Earlier this week, Blizzard released a new Pink Mercy skin for Overwatch to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
All seemed fine, until Bleacher Report’s Nick Akerman pointed out on Twitter that Sony’s listing for the skin doesn’t mention donating 100 percent of the money raised by the skin to the BCRF.
Pretty disgraceful from Sony. Taking a 22% cut from each purchase of Overwatch’s Mercy Breast Cancer Research charity skin. 100% goes to charity on Xbox and PC. Games media needs to report this. pic.twitter.com/ZCIiHgKcpy
— Nick Akerman (@Nakerman) May 9, 2018
The Pink Mercy skin is priced at $15 and both the Microsoft and Blizzard store listings carry the small print that “100 per cent of the purchase price” will be donated. However, on the PlayStation Store, the listing states that “Blizzard Entertainment will donate £10.12, or local currency equivalent, that it receives from PlayStation.”
This of course led to a lot of anger from various sources claiming that Sony was trying to make money from the charity skin. To put a stop to this, Sony issued a statement about the issue to Eurogamer.
“We are not making any profit from sales of Overwatch Pink Mercy Skin,” a representative informed the site.
It doesn’t get much clearer than that, but people are still questioning where the extra money not being donated is going. The current belief is that it has something to do with VAT due to the Microsoft and Blizzard stores mentioning that it is included, while there’s no mention on the PlayStation Store.
Alongside the new skin, Blizzard is offering male and female Pink Mercy shirts that have been designed by community artist “VICKISIGH.” The shirts are priced at $30 and 100 percent will be donated to the BCRF.