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Houston Outlaws player explains how teams treated Shanghai Dragons in Overwatch League Season One

Published: 4/Dec/2018 18:42 Updated: 5/Dec/2018 8:29

by Joe O'Brien

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Houston Outlaws DPS Jacob ‘Jake’ Lyon explained what it was like to face Shanghai Dragons throughout the first season of the Overwatch League.

The Shanghai Dragons made history in the worst way possible in Season One of the Overwatch League. They weren’t just the league’s last-place team, they failed to win a single match across the entire season, ending with a 0-40 record that made headlines as arguably the worst performance by a team in a premier competition in any esport.

Though they certainly entered the league as quite clearly the weakest team, the Dragons’ final record didn’t reflect a complete failure to improve. With experience and some mid-season roster moves, it became clear towards the end of the season that Shanghai were getting closer to securing their first win.

Unfortunately for them, however, it seems their extreme record across the first three stages might have made things even harder for them as the season came to a close, as Houston Outlaws’ Jake explained during an appearance on the Ultimate Advantage talk show.

Ordinarily, teams that are notably weaker can at least expect the benefit of being treated accordingly, with opponents putting in less preparation and perhaps even a weaker starting roster than they otherwise might.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Shanghai Dragons came close several times, but could never quite close out a series.

In the beginning of the season, this was exactly the case, with some teams using matches against Shanghai to give some stage time to players that might otherwise more commonly be on the bench.

As the Dragons got ever-closer to a winless season, however, it seems the fear of being the first team to lose to Shanghai meant that if anything, the Dragons began to receive the kind of treatment usually reserved for tournament favorites.

Unfortunately, the Dragons team of Season One will never get a real chance at redemption, as the organization made a near complete overhaul, building an almost entirely South Korean squad heading into Season Two.

Chinese Overwatch did get a chance to prove itself, however, with an impressive run to the finals of this year’s World Cup. Chengdu Hunters will field an all-Chinese roster in Season Two, and there are several other Chinese stars spread among the Dragons, Guanzhou Charge, and Hangzhou Spark.

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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.