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Jeff Kaplan hints at future of Overwatch’s Competitive Open Queue

Published: 17/Apr/2020 4:06

by Andrew Amos

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Overwatch’s Competitive Open Queue has been a hit with players ⁠— more than even Blizzard expected ⁠— and if comments from Jeff Kaplan are anything to go off, the mode might have a bright future within the FPS title.

The Competitive Open Queue mode in Overwatch has been a much-appreciated throwback for the game’s veterans. No role lock, no worries ⁠— teams have been running all kinds of weird and wacky compositions, and yes, GOATS has seen a resurgence.

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However, because it’s an Arcade mode, players aren’t expecting it to stick around for much longer. On the numbers though, Competitive Open Queue could have a bright future.

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Competitive Open Queue has been out for three days, but it’s been a hit with players.

Jeff Kaplan hit the forums on April 16 to answer players’ concerns about the mode, and hinted that it could be staying around for longer than expected.

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“We’re discussing the future of the mode right now,” he said.

While he didn’t expand on whether the mode will become a permanent fixture, or just be rotated through Arcade more often, players can look forward to seeing it more in the future.

He also dropped some statistics that might surprise players. Competitive Open Queue is performing well above expectations in all regions across all platforms.

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It’s the most popular Arcade queue in every region except North America, and has accounted for more than 10% of all hours played across multiple platforms.

In certain regions, like Korea, it has peaked at over 25% playtime, beating out Quick Play and only coming in second to regular ranked.

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The stats for Competitive Open Queue are promising for its future.

Kaplan did emphasise that these statistics are based on one day’s numbers alone, however noted these trends have been continuing, and that’s why Blizzard are looking at the mode’s future in-game.

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“It’s interesting to see what regions and platforms are responding to the different modes in the game,” he said.

So, if you’ve been enjoying the throwback to Competitive Play ⁠— the way it used to be ⁠— you might be able to get back on the grind like nothing ever changed permanently in the future.

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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