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Controversial Overwatch Player xQc Could Return to the Overwatch League

Published: 22/May/2018 21:08 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:40

by Joe O'Brien

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It seems controversial Overwatch player and streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel could return to the Overwatch League.

According to xQc during a recent stream, he has already had interest from teams regarding Season Two of the league.

xQc joined the Overwatch League as a main tank for Dallas Fuel, but got caught up in several controversies during his time with the team. On two occasions, xQc was suspended from competing by the Overwatch League itself, while the Fuel themselves also extended one of those suspensions.

Following xQc’s suspension during Stage 2 of the league, he and the Dallas Fuel ultimately parted ways. Though he technically could have pursued a place on another team during the signing window, xQc did not return to the Overwatch League, instead moving to streaming full-time to his sizeable audience.

Now, however, xQc has revealed that he has already spoken to teams about potentially returning to the league for Season Two. xQc doesn’t go into detail about the teams, or whether he would even want to return, but implies that the opportunity is there for him should he wish to take it.

xQc also notes that Blizzard could have a say in whether or not he could return to the league. While he was not removed directly by the league itself, rather by mutual termination of his contract with the Dallas Fuel, Blizzard clearly did not approve of much of his conduct while competing in the league.

All roster moves have to be approved by Blizzard in order to be completed, so Blizzard could theoretically prevent xQc from returning to the league. That being said, xQc’s punishments never resulted in more than a four-match ban, with the monetary fine scaling instead over multiple offences, so it seems unlikely that Blizzard’s intention was to prevent xQc from appearing in the league altogether.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.