Overwatch 2 arrived recently and has been quite successful with users, even with a bumpy launch. Amid growing interest in the game, attention has been drawn to the existence of the heroine’s name, D’Va, which is among the most searched terms on the adult site. Pornhub. The character appeared for several hours as the most searched for on the site, above famous actors and other common words in this type of search.
It should be remembered that this interest is directly related to the hypersexualization of female characters in both games and pop culture. So much so that the fact is interesting, but not the first: games like Fortnite, Minecraft and the original Overwatch itself also appeared among the most requested topics on adult websites.
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Overwatch 2’s character D’Va was the most searched topic on the adult site recently — Photo: Playback/Blizzard Entertainment
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Released on October 4, Overwatch 2 came as an update that replaced the first game with a new free Battle Pass model for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC (Battle.net). Blizzard Entertainment’s online multiplayer shooter features an active cast of characters that have become popular on adult websites since the game’s launch in 2016, making it the most requested game on the same page. Pornhub in 2017. The game also has occasional quest spikes when new characters are released, as happened with the arrival of Bridget and Ash.
Since the release of Overwatch 2, the game has faced many issues that make it difficult for players to access. In the early days, the servers suffered a DDoS attack that took the game offline, and in some regions the need for a phone number to register made the process even more difficult. As of this Tuesday (11th), the game is still offline for some users, now due to maintenance.
Overwatch 2, as the original game, starts showing up in porn site searches — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard
Adult site Pornhub Publishes annual statistics with serious data as well as some curiosities, such as the games that had the most searches on the site. Until 2019, Overwatch was one of the most in demand, but lost space in 2020 among us, and in 2021 to more traditional games such as Fortnite and Minecraft. Now, with the launch of Overwatch 2, it’s possible that the title will regain its throne as the most requested site of 2022.
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It’s worth noting that, historically speaking, games are a type of media that doesn’t do well with their female protagonists – whether it’s related to development or sexualized designs and scanty clothing. That’s not the case with Overwatch 2, but still, the effects of decades of turning these figures into games still abound.
In 2020, Ubisoft’s chief creative officer, Serge Haskoet, was fired following a series of sexual harassment allegations, as well as controversial statements such as saying that games with female characters do not sell. according to Bloomberg, the roles of some of the franchise characters in Assassin’s Creed, such as Evie Frye and Aya, were reduced due to executive performance. Cassandra from the Odyssey was also supposed to be the only playable character, although due to Haskoet’s influence, Alexios also appeared as an option.
The presence of female characters in games has changed in recent years, but history still leaves a mark — Photo: Disclosure/Steam
As far as character design goes, there have been significant improvements over the years, but situations like D’Wa’s are unfortunately still common. For example, in the first Tomb Raider, in addition to Lara Croft’s sexy appearance, the character even had specific movements that were related to sexual positions. Nowadays, it is more common to find characters with a more “realistic” representation and more bodies. But that doesn’t stop this kind of quest from happening, as the case of Overwatch has shown.