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Blizzard Announces New Overwatch Minor League For Amateurs

Tyler Lee May 23, 2017

We know that Blizzard has some pretty grand plans for Overwatch, their latest IP, in the eSports scene. So much so that Blizzard had previously created their own professional league aimed at pro gamers who want to get into the scene. However what about amateurs? Is Blizzard going to ignore that demographic?

For those who play Overwatch casually, you can rest assured that Blizzard isn’t ignoring you. In fact the company has recently announced a new minor league that is aimed at amateurs, or aspiring professionals. Dubbed Overwatch Contenders, this will allow gamers to prove themselves if they have what it takes to play with the pros.

According to the announcement, “While preparations for the Overwatch League are busily underway, we know that the future stars of the league are out there, training hard and looking to make their mark. That’s why we’re creating opportunities now for players across the competitive spectrum to prove themselves in glorious combat, from the solo-queue superstars to the established tournament veterans. Blizzard is excited to announce Overwatch Contenders—the development league for aspiring Overwatch League professionals, kicking off this summer in North America and Europe.”

There will of course be a prize pool to help sweeten this deal. For gamers who are interested, you can sign up for Season Zero via Blizzard’s website where it is expected to kick off on the 3rd of June.

Blizzard Announces New Overwatch Minor League For Amateurs , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Overwatch’s Animated Shorts Will Be Returning Soon

Tyler Lee May 22, 2017

Due to Overwatch being a multiplayer game, developing the overarching story and the background of the characters isn’t quite as easy as single-player games or even MMORPGs where the use of quests can help fill in the blanks. This is why Blizzard has opted to use comics and animated shorts to help tell Overwatch’s story.

Now as you might have noticed, there has been a lull in the animated shorts release but fret not because according to Blizzard, these animated shorts will be coming back. This was confirmed by Overwatch’s director Jeff Kaplan during a press event in New York City, where Kaplan said that season 2 was in the works and will be released in the future.

According to Kaplan, “The animated shorts are probably the thing that we have the most fun making. We really love working with our animation group and digging out the stories not tied to any constraints of gameplay — we can tell any stories we want. We plan to tell more of those. We’re hard at work on more of those.”

No word on when exactly the second season will debut, but for fans of the videos, you can rest assured that Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about it. In the meantime Blizzard’s plans for Overwatch’s graphic novel has been cancelled, with the developer explaining that the graphic novel would have limited the game’s universe.

Overwatch’s Animated Shorts Will Be Returning Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Destiny 2 Will Be The Only Third-Party Game Blizzard Will Support

Tyler Lee May 19, 2017

When Destiny 2 for the PC was announced, what was interesting about the announcement is that the game would not be sold through platforms such as Steam, but rather it will be made available through Blizzard’s Battle.net platform. This is a first for Blizzard as Battle.net has pretty much been home to Blizzard’s first-party titles.

So what does this mean? Is Blizzard planning to launch a Steam competitor? For those worried about Blizzard doing that, you can rest assured that will not be happening. In a Q&A on its website (via Attack of the Fanboy), it seems that the support for Destiny is more like an exception to Blizzard’s standard operating procedures rather than the start of something new.

According to Blizzard, “Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly.”

We should point out that one of the possible reasons Blizzard agreed to support Destiny 2 is because the game is published by Activision who shares the same Activision Blizzard parent company, but what do you guys think? Should Blizzard expand and support more third-party games? Or do you think they should just keep doing what they’re doing?

Destiny 2 Will Be The Only Third-Party Game Blizzard Will Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard Explains Cancellation Behind Overwatch Graphic Novel

Tyler Lee May 18, 2017

With Overwatch being pretty much multiplayer-only, this meant that as far as storytelling is concerned, there are only so many ways Blizzard can approach it. We’ve seen them launch comics and shorts, and at point in time there was even plans for a graphic novel which unfortunately was cancelled last November.

For those wondering about the reason behind the cancellation, it seems that Blizzard felt that putting out a graphic novel would limit the universe of the game. This was revealed during an interview with Polygon where the game’s director Jeff Kaplan expanded on the reasons why Overwatch’s graphic novel was cancelled.

