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.
Suggestion: You should REALLY change the name of this card. Having a card called "Crack the Whip" that says it modifies black heroes is not a good look, especially out of context. May I suggest something like "Intense Training"?— Matt Frazier (@MattFrasche) September 28, 2018
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.