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How to get Overwatch & 200 OWL Tokens for free on PC

Published: 8/Jan/2021 20:45

by Bill Cooney

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The Vancouver Titans Overwatch League team is offering fans a completely free copy of Overwatch for PC, along with 200 OWL Tokens for a limited time. We’ve got all the info on how to grab them for yourself.

Overwatch is one of the most popular games around, it may not make headlines every day and we’re still waiting on any news about the sequel, but there are plenty of loyal fans who still play day in, day out.

More than four years after release, Blizzard still hasn’t made the game free-to-play despite a ton of people asking for it, but to start off 2021 you can pick up a copy and 200 OWL Tokens completely free for a limited time thanks to the Vancouver Titans.

How to get Overwatch & 200 OWL Tokens for free

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200 League Tokens is just enough for two team skins, or one special cosmetic (ie. Lucio’s DJ emote).

To start off, the offer is only good for a free PC version of Overwatch, so if you only have Xbox, PlayStation, or Switch, you are unfortunately out of luck. 

Also, if you already have the game on your Battle.net account ,you will not be eligible for the promotion. There’s nothing stopping you from creating a new one to get another copy of the game for free, but we won’t be going over exactly how to do that here.

You will have until January 31 to claim your free copy, which can be done by following the steps below:

  1. Head to the code site and enter your information in the boxes.
  2. Once you have your code, head to the Vancouver Titans OWL page.
  3. Connect your Blizzard account to OWL (if you haven’t already).
  4. Enter your code.
  5. Once you receive confirmation, your copy of Overwatch should appear in the ‘Gifts’ section of the Battle.net launcher.
  6. Activate and install Overwatch, pick your hero, and hop into a game!

The offer should be available to players in the United States, Canada, and Europe. To make sure you qualify, check out the full rules and regulations right here.

Not only do you get a free copy of Overwatch to do with what you will, but you also get 200 OWL Tokens, which is enough for two team-specific hero skins of your choice. If team skins aren’t your jam, then you can always unlock the Lucio DJ emote for 200 as well — the choice is yours.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”