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Houston Outlaws Confirms the Addition of Former Dallas Fuel Head Coach KyKy

Published: 10/May/2018 21:33 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Joe O'Brien

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Houston Outlaws has confirmed the addition of former Dallas Fuel head coach Kyle ‘KyKy’ Souder to its coaching staff.

KyKy joins as an assistant coach, working under head coach Kim ‘TaiRong’ Tae-young and alongside fellow assistant coaches Adam ‘MESR’ De La Torre and Kim ‘HyunWoo’ Hyun-woo.

KyKy parted ways with the Dallas Fuel after a largely unsuccessful season which saw the team struggle both in-game and out, with uniformly underwhelming results and a near constant stream of drama and controversy.

While many were quick to lay the majority of blame at KyKy’s feet, it seems Texas rivals the Houston Outlaws feel KyKy has something valuable to offer. It wasn’t long before KyKy was linked to a potential move to the Outlaws, with several hints suggesting that he was working with the team during Stage 3.

Now that the official announcement has been made, KyKy will look to help Houston to both return to the stage playoffs in Stage 4 and secure a spot in the overall season playoffs by the stage’s end.

The Houston Outlaws currently sit in seventh place in the overall standings, one position short of the top six that will qualify for the $1.7million playoffs. With only four match wins separating the third-place London Spitfire and the eighth-place LA Gladiators, every match in Stage 4 could have huge playoff implications.

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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.