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Overwatch League team San Francisco Shock accused of mishandling charity money

Published: 1/Dec/2018 15:48 Updated: 5/Mar/2019 16:18

by Bill Cooney

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The After Hours Gaming League responded after users on Reddit brought up a lack of transparency on the use of money raised in a charity drive held by the league and the San Francisco Shock.

The Shock partnered with the AHGL a few months ago to host the “Overwatch NorCal Corporate Clash”, a corporate recreational league where each team paid towards charity to enter for an eight week season and 16 team playoff.

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At the end of the league’s season, the final four teams would pay out-of-pocket to go play at a LAN event somewhere in the San Francisco/Oakland area on December 8.

In the post on November 30 to the OverwatchTMZ subreddit, Reddit user RobertMain showed a discord message that claimed of the $11,800 raised during the fundraising from teams, only $4,000 had gone towards the charity Extra Life, with no explanation for what happened to the rest of the funds.

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In addition to the $7,800 that was accused of being missing, an AHGL representative told teams on November 28 that there was no venue yet for teams to play at, leaving teams and their travel plans in the dark. 

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The AHGL responded to RobertMain’s post a few hours later to clarify how the rest of the money was spent, and to confirm plans for the final LAN:

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As an official representative of the After Hours Gaming League working very closely with the Shock, we would like to clarify a few points.

We first want to acknowledge that our announcement for the LAN was severely delayed, and apologize for making it complicated for competitors to plan their travels. We had secured a venue five months ago, but a third party falling through nullified those plans in recent weeks. After exploring a multitude of local alternatives, the only feasible solution was to push the event back to Sunday. We have directly communicated with semifinalists throughout this process, confirmed their availability for the new date, and are compensating them for any changes they need to make in order to attend on Sunday.

This season of AHGL Overwatch has helped raise $4000 for the local Extra Life guild benefiting the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital with remaining revenue spent on the 8 week regular season of live broadcasts and tournament management, as well as playoffs and the live finals. We hope this clears up any confusion, and once again apologize for the delay in announcing details.

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The event will take place on Sunday, December 9 at Esports Arena Oakland; and in a statement to Invenglobal, the AHGL confirmed the change had been coordinated and agreed upon by the four competing teams.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.