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Overwatch and Diablo reportedly getting animated TV shows

Published: 17/Feb/2020 17:34

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard’s hero-based FPS will be taking a massive leap forward in cartoon form according to a new report.

Nick van Dyk, co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, stated that he “developed and sold an animated series based on Blizzard’s Overwatch franchise” on his LinkedIn profile.

It’s unclear who the series was sold to, what platform it would be airing on, and what stage of production it’s in. In the past, Overwatch League has aired some matches on Disney XD, so it’s a possibility that the show could air there.

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An Overwatch animated series is in the works.

Overwatch’s lore has been a hot topic in the community, and to this point has only been expanded upon in the form of animated shorts, comics, Archives event missions, and written stories. However, Overwatch 2 will contain a fully original campaign, but the title does not have a release date.

It’s possible that an animated series could be planned around the release of the sequel in order to build up hype and keep the game’s momentum going.

The report also states that Diablo will be getting an anime-styled Netflix show. As per van Dyk’s description of his position at Activision, he served as an “executive producer of Diablo, a TV adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s IP, rendered in anime style.”

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Could the series launch with Overwatch 2?

The description continues to say, “the show is currently in pre-production for distribution worldwide through Netflix.”

Considering the success of Netflix’s Castlevania series, it’s easy to see why Diablo would fit in with a similar macabre art style.

That said, when a series is in pre-production anything can change, especially when it’s an Activision property. As Dexerto previously reported, the Call of Duty movie is now in limbo according to the film’s would-be director Stefano Sollima.

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Not much is known about the Overwatch series.

While neither of these projects have been officially announced, hopefully they get off the ground.

The last Blizzard title to receive any form of film or TV adaptation was 2016’s Warcraft. The movie grossed $439 million USB at the box office.

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Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.