Rajan Zed, a US-based ‘Hindu Leader’ and President of Universal Society of Hinduism is urging Blizzard to remove the Overwatch Symmetra Devi skin as it is ‘inappropriate’ and ‘belittling’ the beliefs of Hindus.
In a statement, Rajan Zed urged Blizzard Entertainment CEO, Michael Morhaime and Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick to remove the skin saying it trivialised a highly revered goddess.
He goes on to say
In a video game set-up, the player controlled the movements of Devi, while in reality, the devotees put the destinies of themselves in the hands of their goddesses.
Moreover, Devi and its movements depicted in Overwatch did not match with characterization of the goddesses in the scriptures.
Controlling and manipulating Devi with a joystick/ button/keyboard/mouse was denigration. 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.
Blizzard is yet to respond to Rajan Ded’s request to remove the Overwatch Symmetra Devi skin.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.