Late actor and comedian Robin Williams, who was found dead in his San Francisco Bay Area home on Monday, will be memorialized in World of Warcraft, one of the video games he used to play. The decision was driven by a petition that’s amassed about 11,000 signatures on Change.org.
The petition asked Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of WoW, to create a non-player character (NPC) in the game that honors Williams. “Many have expressed a wish to this character perform some of Williams best jokes within the Worlds End Tavern, so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing,” wrote Jacob Holgate, the author of the petition.
Last Monday, WoW technical game designer Chadd Nervig responded to a question about the petition on Twitter:
— Celestalon (@Celestalon) August 12, 2014
Williams was also honored by the official @Warcraft Twitter handle on Tuesday:
This wouldn’t be the first in-game memorial in WoW, though it may very well be the most prominent.