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Blizzard responds to complaints that Overwatch still doesn’t have a black female character

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Just after new hero Ashe has been announced, unhappy voices complained about yet another white female hero – while there are certainly characters of all nationalities and skin colours already, the game doesn’t have a female black character, and surprisingly many people were offended that Ashe didn’t fill that gap. Game director Jeff Kaplan responded […]

Overwatch’s newest addition Ashe is coming soon!

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Blizzard made fans quite happy when they announced the newest addition to the ranks of the Overwatch heroes. Wild West girl Ashe is, in many ways, going to be a contradiction. At first glance, she seems like a sniper character, much like Widowmaker and Hanzo are, but that’s not quite true. She is a little […]

Overwatch has a new Viewer for The World Cup

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Want to experience all of the Overwatch action from a truly unique perspective? Blizzard has introduced a brand new tool to let you do just that. The Overwatch World Cup Viewer will allow fans from around the world to get up-close and personal for every play of the game, as well as follow their favorite […]

The Overwatch World Cup Playoffs are Underway!

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That’s right, it’s officially BlizzCon time and with it, the Overwatch World Cup Playoffs! The opening ceremony for this year’s main BlizzCon event is only a few hours away at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny California. After an hour of the opening festivities, Blizzard is jumping straight in with the action as the final […]

Ana’s highlight intros contain awesome Easter egg

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I think it’s safe to say, most people love Easter eggs. Whether the chocolate or the gaming kind. The Easter eggs found in games come in several forms usually, either secret levels, perhaps some post-credit extra goodies, or simply a homage or fun reference to another game. Therefore it’s no surprise that Overwatch fans have […]

Overwatch needs a Fantasy League

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With most sports be it football, basketball and even baseball, most if not all industries with professional leagues often develop a unique activity for fans. Fantasy Leagues. There are often unofficial leagues, organized by fans or companies, in some cases though there are also official fantasy leagues where the organizers themselves pitch in. What about […]

All Hallow’s Heroes

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It’s almost time to dust off the pumpkins and polish the skeletons in the closet. Trick or treating children will be running amok in the neighbourhood before we know it. Thankfully, Overwatch fans don’t need to miss out on the fun either as Blizzard has already released the Halloween update for Overwatch! This year sees […]

Esports pro series – The future of esports – the Olympics and beyond

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Just a passing fad. That was the opinion of many critics when it first came to esports. Something that might catch on, for a bit, but would quickly be gone and forgotten because who really wants to watch people play competitive video games?…. Turns out, lots of people. Esports is now one of the fastest […]

Halloween is coming – Overwatch’s Halloween event returns

A yearly favourite when it comes to seasonal holidays is, of course, Halloween. Light-hearted, fun and a reason to stay up late and eat way too much candy while wearing a costume – really, what more could anyone want? New Overwatch skins with a holiday theme, that’s what. Thankfully, Blizzard is happy to oblige with […]

AimbotCalvin turned down Major Overwatch League offer

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We know it’s a dream for many fans, get good at a game, so good that you can play professionally and you could be set for life. It’s not just the fame that comes with it (though the prize money is definitely nice too), for many it’s a dream of being able to do something […]

Career alternatives in the esports industry

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At first glance, becoming an esports pro probably seems like the flashiest and most interesting career path within the industry. After all, what could be more fun than being paid ridiculous amounts of money in order to play games in fronts of thousands of people? Well, much like the dream to become an astronaut, rockstar […]

Blizzard’s Overwatch World Cup match lineups have been announced

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It’s full steam ahead for Blizzard as they continue to gear up for BlizzCon. There they will crown the 2018 champions of the Overwatch World Cup. This week has seen the final two teams announced and added to those already earmarked as competition at the big event. Paris hosted the latest in the qualifying rounds […]

Overwatch players using 3rd party software face perma-bans

Blizzard has always had a tight stance against cheaters, of course, however with the recent surge in popularity that 3rd party analysis software has experienced, Blizzard has now re-affirmed that such things are in fact in violation of their T&Cs. With programs like Pursuit and Visor promising to improve players skills not by aimbotting, but […]

Esports pro series – The future of esports as a career

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When choosing a career path, there are far too many things to consider, aren’t there? From earning enough money to having progression options, there are countless things to consider and it’s difficult to find a career that has it all on top of being enjoyable. One of the less obvious things to think about is […]

Overwatch World Cup Group Stage finishes strong

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The most recent Group Stage – the one in Bangkok was the most intense one the 2018 Overwatch World Cup has seen yet. It had everything that fans love about Overwatch and the World Cup – plenty of action, strong plays, unpredictable results and strong matchups with skilled players. After three days of matches that […]

