Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland update has broken BlizzardWorld - Dexerto

Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland update has broken BlizzardWorld

Published: 12/Dec/2018 17:53 Updated: 12/Dec/2018 22:19

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland introduced a new holiday skin for the BlizzardWorld map and apparently a whole load of game-breaking bugs to go along with it.

Bugs can be pretty common after Overwatch updates, recently there were confusing animations applied to Winston’s barrier and Tesla Cannon that were just recently patched out.

Usually though, these bugs aren’t game-breaking, like the examples that have been coming out of BlizzardWorld since the December 11 update.

Red team cant leave spawn. KOTH Scoreboard on a hybrid map. MeRRy CHrIsTMas GaMErS from r/Overwatch

There are a few different ways BlizzardWorld can freak out, but players have reported that the bugs seem to happen only in arcade modes, like No Limits or Total Mayhem, so it seems Competitive and Quick Play are safe, for now.

First, players have reported that they’ve been trapped in spawn on the map either on attack or defense, but it really doesn’t matter which side they’re on because BlizzardWorld has decided it wants to be a King of the Hill map instead of a Hybrid.

If players manage to get out of spawn and capture the first point, there’s a good chance the payload won’t move at all. Players on Reddit wrote that the payload stays contested, even when it’s just the attacking team around it.

The good news is that players reported the problem fixed itself, after waiting around in the match for an hour.

I have never seen Overwatch fuck up this badly. from r/Overwatch

Obviously, this is not supposed to happen. A King of the Hill map set in BlizzardWorld would be awesome, but it seems like the map may have jumped the gun.

Since this is clearly a pretty significant bug, Blizzard will probably roll out a fix sooner than later, but for now, fans will just have to pray to Jeff they don’t get BlizzardWorld in the map queue.

UPDATE: Blizzard has since disabled BlizzardWorld until further notice to work on a fix for the problems.


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


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.

overwatch league 2020 event crowd
Ben Pursell For Blizzard Entertainment
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.” 

Call of Duty League LAN
Call of Duty League
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.