Overwatch League arena suffers embarrassing technical difficulty - Dexerto

Overwatch League arena suffers embarrassing technical difficulty

Published: 10/Mar/2019 17:27 Updated: 10/Mar/2019 17:54

by Daniel Cleary


The Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles were left to deal with an embarrassing, but equally funny, technical difficulty, which took place during a broadcast in week four of the Overwatch Leage Season Two, Stage One matches.

An image surfaced of technical difficulties that occurred with one of the screens inside the Blizzard Arena during the Overwatch League match between Seoul Dynasty and Washington Justice.

Although the screen was not captured on broadcast, fans inside the venue took the opportunity to capture it before later sharing the moment on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit.

Overwatch league/blizzardSeoul Dynasty took the victory over Washington Justice 3-1, despite the technical issues.

According to the user, ‘viperware’ on Reddit, who handles the screen management system at the Blizzard Arena, they claim that the fault in the system was due to a power surge with the servers which had effects that lasted for about twenty-five minutes.

One of the main screens in the arena displayed the standard Windows reboot screen for a few minutes before being quickly covered up by a graphic of the Overwatch League logo.

During this time, which was between map 3 and 4 of the game being broadcasted, viperware explained they seemingly “only lost the team logos and player cams for a couple of minutes” and that the team at the studio handled things quickly “got it all back up and running before the start of the next match!”

Reddit/marklanguidWindows reboot message being displayed in the Blizzard Arena.

Many fans didn’t realize it was a power surge that caused the screen to display this message and so the embarrassing image received a lot of views on Reddit.

However, the Overwatch League’s broadcast still managed to finish smoothly despite all of the technical difficulties.


Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
Blizzard Entertainment
The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.