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Nate Nanzer Confirms When the Dennis Hawelka Award Will Be Given

Published: 30/Jul/2018 11:21 Updated: 30/Jul/2018 11:23

by Joe O'Brien

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Nate Nanzer has confirmed that the recipient of the Dennis Hawelka Award will be announced at the Overwatch League All-Stars event.

The Dennis Hawelka Award is an award in honor of Dennis ‘INTERNETHULK’ Hawelka, who tragically passed away in November of 2017, that will be given to the Overwatch League player who had the most positive impact on the community at the end of each season.

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The original announcement of the award never specified when exactly it would be given, merely stating that it would be awarded “at the end of each Overwatch League season”. When no mention of the award was made at the grand finals, many questioned when the winner would be announced.

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer took to Twitter to respond, clarifying that the award would be given at the All-Stars event, which is taking place August 25-26.

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INTERNETHULK was one of the original players of the Team Envy Overwatch team that ultimately became the core of the Dallas Fuel, and by all accounts he had a positive and lasting impact on everyone he came in contact with.

After London Spitfire won the grand finals, flex tank Kim ‘Fury’ Jun-ho paid tribute to INTERNETHULK in his first statement on social media following the victory.

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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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Overwatch player Tiago
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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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