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.

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.

“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.

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 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.