Kendoka Genji Skin Goes Live in Overwatch Summer Games

Kendoka Genji is now available in the Overwatch Summer Games event.
Kendoka Genji is now available in the Overwatch Summer Games event.

Kendoka Genji skin is one of seven new Overwatch skins now available in the Overwatch Summer Games event, which launched Tuesday.

The skin shows Overwatch's resident ninja dressed as (surprise) a kendōka — someone who practices the Japanese martial art of kendo.

Kendoka Genji skin goes live

In kendo, two combatants face one another using bamboo swords often modeled after katana. The semi-contact sport began in Japan in the 18th century, but has since spread around the world. It is not currently a feature of the Olympic Games.

Genji’s skin has him wear the traditional equipment of the martial art: men (face mask), (breastplate), tare (leg protectors) and kote (gauntlets). Instead of a bamboo sword, Genji wields his usual katana with a handle styled after a kendo shinai, or sword.

Genji is one of seven heroes to receive new skins in the event, alongside Wrecking Ball, Hanzo, Torbjörn, Reaper, Mei and Reinhardt. Players can unlock all seven skins over the course of the event, which concludes Aug. 5.

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