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Could we see Overwatch in Super Smash Bros? Top 5 potential crossover heroes

Published: 2/Jul/2019 21:40 Updated: 2/Jul/2019 21:57

by Bill Cooney

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Some Super Smash Bros. fans are convinced that an Overwatch hero will be coming to the Ultimate as a DLC character, and we have plenty of ideas of who would be perfect for Nintendo to pick.

The latest Smash DLC character announced was Banjo Kazooie during Nintendo’s E3 2019 presentation and fans seemed plenty happy with the choice, even if Banjo isn’t a Nintendo character.

Shortly after Banjo was revealed, a rumor started on Reddit that Overwatch’s poster girl Tracer would be the next DLC character for Smash.

TurningItIntoaSnakeThe alleged character model of Tracer in Smash Bros.

Is Tracer really coming to Smash?

The short answer is no because the Reddit post was proven to be a joke, but that hasn’t stopped fans of both games from speculating about Overwatch heroes coming to Smash.

So to give Nintendo some ideas, as if they don’t have them already, here are five Overwatch heroes we wouldn’t mind seeing in Smash.


5. Doomfist

Blizzard EntertainmentDoomfist would be a great addition to Smash.

Doomfist seems tailor-made to be featured in a fighting game, and his Rocket Punch would translate perfectly to the sidescrolling gameplay of Smash.

Of course Doomfist would operate similar to Captain Falcon and his Falcon Punch, but there’s enough of a difference that the Talon boss would be able to carve out his own niche.

4. Roadhog

Blizzard EntertainmentRoadhogs hook would probably be pretty fun in Smash.

Like Doomfist, Roadhog would be great on Smash stages, especially his hook which would make for a great grab ability, similar to Samus’ Grapple Beam.

If Roadhog did make the journey to Smash, they would probably need to take a look at his Take a Breather ability, because being able to recover damage might be a little too OP.

3. Genji

Blizzard EntertainmentGenji would probably be pretty popular with Nintendo fans.

Apart from Tracer, Genji may be one of the most recognizable Overwatch heroes out there (he’s a cyborg ninja for crying out loud), so he would be a great choice to represent the game in Smash.

If Genji were a playable fighter, his shurikens and dash would definitely be featured and players might actually be able to finally get some eliminations with his Dragonblade.

2. D.Va

Blizzard EntertainmentWho wouldn’t want D.Va in their game?

Who doesn’t love D.Va? Overwatch’s favorite K-Pop star is definitely a fan-favorite, and it wouldn’t take long for her to win over the hearts of the Smash faithful as well.

Her Mech would definitely be a good fighter, but they would have to figure out some way to keep D.Va around after it gets destroyed.

1. Tracer

Blizzard EntertainmentTracer is who comes to mind for a lot of people when they think of Overwatch.

Like we said before, Tracer is the obvious choice to represent Overwatch in Smash since she’s basically become Blizzard’s main mascot for the game at this point.

The best part about adding Tracer into Smash would be that all of her abilities should be able to transfer over pretty easily.

She would be an interesting hero to try out in Smash, with Blink and Recall making her a difficult target to hit and her Pulse Bomb would definitely cause more than a few rage quits.

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

overwatch league 2020 event crowd
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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

Call of Duty League LAN
Call of Duty League
Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.