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Overwatch players offer 12-gun salute to honor fallen friend

January 20, 2017 Alfred Bayle
12-gun salute for Willem Dem Toom
Image: YouTube/Too Much Gaming

Games are more than past times these days. Engaging in them can be highly competitive and may also unify players through actions that can only be done by a community. The latter is exemplified by a 12-gun salute offered by friends for a fallen Overwatch player.

This fallen Overwatch player and fan is called Willem Den Toom, a gamer and also a contributor to the site Too Much Gaming, reports Kotaku.

Willem Den Toom passed away Jan. 15, 2017 at only 36 years old.

His compatriots at Too Much Gaming explained their rationale for making the tribute video: “As a tribute to a fallen gamer and friend, we decided to do a gun salute in one of Will’s favorite games featuring the characters he most frequently used (…and Hanzo).”

And then they offered some parting words for their friend. 

“Wherever you are,” said his friends, “may the payload be always moving, the point always contested, no one trickles out, and may there always [be] a healer on your team. We miss you, big guy. This play of the game is for you.”

It’s heartwarming to witness something like this every now and then. The gesture shows that modern gaming is not just about wasting time in front of a PC or gaming console. It also builds connections between the people who call themselves gamers. Alfred Bayle

The gun salute to Willem Den Toom: