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Dallas Fuel pro EFFECT explains why he’s retiring from Overwatch

Published: 7/Apr/2019 12:37 Updated: 7/Apr/2019 12:45

by Marcus Banks


Overwatch professional player, Hyeon ‘EFFECT’ Hwang, has announced his emotional retirement from the game due to concerns over his mental health.

EFFECT has been on Dallas Fuel since the team’s inception since 2017 and was one of the most popular DPS players in the Overwatch community.

In a heartfelt (translatedFacebook post, EFFECT revealed his struggles with mental health that had led to him becoming suicidal – forcing him to retire from professional gaming to focus on his recovery.

ROBERT PAUL FOR BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENEFFECT has previously taken breaks from Overwatch but is now officially retired.

Why did EFFECT retire from Overwatch?

EFFECT detailed his battle with depression dating back to his teenage years that continued to plague him throughout his career in professional Overwatch. “When my family exited the theater amazed at the CG, I was thinking about suicide.”

The stress of competing in some of the biggest esport tournaments in the world did little to relieve the pressure on his shoulders and almost resulted in him taking his own life.

“I don’t want to foolishly act upon it and commit something like suicide. But no matter how I think about it, I think I need healing. I think I need to consult with doctors,” EFFECT said. “I feel like if I can’t stop this, my emotions will become like that of a landslide, and bury me and swallow me up.”

ROBERT PAUL FOR BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENTEFFECT took the brave decision to announce he was bi-sexual back in December.

He added that even being recognised as a star player wasn’t enough to improve his mental state.

“I couldn’t even feel the allure of becoming a star anymore. When I thought to myself, ‘The depression inside of me has become this big,’ I felt afraid. Because I felt like if I continued on like this, I might eventually kill myself in a heated moment.”

EFFECT will return to streaming and YouTube

Hwang revealed that he plans on returning to streaming and creating YouTube content in order to fall in love with gaming again.

He was praised by Dalla Fuel owner Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail for his contribution to the team saying EFFECT gave the “organization and fans thrilling memories, insane plays, multiple championships and has been a true pleasure to watch.”

Rufail added that the org would continue to support the 21-year-old during his comeback to streaming if that’s what he desires.

We hope to see EFFECT with a smile on his face again and wish him the best in his recovery.

If you are looking for someone to talk to, you can call the United States’ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, or text HELP to 741741.

If you are from outside the United States, you can use the below numbers:

UK (Samaritans): 116 123

Australia: 131114

France: 0145394000

Germany: 08001810771

Italy: 800860022

Spain: 914590050


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.