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Dallas Fuel Adds Two New Coaches After a Disappointing Overwatch League Season

Published: 26/Jul/2018 5:38 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:08

by Joe O'Brien

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Dallas Fuel has signed Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy and Louis ‘Tikatee’ Lebel-Wong as assistant coaches for their Overwatch League team.

Jayne is a prominent Overwatch streamer who focuses on analytical content and the coach for Team Canada for the Overwatch World Cup. Tikatee previously worked as an assistant coach under current Dallas head coach Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins when both were with FNRGFE.

Aero himself joined the team for Stage 4 of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. The team had been in crisis earlier in the season, but with Aero at the helm the Fuel ended on a high note, reaching the Stage 4 playoffs.

Dallas Fuel now looks to expand its coaching staff ahead of Season Two of the league. Aero said of the new additions:

“As we continue to build our confidence among the players on our roster and look to capitalize on our dynamic end-of-season success, Jayne and Tikatee will be tremendous help in rounding out the skills and focus needed on our coaching staff. We look forward to the both of them joining us in Los Angeles. Both bring a remarkable aptitude for quickly analyzing gameplay and leave no stone unturned in breaking down footage and helping us create a culture and philosophy that will help our players improve and assist the team in reaching its goals.”

The first order of business for the coaching staff, alongside general manager Mat ‘TazMo’ Taylor, will be to begin assembling the Dallas roster for season two. From August 1, existing teams will have until September 8 to extend contracts with current players and make trades with other teams, after which any players whose contracts weren’t extended will become free agents.

Teams with Contenders squads – of which Dallas is one – may also sign players from their Contenders rosters to their Overwatch League squads during this time.

Other free agents will only be available to existing franchises after an exclusive signing window for expansion teams from September 9-October 7. Consequently, current teams – particularly those that underwhelmed in Season One, such as Dallas – will have to think carefully about which players they hold onto and who they try to secure via trade, as most of the top free agents are likely to be signed to new teams.

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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.