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Florida Mayhem Announces Significant Changes to Overwatch League Roster

Published: 5/Sep/2018 21:36

by Joe O'Brien


Florida Mayhem have announced sweeping changes to their Overwatch League roster.

Of the team’s Season One roster, only three players will be returning with the Mayhem for Season Two, with six being released from the team.

The change is the most drastic of all the teams except for the Shanghai Dragons, who released eight players. Though the Dragons were the stand-out poor performers of Season One, failing to win a single series, the Mayhem were the clear next-weakest, winning just seven of their 40 matches.

The following players have been released from the Florida Mayhem roster:

  • Andreas ‘Logix’ Berghmans
  • Tim ‘Manneten’ Bylund
  • Johan ‘CWoosH’ Klingestedt
  • Sebastian ‘Zebbosai’ Olsson
  • Aleksi ‘Zuppeh’ Kuntsi
  • Joonas ‘Zappis’ Alakurtti

Of the original Mayhem roster, only Kevyn ‘TviQ’ Lindström remains, alongside Ha ‘Sayaplayer’ Jeong-woo and Kim ‘aWesomeGuy’ Sung-hoon, who joined in the mid-season signing window.

Florida Mayhem CEO Ben Spoont revealed on Twitter that the team had run extensive try-outs over a period of months to determine which players would remain and which would depart the team.


With eight new teams joining the league for Season Two, it’s likely that players with Overwatch League experience will be in high demand, so both the former Mayhem players and released players from other teams could well return for Season Two under new banners.

Florida Mayhem will have until September 9 to finalize any transfers with other Overwatch League teams or sign players from their Contenders team, Mayhem Academy, to the OWL roster. After that, they will have to wait until after the exclusive window for expansion teams closes on October 7 to sign free agents.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


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.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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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.