Despite some recent technical issues for the Overwatch League, the competition has enjoyed the best possible weekend of Stage Two. On the Thursday, some viewers were unable to watch the action take place, which prompted a response from Blizzard on the game’s forums.
Apex Legends continues to dominate the Twitch charts, despite a decline in viewers as of late. In the past week, the latest battle royale sensation has managed to conjure up 23 million hours watched on Twitch, which is a decline of eight million that had been achieved previously.
Sport1 has claimed a number of rights to broadcast competitions from Blizzard Entertainment on a new pay-TV eSports channel. The German commercial broadcaster has signed a two-year agreement which will see the coverage of the Overwatch League, amongst other Blizz properties.
With online gaming being so popular these days, is it time developers starting handing out more severe punishments towards rage quitters?
In recent months, the representation of minority groups in video games has been a HOT topic across social media – and for good reason. There have been huge swathes of both support and criticism for games such as Overwatch, Battlefield V, and even a game that many would never expect to be caught in the crossfire; The Sims 4.
Last month, the much-discussed topic of females in eSports was once again raised when eSports team SecondWind signed up a highly ranked player known as Ellie. However, the player soon left after ‘some unforeseen reactions.’ In a rather unexpected twist, it turns out that Ellie was in fact male, posing as a female to conduct a social experiment. So how did Punisher manage to convince the world that he was female? Apparently, the player drafted in female friends to chat for him, allowing his true identity to fly under the radar.
We’ve seen a lot of talk in the past week or so regarding eSports players burning out in their 20s, per an article published by Quartz, which discusses how players are taking an early retirement following their exhausting 80-hour week schedules in order to become the best. This piqued the interest of renowned billionaire businessman Mark Cuban, who weighed in with his thoughts on Twitter.
It looks as if Blizzard are looking to bring a method of improving maturity within its popular first person shooter, Overwatch. This isn’t necessarily directed at making improvements for just the players, but rather including the audience in the changes being made, primarily revolving around the testing of a chat moderation system for the Overwatch Contenders feeder league.