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How to get free Token Drops by watching Overwatch League

Published: 20/May/2020 19:37

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch League has brought back their much-requested token drops, and earning them is even easier than before.

The League’s big move to YouTube with Season 3 ruffled some fans’ feathers, because it also did away with the popular Overwatch League Token Drops that rewarded you for watching matches.

OWL Tokens are used to unlock exclusive in-game skins for heroes – and while the new system works a bit differently than when it was on Twitch, the good news is earning them is easier than ever before.

You can start earning Tokens by watching the Overwatch League Regional Tournaments on Friday, May 22. Viewing the live matches on the OWL website, mobile site, or app is the only way to collect, so remember watching on YouTube won’t net you any Tokens.

Every hour you spend watching Overwatch Leeague will earn you five League Tokens, and viewing time is tracked continuously, so if you watch 30 minutes in one session and return later for another 30 minutes of viewing, you’ll get credit for that total accumulated hour.

How to earn free Overwatch League Tokens

As we mentioned before, earning OWL Tokens through drops is easier than ever before. All it takes is a Blizzard account- and if you play Overwatch, you’ll probably have already.

  1. Create or log in to your Blizzard account on overwatchleague.com or in the Overwatch League app.
  2. View a live stream of a match on the Overwatch League website or app.
  3. Collect your free Tokens.

OWL Tokens will be available in your account immediately after each total hour of viewing, which means you can spend them right away if you have enough.

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OWL Tokens can be used to unlock in-game team skins for each hero.

Obviously, to unlock and use in-game items, you need to actually own Overwatch on one platform or another. If you play on anything other than PC, you’ll need to link your account to Blizzard and Battle.net.

Unfortunately, the drops aren’t available to viewers in China, but those of us watching in other parts of Asia, North America, and Europe, should be able to earn just fine.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.