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Blizzard issues swift response following Overwatch players’ racist rant

Published: 10/Apr/2019 22:08 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 17:23

by Bill Cooney


A clip of Overwatch players’ racist screeching during a competitive match has prompted a response from Blizzard.

Voice and open chat in online games, not just Overwatch, has plenty of problems with toxicity but the clip shared by ‘Respect_Rose‘ is pretty over the top no matter what game you play.

The clip was taken during a competitive match on Blizzard World and begins as Rose is defending the first point with her team when the tirade begins.

What happened in the clip?

In the clip it’s clear that at least three of Rose’s teammates are getting in on being racist online, but it’s hard to tell exactly who’s talking during the clip.

What is clear is that Rose’s teammates were dogpiling her because of her race and Blizzard made the right move by taking action.

Rose said that the incident hasn’t discouraged her from gaming and it’s far from the worst she’s seen online, but she posted the clip to send a message.

“I’d just like to say, this is certainly not the worst altercation I had in gaming. I’ve done Modern Warfare, I’ve done Call of Duty, GTA you name it. But I wanted to post this clip to show that it’s still happening in 2019.” Rose said. “Yes I could have muted, yes I could have left but no matter what I do as a POC (person of color) and ESPECIALLY to the LGBTQ community , no matter where we go there’s discrimination period. I also don’t want POC and the LGBT communities getting discouraged from continuing what they want to do.”

The response from Blizzard who are now looking into the incident.

What was Blizzard’s response?

After Rose posted the clip to Twitter, Blizzard Customer Support and Josh Engen from Overwatch’s Social Media team responded to a post of the video from esports reporter Rod ‘Slasher‘ Breslau and said that they were looking into the situation.

Apart from Blizzard’s response, Rose also got a lot of support from the Overwatch community after posting the clip.

It’s obvious from the response that the vast majority of Overwatch players find this kind of behavior disgusting, but a few bad apples like this can really tarnish the reputation of a game’s community.


Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.