The controversy itself, however, has sparked even more controversy as these things usually go. Blizzard Entertainment released a statement in which they apologized and agreed that the pose was "out of character" for that particular Overwatch heroine. The pose was quickly pulled from Overwatch. Case closed, right? Nope, just like the whole "gamergate" fiasco, the controversy itself became a controversy on its own.
Blizzard reacted predictably – with bewilderment. The Overwatch community, which was previously behind Blizzard's decision to remove the pose, turned on Blizzard. The original issue was outlined by one user who expressed that his daughter looked up to the Overwatch heroine in question, and the pose made him uncomfortable. He described it as "out of character." Simply put, Tracer, an Overwatch heroine, wouldn't pose like that.
"We'll replace the pose. We want everyone to feel strong and heroic in our community. The last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented," said Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan in response to the reasonable tone of the complaint.
There weren't any pitchforks, calls for anyone to resign, or vicious and sexist remarks. The thread on the Blizzard forum for Overwatch was remarkably civil in tone. There were disagreements, but generally, the Overwatch community seemed to understand.
However, as soon as the pose was pulled from Overwatch, Blizzard started getting some attention of an altogether different variety. The developer received a lot of hate from users who claimed the pose wasn't sexual in nature and that removing it was just an example of "over-sensitive SJW censorship."