According to Kaplan, “The art was beautiful and the writing was excellent and it was a really hard decision for us. The reason had less to do with the specific content in that novel and more to do with the way that it would have limited us,” he told us. “It was a very specific, contained story.”

He adds, “We sort of saw Overwatch really open up to the world, and listening to players and the stories they were telling and what they imagined the Omnic crisis to be really made us second guess what we were doing in First Strike, We thought, ‘Hey, if we go down this path, it really closes all these doors.’”

We’re not sure if there are plans to revisit the idea of an Overwatch graphic novel, but until then we guess fans will just have to wait.

Blizzard Explains Cancellation Behind Overwatch Graphic Novel , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard Celebrates Overwatch’s Anniversary With Free Weekend Event

Tyler Lee May 17, 2017

Unlike other Blizzard games, Overwatch does not have a Starter’s Edition or a trial, meaning that gamers will need to purchase the game outright to play it, or maybe try it at the home of a friend to see if they like it. Not exactly the most convenient, but that’s the way it is for now. However if you’ve been meaning to check it out, you might want to free up this weekend.

This is because Blizzard has announced that as part of Overwatch’s anniversary, they will be hosting a free weekend event which will run from the 26th to the 29th of May. According to Blizzard, “From May 26–29, we’re calling on all prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!”

They add, “For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of 24 heroes and 14 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.”

Players who ultimately decide that they would like to purchase the game will also be able to continue their progress, meaning that you can just pick up where you left off and don’t have to worry about starting from scratch.

Blizzard Celebrates Overwatch’s Anniversary With Free Weekend Event , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Overwatch’s D.Va Has Been Added To Heroes Of The Storm

Tyler Lee May 17, 2017

Following the release of Overwatch’s Genji into Heroes of the Storm, it seems that Blizzard has decided that it is time to introduce yet another Overwatch character to the game in the form of D.Va. Now D.Va was announced previously but had yet to be added into the game’s character roster, at least until now.

According to Blizzard’s announcement, “Not wanting to be outdone by her fellow Overwatch combatants, D.Va has entered the Nexus and is ready to make her mark on this world. As a ranged warrior who engages from within her armored, bi-pedal exo-suit, she can capably disrupt the enemy while providing ample cover for her allies in combat.”

D.Va comes with a bunch of different talents such as “Hit the Nitrous” that gives her a speed boost, which according to Blizzard is great for either initiating fights or making a swift escape. There is also “Get Through This!” which allows her to absorb damage for a greater period of time, and there is also “Nuclear Option” which increases the damage of her MEKA’s self-destruct ability.

With D.Va being added to the game, it brings the total number of Overwatch characters in Heroes of the Storm to five, joining the likes of Tracer, Zarya, Lucio, and Genji.

Overwatch’s D.Va Has Been Added To Heroes Of The Storm , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard To Introduce Deck Importing To Hearthstone

Tyler Lee May 17, 2017

If you’ve ever tried to follow deck builds and lists for Hearthstone, you know that it’s not the easiest process. This is because you’ll either need to take a photo of the deck list, or keep swapping back and forth between screens to follow the build, that is unless of course you have an excellent memory.

However that will no longer be necessary as Blizzard has announced that they will be introducing a Deck Importing tool to the game. According to Blizzard, “Importing a decklist is easy. When you go to create the new deck, Hearthstone will “know” when you’ve got a valid decklist on your clipboard, so you’ll be asked if you’d like to create a new deck with the one you’ve got copied. Then you can watch your new deck be built before your eyes. You can also import decklists to Tavern Brawls!”

So for players who want to build decks but don’t want to swap back and forth between screens, this will become a much easier process. In the event that you don’t have the card(s) necessary for the deck, they will appear insubstantial on your list. In addition to Deck Importing, Hearthstone is also expected to gain a Friendly Challenge feature.

This will allow gamers to complete quests when playing with a friend, which basically expands on the Friendly Feud feature that was launched last year. These new features are expected to be included in the next Hearthstone update, so do keep an eye out for it.

