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Bungie Removes Destiny 2 Glove With 'Hate Symbol' On It

14 September 2017
Bungie Removes Destiny 2 Glove With 'Hate Symbol' On It

The developer says that it was unaware that there were any similarities in the design and, once it was brought to its attention, Bungie removed the armour from the game.

The pair of gauntlets "shares elements with a hate symbol" was Bungie's exact wording.The markings were too reminiscent of the Kekisten flag, a symbol of an alt-right group.

Although Bungie did not specify the gauntlet-and the company has not returned a request for comment-Redditors quickly discerned that the "Road Complex AA1", pictured above, fits the bill. The "Kekistan flag" is a symbol popularized on 4chan that intentionally mimics the Nazi flag, albeit with the image board's familiar clovers and the Swastika replaced by a series of four Ks.

Although the word "kek" originated as a World of Warcraft meme, it has since been repurposed by alt-right internet denizens as a symbol of white nationalism, not unlike Pepe the Frog. "We renounce hate in all forms". Alt-right protesters have been seen carrying the flag at rallies before.

Bungie CEO Pete Parsons followed up with a tweet supporting the action, adding that Bungie supports its diverse coworkers and gamers of all backgrounds. Though the gauntlet had yet to draw any complaints from the game's players, it seems that its developers wanted to remove it as swiftly as possible before any controversy could arise.

Destiny 2 released last week for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and has received widely positive reviews so far.