? Take a look and see for yourself…

It’s really no big deal, just a couple ladies who love each other smoochin’ after exchanging Christmas presents.