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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 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.