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New Overwatch skins leaked for Lunar New Year 2020

Published: 15/Jan/2020 21:46

by Bill Cooney

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Almost immediately after Overwatch announced its latest Lunar New Year event, images that appeared to be brand-new skins for the Year of the Rat started to pop up online.

Overwatch announced out of nowhere that Lunar New Year 2020 would begin on January 16 and run through February 5.

Players were without any information on what new hero skins they could expect for about an hour, until Reddit user “DocterrificDoc” posted a link on Reddit to an album containing what seem to be leaked images of the brand-new event skins.

There’s been no confirmation from Blizzard at the time of writing about whether or not the skins are legit, but Dexerto has reached out to the publisher and will update if/when we get a response.

Without any further delay, let’s take a look at what new skins Overwatch fans could be unlocking for Lunar New Year 2020. No names or rarities were provided with the leaked skin images, so how much each will actually cost remains to be seen.

Winston

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Winston looks pretty good in green.

This Winston skin changes the scientist’s armor to a jade green with gold highlights, and gives him orange hair on top of it all.

The skin doesn’t make too many drastic changes to Winston’s original appearance other than color, so if we had to guess, we’d say this would probably come in as an Epic, costing 1500 credits to unlock.

Doomfist

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Doomfist gets a gold fist for the New Year celebrations.

Doomfist’s Lunar New Year Skin gives the hero a gold fist and some matching pants. It’s hard to tell from the image, but his eyes seem to be all white, which would instantly make this skin a whole lot more intimidating.

Whether this skin is an Epic or Legendary is harder to tell than for Winston’s new duds, but again, it doesn’t change too much of Doomfist’s original skin other than colors and textures, so it would seem to be another Epic, as well.

Wrecking Ball

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Hammond looks ready to roll into the New Year (sorry).

Wrecking Ball’s Year of the Rat skin has festive white designs on a red background with gold trim. Hammond himself doesn’t seem to have changed much, though.

This would seem to be the last Epic skin from the leaked images, and we don’t know if these skins will be available as part of weekly challenges during the event, but based on how things went in 2019, it wouldn’t come as a massive a surprise.

Brigitte

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Overwatch loves giving Brigitte Lunar New Year skins.

Brigitte’s leaked skin gives her red and gold armor with massive shoulderpads that would make a World of Warcraft character proud.

Fun fact: Brigitte has received a skin for every Lunar New Year event she’s been a part of since being released in March of 2018. With how this one looks, she’ll likely be adding another Legendary skin to her Hero Gallery.

Sombra

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We’re pretty sure that’s Sombra, anyway.

Sombra’s New Year skin is purple (of course), with a mask covering her face and a magnificent hat overflowing with orbs.

Without a doubt, this skin would be Legendary, which means it will cost players a cool 3000 credits to unlock if they don’t score it in a loot box.

Lúcio

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Lucio looks ready for some Capture the Flag.

The first thing we noticed about this skin was how similar it looked to Tracer’s Hong Gildong skin from 2019 – particularly the flat brim hat both heroes wear.

Yes, Lúcio’s cap is red instead of a straw one, but we can all agree that this skin would come into the game as a Legendary, which denotes a 3000 credit price tag.

Moira

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Sorry Doomfist, Moira takes top prize for “creepiest skin” this event.

Blizzard decided to somehow make Moira even more intimidating by giving her a mask that’s only beaten in creepiness by Ana’s legendary Tal Mask skin.

At least this Legendary skin finally makes Moira look like the damage orb dealing demon Overwatch players know she is.

Business

Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.