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Blizzard’s Overwatch League Launches In January

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017

Blizzard has spent nearly a year developing an e-sports league for its Overwatch game and it has finally confirmed when the Overwatch league is going to be launched. The debut season is going to kick off in January next year. The season will last until June so there’s going to be plenty of action for Overwatch fans to follow up on.

The Overwatch league was first announced by Blizzard in November last year. It aims to emulate traditional pro sports leagues by launching city-based teams. Players will be offered contracts with guaranteed salaries, health insurance, and even retirement plans.

Blizzard confirmed today the final three teams that will be hopping onboard. The three teams include one in Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia each. The Philadelphia team is owned by the same group that’s behind the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.

The Dallas and Houston teams are operated by well-known e-sports groups Team Envy and OpTic Gaming, respectively. The total number of teams in this league is now up to 12.

Blizzard today confirmed that the Overwatch league’s debut season is going to kick off on January 10th, 2018. The season is going to last until June.

Playoffs are scheduled for July. There will be a series of pre-season exhibition matches that will start on December 6th to give teams an early start.

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Toxic Overwatch Xbox One Players Will Have Voice Chat Disabled

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Toxic behavior from players when it comes to multiplayer games aren’t new and to be honest it is to be expected. However companies like Blizzard have been trying out various ways to deal with such players, whether it be taking tougher stances and reporting features, and it looks like they might have come up with another solution: muting these players.

In the game’s latest patch that was released recently, it seems that Overwatch players on the Xbox One will no longer have to listen to other toxic players. This is because the patch will now disable voice chat for players who have been marked as “Avoid Me” on Xbox Live. This means that these players will not be able to voice chat with other players, which could potentially reduce some of the abuse.

According to Blizzard, “Players whose Xbox Live reputation has been downgraded to ‘Avoid Me’ will remain in the same matchmaking pool as other Overwatch players. However, they will no longer be able to use the in-game voice communication.” Prior to this, gamers who had the “Avoid Me” reputation could still use voice chat, but were put into their own matchmaking pool which resulted in higher matchmaking times.

With this change, these players will now be back in the same matchmaking pool as the rest, just that they’ll be muted when it comes to voice chat. Whether or not this will improve the game remains to be seen, but it is clear that Blizzard is annoyed by having to deal with toxic behavior as they have previously said that this ultimately slows down updates that they can make to the game.

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Blizzard Confirms New Overwatch Hero In The Works

Tyler Lee September 18, 2017

Given that Blizzard’s Overwatch is an online multiplayer game, it makes sense that the developer is always looking to keep things fresh and exciting, such as by adding new maps, modes, and heroes to the game. According to the game’s director Jeff Kaplan, he confirmed during IGN’s Expert Mode Show (via Stevivor) that there is a new hero in the works.

Unfortunately details about this particular hero, referred to as Hero 26 for now, is pretty much non-existent at this point, and also according to Kaplan, it will be a while before we even see it released. “Hero 26 is very playable and very fun internally, and that’s all I’ll say. It’s not coming out as soon as you think […] but Hero 26 is already amazing. I don’t think there’s such a thing as too many heroes, but I think we also need to come out with heroes at a good pace.”

The last hero that Blizzard released for the game came in the form of Doomfist. However shortly after the character’s release, there were rumors and a leak about the game’s next hero, who is said to be a hero named Psyren and is member of Blackwatch and a student of Reaper. We cannot confirm if the previous leak and rumor is true so take it with a grain of salt, but we guess at the very least players can take some comfort in the confirmation that Blizzard already has a new character being developed.

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BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket Now Available For Purchase

Tyler Lee September 15, 2017

In a couple of months, Blizzard will be hosting their annual gaming expo BlizzCon in which Blizzard typically announces new games, updates to existing ones, and so on. This year’s BlizzCon is expected to take place from the 3rd-4th of November and if you aren’t able to attend in person, not to worry as the virtual tickets are now on sale.

In case the name wasn’t already obvious, the virtual tickets to BlizzCon allows gamers to “attend” the event virtually. According to Blizzard, “the Virtual Ticket unlocks live access to all the stages at BlizzCon 2017—and in addition to the game updates, developer discussions, and community contests you’ve come to enjoy, you’ll also get access to events featuring community creators, voice actors, and more.”

The virtual ticket is priced at $40 which isn’t exactly cheap, but if you’re a fan of Blizzard’s games and want to learn more about what’s new and what’s changing live, then perhaps its cost can be justified. Also there will be freebies given with the virtual ticket that comes in the form of exclusive in-game items for the various Blizzard games.

For World of Warcraft gamers, this means that they’ll be able to access special mounts like the Stormwind Skychaser (for Alliance) and the Orgrimmar Interceptor (for Horde), and of course there will be content for Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, and Heroes of the Storm as well. Gamers who are interested can purchase the ticket via Blizzard’s online store.

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Overwatch Free Weekend Announced For 22-25 September

Tyler Lee September 15, 2017

Blizzard’s Overwatch is one of the more popular games available at the moment and we’re sure that there are many who are curious about it. Unfortunately for gamers Blizzard does not have a trial version of the game available yet, which means that you’ll have to purchase it and then figure out if it’s the game for you.

Alternatively you could wait until next week because according to Blizzard, they will be making Overwatch free to play next weekend. Note that gamers will still have to purchase the game if they want to keep playing it after the free weekend has ended, but from the 22nd to the 25th of September, gamers will be able to take the game for a free spin.

The best part is that there will be no limitations to what gamers can do during the free weekend. According to Blizzard, “For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.”

Gamers who choose to purchase the game after the free weekend will be able to pick up where they left off. This is not the first time Blizzard has hosted a free weekend for Overwatch, and we doubt it will be the last either. The Overwatch Free Weekend will be applicable for PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers.

