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Overwatch League Set To Announce Two New City Franchises in USA and China

Published: 1/Aug/2018 16:41 Updated: 1/Aug/2018 22:56

by Calum Patterson

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According to reports, Blizzard is set to announce two new franchises for the Overwatch League, one in Atlanta, USA and the other Guangzhou, China.

Esports journalist and consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau states that Blizzard will announce the expansion on August 1, and the two franchises will be backed by some major investors.

Following the conclusion of season 1, with the London Spitfire winning the finals at the Barclays Center in New York, speculation on the league’s expansion has heightened.

The two new teams would take the total franchise count to 14. Currently, the Shanghai Dragons are the only Chinese team, and given Chinese viewership figures, another franchise for the region is a logical step.

The franchise for Guangzhou will be backed by the Nenking Group, who own Chinese Basketball Association’s Guangzhou Long-Lions.

For the Atlanta franchise, COX Enterprises, an Atlanta based conglemerate operating mainly the COX Media Group, will provide the backing.

The expansion slots are reported to sell for $30 million, rising to even as high as $60 million, according to ESPN, so it is a serious undertaking for these investors. Season One franchise spots cost $20 million.

ESPN also report that McCourt Global are attempting to ‘obtain regional rights’ for a Paris based franchise, though it is unclear if any advancement has been made.

In total, Blizzard has stated it aims to expand by adding a further six franchises for Season 2, across North America, Europe and Asia.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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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
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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.