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Former Canadian Olympic Committee CEO to Join Toronto Overwatch League Franchise

Published: 6/Sep/2018 19:46 Updated: 6/Sep/2018 19:47

by Joe O'Brien


Former Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt will reportedly be the President of the Toronto Overwatch League franchise.

Overholt announced his departure from the COC on September 5 after eight years with the organization, staying only that his new role in a leadership position would be announced soon.

According to a report by SportsBusinessDaily, that new role will be as President of the Toronto Overwatch League franchise. The Toronto spot is among eight reported expansion teams for Season Two of the league, owned by a group led by Canadian entrepreneur Michael Kimel and to be operated by esports organization Splyce.

Having previously held positions as the Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Miami Dolphins NFL team and the Florida Panthers NHL team, Overholt is one of the most high-profile execs to make the switch from sports to esports. According to the SBD report, Overholt’s involvement was a condition for Blizzard to sell the Toronto spot.

According to ESPN, the Toronto spot was sold for $35 million, a significant increase compared to the $20 million payed by season one teams. Other expansion teams are reportedly being sold for up to $60 million, with the exact price for each depending on several factors including the Overwatch player-base and general population in the location.

So far only Atlanta and Guangzhou expansion teams have been officially announced, but reports suggest that as well as Toronto, new franchises will include teams based in Paris, Washington D.C., Vancouver, and both Hangzhou and Chengdu in China.


Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39

by Nate Searl


Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.