Overwatch esports expands its horizons, conquers Paris

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The Overwatch League is one of the most popular and most watched esports leagues in the world – as a matter of fact, it’s popularity has only been increasing since its first season. If you need proof of that, just look at the latest match in July – the championships not only filled a stadium […]

Overwatch players find bizarre glitch on Oasis

While Blizzard is far from perfect, there is one thing we can (almost) all agree on – they put meticulous care in their maps and map designs. From individual roof tiles to clever naming puns and references to other games, Overwatch maps are a sight to behold. Perhaps because of this, it’s a little odd […]

Esports pro series – Women in esports

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Overwatch is definitely a great game and one of the best esports out there – it may not be the biggest, but it is among the most popular in the world! Now, despite this, it has a few flaws that Blizzard and the Overwatch community are trying to iron out – among them is the […]

Overwatch is part of Humble Bundle’s monthly bundle

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Humble Bundle’s bundles are world-famous: They offer package deals on games, books, comics, software and sometimes even music, for a fraction of the usual price. It’s the ideal place to grab a bargain or expand a collection for cheap – and that’s just the regular bundles. In addition to that, HB also has a monthly […]

The economy of lootboxes – it could always be worse

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Complaining about loot-boxes is nearly synonymous with gaming these days – they are everywhere, and the problem only seems to get worse over time, with more and worse iterations of them cropping up in games. It’s gotten so bad that it drew politicians and lawmakers to the plan, and most recently, Belgium outlawed paid loot-boxes […]

Esports series 7: Downsides of the industry

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When it comes to esports, it’s easy to only see the positive sides to it all. Fame, epic plays and ridiculous prize money, thousands of viewers and fans and the newest gear… with all of that, it’s easy to ignore that the esports world also has its issues. These shouldn’t necessarily deter you from wanting […]

Shanghai Dragons release eight players following 0-40 Overwatch League season

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The Shanghai dragons have made history twice in a very brief period of time – first, they were the first pro Overwatch team to sign on a female player within the Overwatch League earlier this year…and then they suffered, quite literally, the worst defeat possible. 0-40 was the end result of their season. That is […]

Overwatch streamers are pretending to be part of the D.Va Promotion

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Blizzard has always been pretty good when it comes to special events and promotions…but this time they decided to have a rather exclusive one. Specifically, D.VA’s Nano Cola Challenge is only for a select few streamers. Blizzard teamed up with the most popular streamers here, and most fans have counted it as a success – […]

Blizzard disables paid loot boxes for Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm in Belgium

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Much debated and hated, the first nail in the coffin of loot boxes may have just been hammered in. It was quite some time ago that the increasingly outrageous prices of micro-transactions in general and loot boxes, in particular, drew politicians on the plan. Outrage sparked and was quickly forgotten again. Loot boxes carried on […]

Visor – the AI that claims it can teach you to become an Overwatch pro

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‘Git gud!’ – Who hasn’t heard that at least once while playing their favourite MP games? Whether it’s from a skilled player that is fed up with noobs or an angry 12-year old kid that can barely point his gun at the enemy, it’s a more than common phrase. Of course, it’s not that simple […]

Get ready for Lucioball with these handy tips

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It’s that time of the year again – Overwatch’s Summer Games are here, and fans are excited. Lucioball is a definite fan favourite of course. Ever since its debut, players have loved the event – almost as much as they love the epic event skins that Blizzard offers during the Summer Games. If you’re unfamiliar […]

Esports pro series – How to get to pro level playing Overwatch

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A big part of becoming an Overwatch pro player has very little to do with actual gameplay. You need tenacity, determination, time, resources and ideally, a connection or two in the biz, but at the end of the day, skill is, of course, a factor. Once you join a team as a pro player, you’re […]

Overwatch League’s franchise director talks about the future of esports

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Jon Spector, the Director of Franchises and Competition of the Overwatch League has some pretty strong opinions about the future of esports and whether or not they belong in the Olympics – a debate that has been going on for years and now seems to tip in favour of esports joining the biggest sporting event […]

The Overwatch League’s problems can’t be covered up with rainbows

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It’s no secret that the Overwatch community, in general, has a bit of a problem with toxic players. Blizzard is doing its best to combat this and is actually making in-roads where other developers do nothing or fail to improve the situation. Despite all the neat little community features though, there is one aspect of […]

How to become an esports pro series: Competitions, Training and more

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Esports pros tend to be in the news or media for one of three reasons: Either they are mentioned because they were selected for a new team or competition, they won a competition…or they recently made some kind of racial or misogynistic slur. Only two of those are good of course, and they both have […]

