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Overwatch announces fan art contest for concept skins, amazing prizes up for grabs

Published: 24/Jan/2019 15:18 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 15:28

by David Purcell

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Overwatch has announced the launch of an exciting fan art contest, encouraging designers to submit their best hero skin concepts.

This will give passionate fans a chance to take their favorite characters from the game and transform them in their own unique image.

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The competition is set to launch on January 28 and will give creators until February 19 to get their designs in, with a shortlist of potential prize winners drawn up in that time. 

Jack FrostWe have seen some amazing fan-made concepts of late, like this ‘Bumblebee Bastion’ skin design.

A total of nine winners will be selected from all of the submissions and revealed on March 15, with a number of prizes up for grabs – including up to $80 Blizzard Balance, Overwatch backpacks, tshirts, keychains and more.

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Entries will be judged using four criteria: creativity (35%), visual presentation (25%), expressing the traits of Overwatch characters (20%) and finally online voting (20%) will also play a part.

Designs must be sent to [email protected], which is the contest email address, along with your name, Battle.Net ID, Battle.Net email, contact number, artwork title and the concept of creation. 

“Like all of you, we here at Blizzard are big fans of our Overwatch family and every once in a while, we like to reimagine them in different guises” an official statement posted to their Facebook account says. “Now it’s your turn to shine.” 

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To help people out with their submissions, the Overwatch team has posted a sample entry which will give you an idea of what they’ll be looking for, along with a few rules that must be followed – which can all be found below. 

Entries should look something like this for the Overwatch fan art contest, with custom weapon designs.

General rules:

  • One entry per participant, per B.net account.
  • Entries must be original, and participants must own the copyright.
  • Participants must be from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia or Vietnam.

If you’re interested in taking part, you can find more details such as exact specifications required for submissions, more specific prize details and other conditions by heading over to the official Overwatch Facebook page.  

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.