Like many memes, Pepe the Frog started out innocently enough. It was originally drawn as part of a comic series, Boy’s Club by Matt Furie. Over the years it was used in all kinds of ways, but over the past couple of years, many claim that it eventually evolved into the alt-right’s mascot and that it is associated with hate.
Companies, brands, and celebrities who have used it have come under fire, which is why it isn’t surprising to learn that Blizzard is looking to come down hard on Overwatch players who are using it, especially during competitions. A report from Kotaku earlier this year warned us that a spectator with a Pepe sign had it confiscated by security.
Blizzard has now confirmed their stance on the meme in a statement to CNET and Dot Esports, “The Overwatch League discourages the use of symbols and imagery which are associated with or used by hate groups, including Pepe the Frog. At Blizzard Arena, it’s our policy that fan signs comply with this policy. We likewise ask the same of Overwatch League teams and players on their social-media channels.”
So there you go. People are afraid of a frog cartoon. If you ask me Blizzard should concentrate on making their games better.