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Dafran explains why Overwatch League might “die completely”

Published: 26/Jan/2020 16:52

by Connor Bennett


Former Atlanta Reign star Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca has explained why the Overwatch League could “die completely”, following the announcement that it would be switching to being broadcast on YouTube. 

While Call of Duty fans awaited the announcement about where they could find the new franchise league being streamed, Activision Blizzard announced that it would be tying CoD, Hearthstone, and the Overwatch League together and handing the broadcast rights off to YouTube.

Seeing as fans have come to expect the games to be shown on Twitch, it represents a pretty significant change for the league ahead of its third season of competition. The original Overwatch League rights deal with Twitch was signed for two-years, and reportedly cost the Amazon-owned platform around $90 million, but nothing outside a “multi-year” agreement has been announced for YouTube.

An image of Dafran competing in the Overwatch League for the Atlanta Reign.
Robert Paul/Blizzard
Dafran played one stage in the Overwatch League before retiring.

However, while some may see it as a fresh start for the league, not everyone is all that positive. That includes Dafran who, during his January 26 stream, explained that the switch could have a devastating effect on the OWL. 

Responding to questions from his viewers about the switch, Dafran said: “Dude, we might get surprised – that’s a lot of normies on YouTube. Dude, there’s also a big chance that Overwatch League is just gonna die completely. I guess that’s a big chance, yeah, Overwatch League might just completely die dude. And when I mean dead, I mean 50k viewers.”

Yet, the popular Overwatch streamer wasn’t finished there, explaining his thoughts further on the matter as he waited for another match to get underway. 

“It’s a scary time for Overwatch League dude, with the move to YouTube is just, dude, MonkaS,” he said. “MonkaS dude. We’ll see.” (MonkaS is a Twitch emote of a worried looking Pepe the Frog.)

Of course, no one knows what the effect that the switch to YouTube will have on Blizzard’s established league until it happens and fans make up their mind on the change. 

As for the Call of Duty League, YouTube’s head of Gaming, Ryan Wyatt, was quite pleased with the viewing figures on day one, which peaked at just under 90,000 viewers, an improvement on day one of the 2019 season.

For the Overwatch League, the switch to YouTube could very well breathe new life into the league or, as Dafran says, it could die off completely. We’ll just have to wait and see once February 8 rolls around.


Terrifying Hanzo skin concept transforms Overwatch’s favorite archer

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:49

by Lauren Bergin


Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying. 

Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.

Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.

Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.

Overwatch Legendary skin
Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.

A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.

Pictured with bright red skin, dark eyes and protruding horns that you can almost imagine animated to glow with smoking embers, the archer is both recognisable yet entirely different.

Luke should be commended for ensuring that the skin is true to form and doesn’t lose all of the characteristics that make Hanzo so unique.

Devil Hanzo Skin Concept by me! from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.

One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.

One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.

So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.

We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.