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Blizzard will enforce new rules for Twitch chat users during Overwatch Contenders

Published: 28/Dec/2018 15:27 Updated: 28/Dec/2018 16:43

by Joe O'Brien


Blizzard have announced a controversial decision regarding Twitch chat on their upcoming Overwatch Contenders broadcasts.

From December 28 to January 12, Blizzard will be trialing a system in which viewers have to link their Blizzard accounts to their Twitch accounts in order to participate in the chat for Contenders broadcasts.

Viewers who do not already have their accounts linked will be prompted to do so if they try to engage in the chat during this trial.

Should there be any viewers who don’t already have a Blizzard account but wish to watch and chat during the Contenders streams, creating one is at least free.

Blizzard didn’t specify exactly how they intended to use the system in order to “create a more positive viewing experience”, but it would seem that the aim is to encourage more positive chat by enabling Blizzard to enforce consequences for negative behavior beyond Twitch itself.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe trial will take place during the Contenders Season 3 playoffs.

Blizzard have previously stated they’re willing to monitor and potentially take action on behavior outside of the game itself when it comes to addressing negativity, so this move is in line with that model.

In a Developer Update in January 2018, game director Jeff Kaplan stated that the team “proactively seek out social media sites like YouTube, for example, and look for incidents of very toxic behavior, and seek out the accounts that are participating in those, and action them often times before anybody’s even reported them or they’ve shown up in any other place.”


Incredible Overwatch custom game lets you drive a ‘Lamborghini’

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:21 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 5:34

by Brad Norton


An Overwatch racing game might not be all too far off now as a stylish new Workshop mode places heroes behind the wheel, allowing you to drive through any given map.

Driving a car is now possible in Overwatch thanks to the power of the Workshop. Players have modded their own custom vehicle into existence, allowing you to take it for a spin and drift through the game.

It’s not a simple trick that lets your hero move faster than usual. It’s a proper vehicle design that you can take control of and drive around. 

In fact, it’s modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador SV, giving you some style and some speed as you cruise through the world of Overwatch.

Overwatch gameplay
Ever wanted to drive a Lambo? Now you can… in Overwatch.

“I’ve turned Overwatch into a Streetwatch,” GraczCourier’s Gaming revealed on January 21. While it might look a little different to what you had in mind, it functions better than perhaps any Workshop vehicle to date.

A collection of pipes and electricity effects bring the template of the car to life. Players have complete control over the direction of the Lambo, along with its speed as well.

You can drift around corners, activate nitrous, and even change the radio station while you’re in the driver’s seat. Not only that, but the custom mode appears to work across every map in the game.

This means you can boost through Hanamura, take in the sights of Blizzard World, or jet around London on King’s Row. Handling looks to be extremely precise as an accompanying video showcased just what’s possible with the Aventador in Overwatch.

While it’s a blast to drive around, there’s a unique challenge to it as well. How fast can you get through your favorite map? How long can you drift in one attempt? You and your teammates can put it all to the test.

The flashy Workshop mode is available for anyone to check out in-game now. Try it out for yourself with the following Workshop code: 4XQP4