New Overwatch skins have been teased ahead of the event

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It’s all the community is talking about at the moment – the upcoming Overwatch Summer Games and the cool skins and special events they are going to bring. As is usually the case with such things, there is lots of speculation going on about what exactly this year’s new content is going to look like. […]

Free Wrecking Ball loot boxes for Amazon and Twitch prime members

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Let’s face it, gamers love free stuff. Especially in times that see micro-transactions in just about every game on the market. There’s nothing wrong with this of course… except maybe that there never seems to be enough free stuff to go around! That’s why it’s especially exciting when great free stuff rolls around. This is […]

How to become an Overwatch pro series – The daily life of the pros

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Joining the ranks of the pros seems like an almost insurmountable obstacle, doesn’t it? There are so many wannabes, so much competition and so many hurdles to take. Becoming a pro seems like the ultimate goal here – once someone has joined a pro team, surely they’re living the high life? After all, they’ve achieved […]

Everything we know about the Overwatch Summer Games 2018

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We all knew that it was coming – Overwatch’s next big thing after the end of the League is, of course, the Summer Games. Originally, rumour had it that the event would launch together with new hero Wrecking Ball or Hammond as most of his fans prefer to call him. Hammond came out some time […]

Popular ways to join pro-Overwatch teams

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Let’s say you’ve got all the free time you need to devote your life to a career in esports. Let’s say you can afford to straight away jump into a full-time contract and have no job or education to worry about. Let’s say you have the skills, abilities, and dedication you need to make it […]

Overwatch endorsement features are working, toxicity seems to be lowering

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Overwatch’s toxic community is one of the worst aspects of the whole game. Many fans and genuine players are turned off by the number of trolls and toxic players that can be found clogging up the lobbies. Of course, this problem isn’t unique to Overwatch as many games suffer from this type of issue, but […]

How to become an esports pro: The skills you need to get started

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When it comes to becoming an Overwatch pro, there are skills you will absolutely need. This doesn’t mean in-game skills like character mastery or the like, but more general areas of expertise. Some of these may be easier to pick up than others, but they are all essential to getting started as a pro. 1. […]

Pink Mercy skin raises over $12M for breast cancer research

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The Overwatch community can sadly be a pretty toxic place. Because of that, it’s especially great to see the community come together and participate in Blizzard’s latest charity charge in the name of Breast Cancer. Lasting only two weeks, its success was remarkable, raising over $12.7 million. The company created a unique pink skin for […]

Wrecking Ball should be called Hammond and you know it

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Fans were elated when the adorable little hamster and his giant mechball was announced. What’s not to love? A genetically mutated and super-intelligent hamster piloting an upgraded escape pod he used to travel from the moon to Australia – it doesn’t get much better than that. Or so we say, because it could have in […]

OWL league All-Star teams selected

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The Overwatch League All-Star teams have been selected for both Atlantic and Pacific divisions. Apart from the starting line-up, 12 players from each division will be selected by players, coaches and casters and OWL staff to take part in a ‘skill games’ exhibition on August 25. The All-Star game will take place the following day […]

South Korean Overwatch World Cup team has been revealed

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South Korea is traditionally a force to be reckoned with when it comes to esports. It’s no secret that esports play a much bigger role in society there than they do here, and it shows. Games like Starcraft 2 are practically a national sport there and Western pros in many popular titles can only hope […]

How to become an esports pro – Part 2: The best players

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Making a name for one’s self is quite a literal part of becoming an esports pro. In addition to being a somewhat tortured pun, this also means that pro gamers are usually known by their handles rather than their real names. Making a complete list of all the great esports pros in the world would […]

How to become an esports pro – Part 1: The most popular esports games

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There are several different successful esports titles across several different genres each with their own unique fan-bases and leagues to compete in. Pinpointing which of the games are the most popular ones is difficult. When considering a career in esports, you may be tempted to go for the most popular ones or one that features […]

Overwatch launched its new Endorsement system and people are already unhappy

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Launching a major update of any game is risky. Not only is there a chance that it will break the game and possibly cause loss of service, no, it also carries the risk of alienating the existing player-base. Nevertheless, updates are important, and occasional changes to the way the game is played keeps things fresh. […]

Blizzard has patented Overwatch highlight replays… but why?

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Every once in a while game developers and publishers do something exceptionally noteworthy. If they are lucky, it’s publishing a great game. If they are unlucky, it’s news like this that makes the headlines. This time it’s gaming giant Blizzard that caused uproar for all the wrong reasons. It’s undeniable that the Play of the […]

Is Overwatch dead? An uncertain future awaits!

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Released over two years ago, Overwatch ascended to the height of the esports world very quickly. While it shares that fate with several other Blizzard games, it really seemed like the hero shooter was here to stay. It received excellent scores upon release and was praised by critics, players and fans alike. In fact, within […]