Overwatch Replaces McCree's Noose Spray

The removal of McCree's noose spray appears to be in response to widespread concerns over racially-charged imagery in media.


A recent update to Overwatch has removed one of the cosmetic sprays that players can tag onto surfaces as the cowboy gunslinger McCree. The spray in question depicts a rope tied in the shape of a noose, and it has been replaced by a horseshoe that says "bad luck."

While developer Blizzard has not said anything publicly about the decision to remove the spray, it appears to be a part of a widespread reckoning with racist and racially-charged imagery in media. The image of the noose has long been associated with the lynchings of Black men in the United States, and it's been in the news recently due to the discovery of a noose in the stall of Bubba Wallace, a Black driver for Nascar.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: New Overwatch Hero Echo Gameplay

Overwatch has come under fire for its cosmetics in the past, with one of Pharah's skins drawing fire for its Native American imagery. Some fans have also called for Blizzard to remove the game's explicitly police-themed skins for characters such as Brigitte and D.Va, but there's been no movement on that front as of yet.

In other Overwatch happenings, the game's latest event offers special rewards for Sigma, one of the game's many tanks. If you complete 9 wins with Sigma, you will obtain his new legendary skin, Maestro Sigma.

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 5 comments about this story