The Overwatch hidden update adds the Ukraine flag for players to show their support

In an undocumented change in the latest Overwatch patch, Blizzard gave players the option to show their support for Ukraine through a new icon that should be unlocked and ready to be equipped.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has impacted the esports and video game industries, and Blizzard has withdrawn its titles, including Overwatch, from sale in the country in response.

As players in Call of Duty Warzone are using a Ukrainian operator to show solidarity with the nation, Overwatch is giving its fans the opportunity to do the same.

Although the change wasn’t included in the game’s March 15 patch notes, Blizzard secretly added a Ukrainian flag for players to equip.

Overwatch players use the Ukraine icon to show solidarity in-game

The change didn’t go unnoticed for long when Overwatch League pro William “Crimzo” Hernandez pointed it out on Twitter.

“When the heck was this added to the game?” he asked, posting a screenshot of player icons with the new Ukrainian flag circled.

At Reddit, users expressed support for the company that added it and said how they equipped it as soon as possible. “Yes, so great that they did. I outfitted it immediately,” wrote one.

Others, meanwhile, urged Blizzard to add more flags of countries going through their own conflicts.

“Very impressive Blizzard, now let’s see Taiwan’s flag,” said another.

“Just don’t ask for a Hong Kong flag. They’re not going to like this one bit,” added one Redditor, referencing the 2019 controversy involving Hearthstone Pro Ng Wai ‘Blitzchung’ Chung.

In any case, it’s good to see more companies popping up and offering players a chance to show solidarity with Ukraine during these troubled times.

Judging by the response, expect many of these flags to be equipped by returning players when the Overwatch 2 beta goes live in late April and users finally have a chance to try out the long-awaited sequel for themselves. The Overwatch hidden update adds the Ukraine flag for players to show their support

Emma Bowman

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