More Details Have Emerged Regarding Overwatch League Expansion for Season Two - Dexerto

More Details Have Emerged Regarding Overwatch League Expansion for Season Two

Published: 28/May/2018 17:33 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:00

by Joe O'Brien


New details have surfaced regarding Blizzard’s plans for Overwatch League expansion ahead of Season Two.

In an interview with German publication Handelsblatt, president and CEO of the Overwatch League Pete Vlastelica hinted at some of the league’s plans.

It has already been reported that the league intends to add new franchises for Season Two, and Vlastelica confirmed that they’re looking to expand by six teams. While that number has been referenced before, the interview also revealed the intended distribution of those spots – two in Asia-Pacific, two in Europe, and two in North America.

While Vlastelica doesn’t reveal exactly where those spots will be located, he does touch on the possibility of a franchise in Berlin. Blizzard are apparently very interested in adding a Berlin team to the league, and while nothing is confirmed for this round of expansion, they intend to have a team there “at the latest next year”, which would presumably mean ahead of Season Three if not by Season Two.

Vlastelica also confirms that Blizzard is focused on Paris, Amsterdam, and some Scandinavian regions as other potential points of interest in Europe. He states that discussions are being held “with stakeholders in Berlin, but also in France, Spain, and Sweden.”

Season One of the Overwatch League features twelve teams, of which nine are based in North America, two in Asia (Shanghai Dragons and Seoul Dynasty), and one in Europe (London Spitfire).

The original buy-in for teams was rumoured to be $20 million each. For Season Two, it has been reported that Blizzard is asking for up to $60 million from prospective new owners.

Despite the significant increase in price, it seems Blizzard is confident of attracting enough interested investors to expand as much as they wish. The full interview with Pete Vlastelica can be read on Handelsblatt, in which he touches on a variety of aspects of the league so far.


Overwatch YouTuber discovers how much weight Junkrat carries per game

Published: 30/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


An Overwatch YouTuber has done a lot of research to determine how much weight Junkrat carries on him in a single round of Overwatch.

The destructive Australian hero has an insane amount of equipment on his person. His frag launcher, grenades, two mines, a bear trap and of course, his Riptire ultimate on his back.

While it’s not very realistic for a hero to carry around that much on his person, the hero himself isn’t very realistic to begin with, as he literally walks around on one leg and uses his own mines for vertical mobility.

Firstly, the YouTuber had to go through all the items and find some real word comparisons beginning with Riptire.

Junkrat on Temple of Anubis
Blizzard Entertainment
Junkrat carries a lot of weight on him during a round of Overwatch.

For this, Fraglrokt decided to use the tire fellow YouTuber Colin Furze made, which is 16 inches and powered by a chainsaw engine. Once factoring the weight of the tire, its rims and the engine, it comes to a whopping 74 pounds.

And that’s only for a single tire. Junkrat’s ultimate comes up pretty fast, so it’s likely that he’ll be carrying at least three per round.

When it comes to Junkrat’s grenades, Fraglrokt decided they were close enough to the M67. With five grenades per reload, we’re looking at 4.4 pounds.

After looking over former Overwatch League pro Jake ‘Jake’ Lyon’ and average players to see how often they reload per round. It was determined that Jake reloads around 35 times while average players do so 57 times. This equals out to being 44 times a round, which when multiplied by 4.4 comes out to 202.4 pounds.

Moving onto the trap, Fraglrokt took the middle ground after looking at a couple of options and decide that Junkrat’s is probably 36 pounds. With players using an average of 13 traps per round, it comes to 468 LBS.

Finally, moving onto Junkrat’s mines, seeing as they resemble anti-tank mines, that’s what Fraglrokt decided on for his real-world comparison. With players using 35-42 mines per round, that comes out to a staggering 1058.75 pounds.

Junkrat equipment weight
Junkrat carries 2000 pounds on him in one round.

After factoring all the results, including the Total Mayhem passive, it was determined that the hero carries approximately 2,000 pounds every single round of Overwatch.

Of course, the whole video was just for fun, but it really puts the absurdity of Overwatch in perspective.