Boston Uprising’s Huk denies allegations made after season one of the Overwatch League - Dexerto
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Boston Uprising’s Huk denies allegations made after season one of the Overwatch League

Published: 26/Oct/2018 18:47 Updated: 27/Oct/2018 7:34

by Joe O'Brien

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Chris ‘Huk’ Loranger, President of Gaming for Boston Uprising owners The Kraft Group, has responded to criticism of his management of the team during Season One of the Overwatch League.

A recent report by VP Esports alleged that Huk was responsible for a highly negative atmosphere with the Boston team.

The report cites issues with the managerial structure, communication failures, and Loranger’s own “abrasive” approach to management among factors contributing to a divided and dissatisfied team.

With one half of the team comprised of South Korean players and the other of western players, a divide between the two groups reportedly developed over the course of the season. This divide was compounded by head coach Park ‘Crusty’ Da-hee being told to predominantly coach the Korean players while the rest of the staff focused on the English-speakers.

Frustrations within the team reportedly resulted in multiple incidents that impacted the team’s practice, from disruptive players interrupting sessions to entire scrim blocks being called off due to tensions within the squad.

The report also cites the team’s financial compensation as a source of friction, with players displeased with their salary figures, most of which are close to the league minimum. Boston also allegedly did not re-negotiate contracts for Season Two, unlike many other teams.

Meanwhile, the team were reportedly required to live with three players to each two-bedroom apartment, with only a room divider separating the third from the living area.

In an extensive post of his own, Huk has denied the allegations, stating that “the majority of the statements in the article are hurtful and grossly false, some being partially true but twisted to fit an agenda/narrative that isn’t true.”

Huk directly refutes certain claims – such as that he made a member of staff cry by verbally attacking them over a “minor mistake” and that the Boston Uprising refused to play for Stanislov ‘Mistakes’ Danilov’s flight home after releasing him – and describes the team’s internal issues during season one as “[not] unlike or any different then most other teams in the League”.

The full report detailing the accusations against Huk and the Boston management can be read here. Huk’s full response to the allegations can be read here.

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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.