Blizzard lays down the law on Overwatch Contenders team amid Toronto Esports drama - Dexerto

Blizzard lays down the law on Overwatch Contenders team amid Toronto Esports drama

Published: 13/Nov/2018 13:23 Updated: 13/Nov/2018 16:21

by Joe O'Brien


Toronto Esports have announced that they will be pulling out of Overwatch effective immediately after being informed by Blizzard that they would have to re-brand to continue competing in Contenders.

The ruling comes as a result of the new Toronto-based Overwatch League franchise, Toronto Defiant, having purchased exclusive rights to the Toronto name within Blizzard’s Overwatch leagues and tournaments.

Toronto Esports were apparently given six weeks to change their branding, but instead have opted to depart from the game entirely and immediately, declaring “good riddance” in their announcement.

The announcement comes shortly after Toronto Esports came under criticism for some of their recent social media interactions. 

Some examples of the behavior included retweets on political topics from the official account and owner Ryan Pallett’s responses when the organization was criticized by fans and other industry figures.

Toronto Esports had also faced criticism for their approach to developing a rivalry with the Toronto Defiant, which many fans viewed as excessive goading on social media in an attempt to provoke a show-match between two teams competing at different levels of the competitive Overwatch hierarchy.

Toronto Esports was acting as the academy team for Boston Uprising. Chris ‘Huk’ Loranger, President of Gaming for Uprising owners The Kraft Group, has stated that the team and staff contracts, as well as the Contenders slot, will remain with Boston, and that they had no input in Toronto Esports’ decision to pull out.

The team will continue to compete in Contenders, with a new name and brand to be announced at an as-yet undetermined time.


Seagull explains why Overwatch 2 will focus on PvE campaign over PvP

Published: 25/Oct/2020 22:59

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer and former Overwatch League pro Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned delved into why he believes the sequel’s campaign will be getting more attention from the developers than the multiplayer PvP.

While Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon 2019 to much fanfare, a lot is unknown about the sequel. What we do know, however, is that the game will feature a campaign mode that should push the story forward drastically.

Additionally, there will be at least one new PvP mode in the form of ‘Push,’ new maps, and several new heroes added to the roster.

According to Seagull, while the competitive multiplayer component is in a good spot, Blizzard’s devs are probably pivoting the franchise.

Sojourn in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch 2 will have new heroes.

As Larned explained, they’re doing this to “better appeal to all the casual players who love the Overwatch universe, but stopped playing because they don’t want to play PvP.”

“How many people do you know who see Overwatch cinematics and say ‘that looks so f**king cool’ and then they log in, but they don’t want to play a hardcore sweaty PvP game?” he further noted.

He continued to compare the casual player base to fans of World of Warcraft and Destiny, where there is a heavy focus on PvE content, and how Overwatch 2 will appeal to them.

“And then you have a dev team who is all former MMO developers who worked on f**king Titan for like a billion years before that game got canceled,” he added. “Of course they’re probably going to make the coolest f**king PvE game. It’s like the best sequence of events.”

“They have an audience that really loves the universe…of course they’re going to go down that line,” Seagull claimed. “That seems pretty straightforward to me.”

With BlizzCon 2020 moved to February, it’s looking like we’re going to learn a lot more about the game and how it will appeal to both casual and ladder players in 2021.

But, if you’re anything like Seagull, you can’t wait to see how the team handles the long-awaited, highly anticipated sequel.