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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


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.

World of Warcraft

Overwatch players discover fun Torbjorn Easter Egg in WoW

Published: 30/Nov/2020 16:35

by Lauren Bergin


With the release of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, players are getting to explore even more of the WoW universe than ever before. One player has found a cheeky little Overwatch Easter Egg while exploring. 

There’s a lot of different things to see in the new World of Warcraft expansion Shadowlands. There’s everything from magical chests to the huge tower seen in the trailer, Torghast, but there are also some fun little touches that are quintessentially Blizzard.

Whether it’s giving Widowmaker a skin that matches that of her Starcraft equivalent Nova in Overwatch, or the fact that you can own a baby Winston pet in WoW, the Blizzard universe is full of fun little Easter Eggs – if you know where to look.

Well, Blizzard have done it yet again in WoW, where a fun little Easter Egg will have Overwatch fans hyped.

WoW Shadowlands castle
The WoW: Shadowlands universe is pretty intense, but it’s still got some little fun Easter Eggs.

Player finds Torbjorn Easter Egg in WoW

One player on Twitter has discovered a cheeky little Overwatch reference in the Halls of Valor which, while it’s existed since the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, has risen to prominence yet again due to this Twitter post about Shadowlands.

User Jay3OW, a streamer for Overwatch League team Florida Mayhem, posted a screenshot of himself in the Halls of Valor standing in front of two NPCs: King Tor and King Bjorn, who just happen to be positioned right next to each other.

It goes without saying that this is a subtle nod to the Overwatch hero Torbjorn, who Jay3 has no doubt played once or twice. He taunts Blizzard for successfully having ‘deciphered the coded message’ and seems over the moon with his fun little discovery.

So while it’s just a seemingly silly little detail, it’s great to see how much effort that Blizzard to go into every game they create to give it their own stamp of authenticity.

Will we find more of these throughout the Shadowlands? Who knows, but it’ll be fun to look for them either way!