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Deaf Overwatch League Fan Demonstrates the Signs for Overwatch Heroes

Published: 5/Jun/2018 13:07 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Joe O'Brien

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The most recent episode of Watchpoint: Recap showed how the Overwatch League caters to deaf fans in the live audience.

Overwatch is a six-versus-six game which is built heavily around compositions, teamplay, and the interaction between multiple heroes at once, so no single perspective can really capture everything that’s going on in the game at any one time – or even necessarily convey all of the most important aspects.

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As a result, the commentators – who also have access to multiple viewpoints as well as what’s being shown on the stream – are perhaps even more important for breaking down exactly what’s going on and highlighting elements that might not be visible or immediately obvious.

As such, it’s not at all hard to imagine that being unable to hear the commentary makes understanding what’s happening in-game all the more difficult. While Blizzard has yet to come up with a solution for deaf viewers of the online streams, they have accounted for fans in the live audience.

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In the Blizzard Arena in which the Overwatch League is held, a sign-language interpreter relays the commentary for deaf fans in the audience, allowing them to experience the entire broadcast rather than just seeing the perspective of the camera.

One of the core elements of an Overwatch broadcast is of course the heroes being referenced, but naturally there are no universal signs for the names of these heroes. In fact, sign language doesn’t have universal signs for personal names at all, with names instead needing to be spelled out.

To avoid constantly spelling out names – which would in this instance be particularly impractical given the speed at which the commentary often flows –  signers often create individual sign names, particularly among friends. This is the solution used for Overwatch heroes by signers at the arena, with each hero having a unique sign name.

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In the most recent episode of Watchpoint: Recap, deaf Overwatch League fan Danik Soudakoff talked about his experience at the arena and showed off some of the signs he and the interpreter use for the cast of Overwatch heroes.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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