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Overwatch League Pulls Impressive Viewership in Disney XD Debut

Published: 18/Jul/2018 3:15 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien

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The Overwatch League made its debut on Disney XD to a sizeable audience.

The OWL was shown on Disney XD for the first time with the quarter-finals of the inaugural season playoffs, with 127,000 viewers tuning in.

The broadcast is the result of a deal between Blizzard and Disney, ESPN and ABC to televise the league, starting with the season one playoffs and running through to the end of Season Two.

The television viewers will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to the Twitch numbers for the league and its partners, after the playoffs kicked off with relatively underwhelming viewership on the streaming platform.

Having opened with numbers as low as 90,000 at times, the playoffs so far don’t seem to have recaptured earlier interest in the league, which launched with a spectacular and unsustainable high but rarely dipped below 100,000 viewers in the earlier stages, before experiencing a gradual decline in average viewership towards the end of the season.

Despite the slight decline in viewership on Twitch, the Overwatch League is still outperforming pre-launch expectations in almost every metric, and a successful launch of the television broadcast is another feather in Blizzard’s cap when it comes to attracting investors and sponsors for future seasons.

Meanwhile, engagement from hardcore fans remains high, with tickets to the grand finals at the Barclays Center in New York sold out and reportedly reselling for as much as 300% of their original sale price.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.