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Toxic Behavior Said To Be Slowing Down Overwatch Updates

Tyler Lee September 14, 2017

There are a lot of things developers can control in their games, but if there is one thing that developers cannot control, especially when it comes to online multiplayer games, is the behavior of players. As much as Blizzard tries, Overwatch is no exception to that as the game is still plagued by toxic players just like any other online game.

In fact it seems that these toxic players aren’t just affecting other players of the game, but also the developers who are forced to dedicate time and resources to prevent/reduce such behavior, which ultimately has caused updates for the game to be released slower than Blizzard would like, or at least that’s what the company seems to be saying in a recent video.

In the latest developer update video, Overwatch’s director Jeff Kaplan was quoted as saying, “We want to make new maps, we want to make new heroes, we want to make animated shorts, but we’ve been put in this weird position where we’re spending a tremendous amount of time and resources punishing people and trying to make people behave better. I wish we could take the time we put into having reporting on console and have put that toward a match history system or a replay system instead.”

He adds, “It was the exact same people that had to work on both, who got re-routed to work on the other. The bad behavior is not just ruining the experience for one another, but the bad behavior’s also making the game progress—in terms of development—at a much slower rate.” It is unfortunate although completely understandable, but unless players around the world collectively agree to stop exhibiting such behavior, we reckon it is going to be an uphill battle for Blizzard (and any other developer).

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17-Year Old Overwatch Pro Lands $150,000 Salary Package

Tyler Lee September 5, 2017

If you told your parents or told anyone twenty years ago that you wanted to be a professional video game player, you would probably have been laughed at. However fast forward to today and it seems that being a professional gamer is a very viable option, although we guess just like most professional athletes, not everyone can make it and it does require a lot of training.

However it seems that if you do make it, you can rake in the riches, take for example a 17-year old Overwatch gamer, Jay “sinatraa” Won who has recently signed a $150,000 a year deal with NRG Esports. Yup, it seems that being a professional Overwatch gamer does pay, and in fact according to ESPN, the 17-year old’s salary is $100,000 above the league minimum.

In fact Won’s $150,000 a year deal does not include revenue-sharing options, according to ESPN’s sources, which means that the teen has the potential to make much more than that. Apparently Won was being targeted by both NRG and Cloud9, in which both teams tried to bid on the player and ultimately helped boost the amount that was offered.

That being said, just as is the case with famous artists, bands, and professional athletes, not everyone has what it takes to make it, but for those who do want to try their hand at an eSports career, it is certainly more viable today than it was back then.

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Blizzard To Adopt A Tougher Stance On Toxic Overwatch Behavior

Tyler Lee August 30, 2017

Online multiplayer games are fun because you get to play with other players, thus making the gaming process less boring and more dynamic, since it’s hard to tell how other players will behave or react. However sometimes this unpredictability can lead to toxic behavior which can easily chase many players off a platform, and this is something Blizzard does not want.

In a response to a post on the Overwatch forums (via Eurogamer), the game’s director Jeff Kaplan revealed that the company will be toughening their stance on toxic behavior exhibited by players in the game. According to Kaplan, “We have short, medium and long term plans and we haven’t done a great job in communicating all of these things to you.”

“In the short term we are re-evaluating every punishment and are in the process of converting silences over to suspensions. We’re also increasing the length of suspensions. Pretty soon, we hope for silences to go away all together and only have suspensions and bans for punishments.”

This should come as good news to gamers who might have come across toxic players in the game. This is also not the first time that Blizzard is trying to crack down on bad behavior in the game, especially with an upcoming update that is expected to introduce the reporting feature to consoles, and with Blizzard’s no-nonsense approach to cheaters.

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Overwatch’s Deathmatch & Junkertown Add To The PTR

Tyler Lee August 30, 2017

As you might have heard, Overwatch will be getting some new modes and maps in the near future. This includes a deathmate mode, something that gamers have been asking for, and also a new Junkertown map that was announced not too long ago. However the question is when will these new features be launched?

The good news is that if you’ve been anticipating these features, then you’ll be pleased to learn that both the deathmatch mode and Junkertown have been added to the game’s PTR. In case you’re unfamiliar, the PTR is the Public Test Realm in which Blizzard uses it as a platform to test out patches and upcoming content for their games.

This means that what players see right now in the PTR won’t necessarily be the same as when it is officially launched, so in a way you could consider this to be a beta of sorts. Also since the PTR is limited to the PC, only PC gamers will be able to take these maps and modes for a spin while console players wait for their final release, which should presumably be in the near future.

Note that this particular update will also be bringing about the reporting feature for console players, so that could be worth looking forward to in the near future.

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Blizzard Adds New ‘Junkertown’ Map To Overwatch

Tyler Lee August 22, 2017

If you’ve been playing Overwatch for a while now and you’re getting a little tired of the current maps that are being offered in the game, you might be interested to learn that Blizzard has recently announced during Gamescom 2017 that they’ll be adding a new map to the game in the form of “Junkertown”.

According to the description of the map, “Nestled in the remains of the Australian omnium, Junkertown was once “home sweet home” to everyone’s favorite criminal masterminds, Junkrat and Roadhog. Since being exiled by the Queen of Junkertown, this dangerous duo has burned, bombed, robbed, and killed their way across the world in search of one thing: TREASURE!”

“Junkertown is an Escort map located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback. Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it’s now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren’t pillaging the omnium’s skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches…and to survive.”

The map is said to be “coming soon” but there was no specific dates mentioned, but it will most likely arrive on the PTR first, so gamers who want to check it out should sign up to be part of the PTR if they want an early look at it when it is eventually released. In the meantime you can check out the videos above and below for more details about what to expect from it.

Blizzard Adds New ‘Junkertown’ Map To Overwatch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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