In its annual Year in Search report, Google reveals that McHanzo was the most searched for Overwatch ship in 2017. McHanzo is the romantic pairing of Japanese archer Hanzo Shimada and American gunslinger Jesse McCree.
Overwatch Gay Ships Are the Most Popular
Just because they aren’t together doesn’t mean we can’t dream about it. This fan-created #Overwatch character ‘ship got the most love in Search this year. #YearinSearch https://t.co/wtqjULjCYe pic.twitter.com/o1PdcmLSxQ
— Google (@Google) December 27, 2017
Google confirms that McHanzo (Hanzo x McCree) was the most searched for ship during 2017. According to the handy animation embedded above, McHanzo’s popularity was strong throughout the year, never dipping below third place.
The rest of the top five includes: Reaper76 (Reaper x Soldier: 76) in second place, Pharmercy (Pharah x Mercy) in third place, Widowtracer (Widowmaker x Tracer) in fourth place, and Roadrat (Roadhog x Junkrat) in fifth place. It means that the top five most searched for Overwatch ships are all same-sex pairings.
The popularity of these ships just highlights what we already know: that LGBTQ players are eager for representation and that many would like Overwatch to do more on that front. Fans created these ships because Blizzard – and other game developers like Blizzard – are not giving fans the LGBTQ representation that they want.
There’s also the fact that there is more lore behind these characters than the game’s actual same-sex relationships such as Tracer and her girlfriend Emily. This is one of the main reasons why these ships are in the top five but ‘Lemon Tea’ (Tracer/Emily’s portmanteau) isn’t.
Blizzard is aware of the interest in LGBTQ characters and it has confirmed that there are multiple LGBTQ heroes in the game. Many of the voice actors behind these heroes have also voiced their support for their characters being gay (including McCree voice actor Matthew Mercer). But even if Blizzard doesn’t make McHanzo and co. canon, fans will still keep searching for them anyway.
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