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Overwatch devs haunt players with “terrifying” Orisa ability rework

Published: 8/May/2020 4:01 Updated: 8/May/2020 4:56

by Andrew Amos

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We’ve seen Zenyatta walk. We’ve seen Torbjorn run up walls. Now, the Overwatch devs have created an abomination, turning Orisa into a spider with a new wall climbing ability.

There’s some things in Overwatch that should never exist in the first place, like having Sigma’s toes constantly on display.

While a bunch of weird requests involving Blizzard’s hallmark FPS’ characters remained unanswered, sometimes the developers heed a call that no one really wanted answered.

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Did we really need to see how Orisa climbs walls?

Taking inspiration from a fan’s tweet, Team 4 have delivered on a promise no one asked for. ‘Holiwhirl’ asked for Orisa to wall climb, and now, every player has been subjected to the abomination.

Efi has somehow redesigned Orisa to walk up walls, doing flips while hanging about. It’s rather terrifying, and if this ever made it onto Overwatch live servers, you wouldn’t blame players for uninstalling at first sight.

The haunting ability rework has been labelled a bunch of things. Former OWL pro turned caster Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy called the clip “terrifying,” while content creator ‘Krook’ asked why this tweet even made it out of drafts.

It’s not the first time that Overwatch’s developers have had a bit of fun with quirky fan requests. When signs were spotted on the Overwatch League broadcast saying “let Torb wallrun” and “let Zen” walk, Blizzard allowed it.

Torb’s wallrun was even accompanied by Hanzo’s signature grunt, which was a bit odd coming out from the Swedish engineer’s mouth. One can only imagine how scary it would be seeing a Torbjorn and Orisa vault up a wall together.

Zenyatta’s walk looked like the omnic was tiptoeing through a puddle with socks on, and could be best described as unsettling.

No one asked for this ⁠— well, one person did ⁠— but Overwatch players got it anyway. Whether it’s a weird flex of Efi’s engineering skills, or Orisa evolving a mind of her own, she can now climb walls.

Thankfully, this will never (hopefully) make it to the live game. While players are mentally scarred, at least the developers are having fun.

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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.