Blizzard To Introduce Deck Importing To Hearthstone , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard’s ‘The Art of Overwatch’ Now Available For Pre-Order

Tyler Lee May 15, 2017

Just like how watching a movie’s behind-the-scenes and interviews with the cast helps moviegoers feel more connected to a movie, this can also be applied to video games where developers who share the design and development process can help make gamers feel like they are part of it.

Now if you’re a fan of Blizzard’s FPS Overwatch and wouldn’t mind getting a bit deeper into it, you’ll be pleased to learn that Blizzard has recently put up “The Art of Overwatch” book for pre-order. In case the title wasn’t already obvious, this is an art book that reveals the process in which how Blizzard came up with the design for the game and its characters.

Its description reads, “Overwatch has taken the world by storm, boasting millions of players and gaining critical acclaim. Now, in this beautiful hardcover, Blizzard Entertainment reveals the creative process behind one of the most popular FPS games of all time! Filled with never-before-seen art as well as commentary provided by the game’s development team, this book is sure to please any Overwatch fan.”

Note that this is a limited edition book which means that once it’s sold out, there’s a good chance that it won’t be restocked again. It does not come cheap at $100 but if you fancy yourself a fan, then perhaps you might be able to justify its purchase.

Blizzard’s ‘The Art of Overwatch’ Now Available For Pre-Order , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Overwatch Could Be Getting An Anniversary Event

Tyler Lee May 11, 2017

Back in May 2016, it represented a pretty important time in Blizzard’s history as a game developer. This is namely because for the first time in a very, very long time, Blizzard has introduced a brand new IP that has absolutely nothing to do with its StarCraft, Warcraft, or Diablo universe. This came in the form of Overwatch.

It seems that to potentially celebrate the game’s one year anniversary, it has been discovered that there is a chance that Blizzard could be planning some kind of anniversary event. This is based on a datamine which has uncovered items like Anniversary Loot Boxes that could be presumably tied to the event in question. It has even been suggested that this event could run until the 5th of June, 2017 where gamers can either purchase or earn the Anniversary Loot Boxes.

In addition to the event, the folks at True Achievements have also uncovered that could be a Game of the Year Edition for the Xbox One. This is supposedly equivalent to the Origins Edition copy of the game, except that it will come with additional items, namely 10 bonus Loot Boxes. It will also come with a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft, the Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm, and 5 Origin Skins for Overwatch heroes.

Now it’s hard to say if these reports are true, but we know that Blizzard is a big fan of celebrating anniversaries so we wouldn’t put it past them, but either way given that the anniversary of Overwatch is coming up, we should be able to expect an announcement soon, assuming the information is accurate.

Overwatch Could Be Getting An Anniversary Event , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Blizzard’s Hearthstone Hits The 70 Million Player Mark

Tyler Lee May 2, 2017

According to a report from March, it was suggested that Blizzard’s Hearthstone was “killing itself” due to the changes in the rules, cards, and also the increase in price. However it turns out that while that might be true, it certainly doesn’t look like the game is slowing down as Blizzard has recently announced that Hearthstone has managed to hit the 70 million player mark.

Blizzard’s announcement on the Hearthstone blog also revealed that to celebrate this feat, they will be giving away three free Journey to Un’Goro card packs to players who log into the game. These card packs will also be eligible to new players so just because you just started doesn’t mean you can’t qualify for it.

“We’re humbled and grateful that so many players have chosen to join us for some Hearthstone fun. As our way of saying thanks, starting today through the end of May, everyone who logs in will receive three free Journey to Un’Goro card packs. Yup! Everyone! Even new players! Just log in to claim your bonus packs!”

The Journey to Un’Goro expansion is the latest expansion that was released earlier last month. It also marks the start of a new approach to Hearthstone where Blizzard plans to release three full-sized content blocks a year, as opposed to a mixture of expansions and Adventures.

Blizzard’s Hearthstone Hits The 70 Million Player Mark , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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