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Fissure Expands On His Absence from LA Gladiators in Response to Fan Backlash

Published: 19/Jul/2018 3:47 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien

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Los Angeles Gladiators main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung has expanded on his absence during the Overwatch League playoffs.

Fissure’s latest statements on the matter, which come in the wake of fan backlash over his absence during the team’s most important match of the season – which the Gladiators ultimately lost – reveal that he had been told he would not be played for the entirety of the playoffs.

The saga began when it was announced that Fissure, Gladiators’ star player, would not be starting for the first series of their quarter-final match against the Los Angeles Gladiators. A fairly vague statement from the Gladiators subsequently insinuated that this decision had been to do with motivation issues on Fissure’s side.

It was then reported by Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau that the issues had stemmed from Fissure’s frustrations with his team-mates, that he had stated he would prefer to play for an all-Korean team and was considering a move for season two, possibly to the Seoul Dynasty.

Fissure responded by stating that while he had only ever said that he felt a unified language was superior for a team, and that his absence was purely a result of substitute main tank ‘iRemiix’ having been a better fit in the current meta.

Further controversy arose, however, when Fissure was absent from the arena for the second day of the Gladiators’ quarter-final match, on which they were thoroughly swept aside by the Spitfire in consecutive 0-3 defeats, losing the match 1-2 and being eliminated from the playoffs.

Fissure himself was the subject of much criticism from Los Angeles Gladiators fans, some of whom seemed to feel that he had abandoned the team when they needed him most.

In his latest series of tweets addressing the issue, however, Fissure states that he can no longer deal with the abuse he’s receiving, revealing screenshots that show him being told that he would not compete in the playoffs and he was no longer needed at team practice.

These latest revelations shift the focus firmly back onto the Los Angeles Gladiators, whose apparent decision to discard Fissure for the playoffs may well have cost them a place in the semi-finals – at least in the eyes of many fans.

The Gladiators have been largely silent on the matter, with neither organization nor fellow players commenting beyond the team’s original statement.

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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.