Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock Are Getting Virtual Reality Fan Clubhouses - Dexerto

Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock Are Getting Virtual Reality Fan Clubhouses

Published: 10/May/2018 20:51 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Joe O'Brien


Linden Lab’s Sansar has partnered with Houston Outlaws and San Francisco Shock to create VR watch spaces for fans.

Sansar is a free-to-use virtual reality social media platform, although the platform is also available via desktop without the need for a virtual reality headset.


Within Sansar, the Houston Outlaws and the San Francisco Shock will have virtual reality spaces to act as fan centres and hosting areas for vitual events. The Outlaws will be getting a clubhouse called “the Hideout”, while Shock fans will be able to join a virtual esports arena called “the Epicenter”.

Linden LabHouston Outlaws’ Hideout
Linden LabSan Francisco Shock’s Epicenter

Fans in both spaces will be able to buy custom-themed skins and merchandise for their avatars, take part in meet-and-greets with the teams, and watch matches live.


Linden Lab’s CEO, Ebbe Altberg, commented on the partnership:

“We’ve seen a real need in the esports market for a deeper, more engaging fan experience — something that can go beyond normal spectatorship to really draw people in. We feel social VR is perfectly poised to meet this need, and we’re thrilled to find forward-thinking esports partners that feel the same — trailblazing teams that recognize VR’s potential and are willing to evolve and innovate to deliver world-class experiences. Their investments in Sansar are investments in their communities.”

The Houston Outlaws plan to unveil the Hideout at an event in Houston, Texas, on May 18th, while the San Francisco Shock will launch the Epicenter with an event on May 25th. Fans will be able to attend both events by VR.


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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


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.


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.

Overwatch player Tiago
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.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
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.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
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.