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Overwatch Announces New Partnership with Twitter

Published: 24/Aug/2018 23:09

by Vincent Genova

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The Overwatch League and Twitter have announced a multi-year partnership that will bring more Overwatch content to the social media platform.

The partnership will start immediately, just in time for the Overwatch All Star weekend beginning on August 25.

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Headlining the partnership will be a weekly show, called Watchpoint, that will stream live on Twitter during the Overwatch League season.

According to Blizzard, Watchpoint will offer “stats, match predictions, analysis, and more.”

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I addition to Watchpoint, more media will be coming to Twitter in the form of highlights.

Twitter will drive Overwatch League’s distribution of near real-time highlight clips from every match of the Overwatch League regular season, playoffs, Grand Finals, and All-Star Weekend.

Of course, Overwatch League highlights already exist on Twitter, but this deal may mean more of them are on the way.

Daniel Cherry, Vice President of Activision Blizzard’s Esports Leagues, commented on the new partnership.

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“From the inception of the Overwatch League, the community on Twitter has always been one of our most passionate and engaged. That’s why we are particularly excited to announce this collaboration, beginning with the Overwatch League’s All Star-Weekend.”

Notably absent from the Highlights description is the Overwatch World Cup, which is already underway.

All Star weekend begins on August 25 and Dexerto has you covered with a complete guide on what to expect.

Season 2 of the Overwatch League, and the new show Watchpoint, is expected to start sometime after January 2019.

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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.