Overwatch Contenders fans get creative after the League's official Twitter account goes quiet - Dexerto
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Overwatch Contenders fans get creative after the League’s official Twitter account goes quiet

Published: 20/Nov/2018 21:14 Updated: 20/Nov/2018 21:24

by Bill Cooney

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After the official Twitter account for the Overwatch Contenders league failed to tweet during the opening weekend of Contenders Season 3, one fan took it upon themselves to make an account to provide updates on the action.

The official @owpathtopro Twitter account has since tweeted about a few Contender’s matches this week, but it was silent over the weekend as the first matches of Season 3 happened.

That led some Contender’s fans to create a community-run Twitter account to provide updates on matches that has already gained a few thousand followers in just a few days.

A post about the official Contenders account going silent got a response from Bill Warnecke, a lead software engineer at Blizzard who said they would be looking into the matter.

That didn’t stop fans from supporting the new account though, which posts game updates and highlights at a rate comparable to the official Overwatch League account during the season.

Blizzard has come under fire recently from fans for what they say is a lack of support for competitions at a lower level than the Overwatch League.

We don’t know yet whether or not this will move Blizzard into being more active with Contenders on social media, but it does say something about the fans appetite for that kind of engagement. 

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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.