Valve changes tone deaf Artifact card name

Valve changes tone deaf Artifact card name

PC games giant Valve has switched up the name of one of the cards from its upcoming Artifact.

The firm was promoting the game via Twitter with a card called 'Crack the Whip'. What does this do?

"Modify a black hero with "After you play a black card, give this hero and its allied neighbors +2 Attack this round."


This was picked up by commentators on Twitter who pointed out that this wasn't a great look. While we doubt Valve was racially motivated in combination of cards and actions, they can certainly be interpreted in a negative way - especially in the somewhat toxic video games community.

And fair play to Valve, the company had changed the name of the card within a few days. It is now dubbed 'Coordinated Assualt'.

Artifact is the first Valve-made game since DOTA 2 and apparently represents a return to software development. The firm spent much of the last five years working on hardware, namely its Steam VR platform. This is still very much a focus for the Washington-based company, but chief Gabe Newell said that the firm is moving back to making games.

The card game is set to go live on November 28th.

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