Dafran removes Pepe emotes from social media and Twitch after joining Overwatch League - Dexerto
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Dafran removes Pepe emotes from social media and Twitch after joining Overwatch League

Published: 1/Nov/2018 23:16 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 23:57

by Bill Cooney

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One of the most interesting episodes that happened during the first season of Overwatch League was the League’s crackdown on all things related to images of the cartoon frog Pepe and it doesn’t look like the anti-amphibian sentiment is going away anytime soon, as Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca found out after joining the Atlanta Reign.

Shortly after announcing that he’d joined the team, dafran changed his Twitter profile picture, which previously was an emote from his Twitch channel of Pepe wearing a red hat.

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He also removed all the Pepe emotes from his Twitch channel, replacing them with random anime faces or clowns.

During a recent stream, dafran told viewers that, with a heavy heart, he had to say goodbye to Pepe.

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“Yeah, the Pepe emotes are gone, rest in peace dude,” he lamented to viewers. “I’m asking Blizzard if I can just paint the Pepe emotes fucking, another color dude, maybe instead of green it could be something else, I don’t know dude.”

Dafran isn’t the only player to run into problems with the league because of the cartoon frog, during Season 1, the League made Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won delete a birthday tweet he made featuring Pepe wearing a birthday hat.

Pepe first appeared in a web comic by Matt Furie in 2005 and over the years became a popular internet meme. Recently though, he’s been used as a symbol by various hate groups, which has created controversy over whether or not Pepe is a hate symbol or not.

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By now, the Overwatch League has made it pretty clear they don’t wan’t Pepe anywhere near the league.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.