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Ex-Overwatch pro leaks OWL email fining him $1,000 for Pepe meme

Published: 25/Jul/2020 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Overwatch League pro Ted ‘Silkthread’ Wang leaked an email he was sent that fined him for posting about Pepe the Frog on Twitter during a July 23 Twitch stream.

Back in season one of the league, in an attempt to improve his “Twitter game,” Silkthread tweeted, “Does anyone else love Pepe the frog?”

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Shortly after doing so, the social media manager for his team, the Los Angeles Valiant, demanded he delete the tweet immediately.

While he did so, his remark didn’t go unnoticed by the Overwatch League, who fined the player a whopping $1,000 for the post. Fortunately, he was able to appeal the fine, and claimed he was unaware of the green frog’s alleged connection as a “hate symbol.”

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Silkthread at Blizzard Arena
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Silkthread was fined for posting about a cartoon frog.

Now, years later, the DPS player has leaked the email that the league sent him accusing him of “posting support for a racist meme.”

The email called Silkthread’s tweet “unacceptable” and a “violation of the spirit of diversity and inclusiveness that makes Overwatch great.”

It continued to stress that he would be fined $1,000, but had the option to appeal, which he did. According to the player, he paid a $60 Uber to go to Burbank so he could dispute the fine.

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However, the streamer now wishes he had just paid the fine.

“Thinking back, it probably would have been smarter to take the fine,” he said. “It would be pretty f**king cool to ‘legacized’ and the person that got fined for tweeting about Pepe the Frog. That would be pretty epic.”

Since Silkthread’s fine, it does seem like the league has decided to ease up their stance on Pepe memes. Dallas Fuel hitscan player Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet was allowed to post a birthday Pepe back in December 2019.

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Regardless, it’s strange to still think the league took such a strict stance against the meme, considering its popularity on Twitch and internet culture as a whole.

Hopefully, the league rethinks its position on Pepe completely once homestands start up again in season 4.

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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.