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New York Excelsior Goes Back-to-Back With Overwatch League Stage 3 Playoff Victory

Published: 7/May/2018 1:21 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:49

by Joe O'Brien

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New York Excelsior are the Overwatch League Stage 3 Champions.

The Excelsior beat Boston Uprising in the finals to claim back-to-back stage titles, having also won the Stage 2 playoffs.

NYXL had a third consecutive stage with a 9-1 record in the regular season matches, but this time it wasn’t enough to take the top seed as Boston Uprising finished undefeated at 10-0.

New York consequently face LA Valiant in the semi-finals, while Boston Uprising had their pick of the playoff teams and chose LA Gladiators for their own semi-final match-up. Both teams won their semi-final matches with convincing 3-0 sweeps.

In the end, the final was another 3-0 for New York, although the score-line is a little deceptive as it included a draw in the third map, Volskaya, forcing a fourth map in the series before the Excelsior claimed the victory, also taking revenge for their loss to Boston in the regular season.

As well as the stage title, New York Excelsior claimed a $100,000 bonus prize for the win, while Boston Uprising will receive $25,000 for their second-place finish.

New York and Boston are also the first- and second-place teams in the overall regular season standings, which will determine the qualifying teams and seeding for the $1.5million season playoffs after Stage 4 of the regular season.

The Stage 3 playoff placements:

  • 1st – New York Excelsior – $100,000
  • 2nd – Boston Uprising – $25,000
  • 3rd/4th – LA Valiant
  • 3rd/4th – LA Gladiators

Stage 4 of the Overwatch League begins on May 16th, the last five-week stage offering teams the final chance to lock in a spot in the end-of-season playoffs.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.