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Boston Uprising Release Another Player Ahead of Overwatch League Season Two

Published: 3/Sep/2018 16:16 Updated: 7/Aug/2020 13:29

by Joe O'Brien

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Boston Uprising have released Stanislav ‘Mistakes’ Danilov from their Overwatch League roster.

The DPS player is the fourth player to part ways with the Uprising ahead of Season Two, with the team having previously announced the departure of Mikias ‘Snow’ Yohannes, Connor ‘Avast’ Prince, and Shin ‘Kalios’ Woo-yeol.

Mistakes spent much of the first half of the season on the bench for Boston, but when Jonathon ‘Dreamkazper’ Sanchez was removed from the team at the start of Stage 3 Mistakes was forced to step up as a starter without warning.

Despite the sudden change, the Uprising were able to complete Stage 3 undefeated, the only team for the entire season to finish a stage 10-0. Boston went on to reach the season playoffs, where they were defeated in the quarter-finals by eventual runners-up Philadelphia Fusion.

Chris ‘HuK’ Loranger, President of Gaming for Boston Uprising owners The Kraft Group, said:

“Mr. Danilov, you were the first person we picked up for the team and ended up in a role that I don’t think either of us expected throughout the whole season. You were a sub that played here and there, but stepped up for the team when we needed you most. We went on to have a perfect stage and the longest win streak in the League during one of our toughest times as a team. You started out as a Tracer 1-trick but adapted to fill in where we needed you most. I meant what I said that you were the best player in the final day of playoffs. No one is perfect but you strive and fight to be a better version of yourself in and out of game every day. I always appreciated your honest and bluntness as I am someone who is the same way at times. I wish you nothing but the best and hope you can continue to grow and succeed, you will be missed.”

Boston Uprising now have six remaining players on their roster, meaning they will have to sign at least two more to meet the minimum roster requirements by December 8. Notably, the four of the six remaining members are Korean, making it very possible that the Uprising could pivot to an all-Korean roster should they choose to.

The team have until September 9 to finalize which of their current players will remain for Season Two, during which time they can also trade with other Overwatch League teams and sign players from their Contenders team, Toronto Esports, to their OWL roster. After that, an exclusive free agent signing window will open for expansion teams, and Season One teams won’t be able to sign free agents until after it closes on October 8.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.