Saturday September 29, 2018

Valve Renames Artifact Card with "Racist Connotations"

Valve was accused of being racist this week when Twitter got wind of an Artifact card called "Crack The Whip," whose description began with "modify a black hero." The developer has changed the card’s name to "Coordinated Assault" "to avoid connotations of slavery and racism."

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Valve’s Tweet announcing the card received a handful of feedback questioning the associations that came along with it. Alongside several reaction gifs and memes, the top response, from @MattFrasche, reads in part "You should REALLY change the name of this card. Having a card called "Crack The Whip" that says it modifies black heroes is not a good look, especially out of context."

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