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Analyst expects new Overwatch and Diablo titles in the next two years

Published: 12/Sep/2019 0:29 Updated: 12/Sep/2019 0:42

by Bill Cooney

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Financial analysts are expecting to see an Overwatch sequel or expansion arrive in 2020, according to a new report.

There’s been talk of a possible sequel or expansion to Overwatch for awhile now, and a new report from CNBC says various financial analysts are expecting it to come sometime next year.

Jeff Cohen, a research analyst at Stephens Inc. (a private investment banking company) said in the report that “We’re expecting a lot more coming in 2020.”

Overwatch on Switch has analysts excited

According to CNBC, Blizzard stock has risen 7.9 percent this week following the release of WoW Classic and the announcement that Overwatch will be coming out on Switch on October 15.

“They did a good job of framing 2019 as a transition year and sort of the bottom in terms of the content cycle,” Cohen said. “We’re expecting a lot more coming in 2020.”

nintendo / blizzardBlizzard recently announced that Overwatch would be coming to the Nintendo Switch on October 15.

Even though most Overwatch players already have the game on one or two systems, the analyst thinks Blizzard will still see a successful release for the game on Switch.

“There’s a great deal of overlap between the Switch install base and the Xbox and Playstation install base,” Cohen said. “But I do think there’s an opportunity out there for them to basically sell a second copy to people who already have the game.”

All this excitement about Overwatch on Switch has Cohen optimistic that a new Overwatch game, or expansion, could be announced at BlizzCon 2019.

“I do think a big part of the strategy is to focus on those kind of tent pole brands,” Cohen told CNBC.

Blizzard EntertainmentUncle Jeff could have some big news for Overwatch fans at BlizzCon 2019.

What about other Blizzard games?

Cohen said he also expects Diablo 4 to come out sometime in 2021 and after the PR disaster that was the announcement of Diablo Immortals at BlizzCon 2018, it’s one franchise that could use some good news.

On the World of Warcraft front, the analyst said he expected another new expansion for the game to be announced later this year based on the success of WoW Classic.

Blizzard EntertainmentClassic WoW turned out to be a surprise hit for Blizzard.

Whether Classic players will be interested in a new expansion for the current version of the MMO though, remains to be seen.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard reports about an upcoming Overwatch sequel or expansion this year either, but we won’t know anything for sure until BlizzCon gets going on November 1.

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Overwatch League’s only female pro Geguri released by Shanghai Dragons

Published: 26/Oct/2020 5:00

by Brad Norton

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The Overwatch League’s first and only female player, Kim ‘Geguri’ Se-yeon, has officially been released by the Shanghai Dragons after three seasons with the Chinese organization.

Geguri has made plenty of history throughout her time in competitive Overwatch. Not only was she the first female to crack into the South Korean APEX tournament, but she broke new ground as the first female to reach the Overwatch League in 2018.

Geguri joined the struggling Shanghai Dragons in an equally historic season. Despite having close calls multiple times, the lineup failed to win a single series in the inaugural year of competition, finishing with a 0-40 record.

With endless support from the community and a few upgrades over the offseason, Geguri and the Dragons turned things around. The team finished in 11th place during the 2019 playoffs before launching to third place in the 2020 finals.

However, her time under the Shanghai banners has now come to an end.

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Geguri quickly became a fan-favorite in the Overwatch League with her unique Off-Tank playstyle.

Geguri’s run with the Dragons spans three seasons and a total of 32 months. The South Korean off-tank rose to fame with her unique aim across heroes like D.Va and Zarya; aim that even came under question by others that accused her of cheating early into her career. Evidently, these claims were proven false through her time on stage.

The announcement of her release from the org came on October 25 alongside four other teammates. “I am so sorry that today is a sad day,” General Manager Yang Van said in the official statement. “Diya, Geguri, DDing, diem, and Luffy will leave as free agents after the expiration of their contracts.”

While the Shanghai roster is being rebuilt like many others this offseason, it appears as though Geguri isn’t stepping away from competition. In fact, all five players seem eager to play more than ever before. Leaving the team in order to seek out starting roles in the league.

“We fully understand and respect their desire for more opportunities in matches and we are quite sure that they will be able to have great performances in OWL,” Van said. “We will continuously help them to find a new team as they enter a new stage in their esports career.”

So while you won’t be seeing Geguri in the red and black jersey next year, she may still ink a deal with another OWL franchise. The Off-Tank expert didn’t play a map in 2020, though with so many roster shuffles this offseason, she may just find a new home soon.

Only time will tell where Geguri ends up. Be sure to keep your eyes glued to our offseason hub over the coming weeks for any updates.