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Overwatch streamer exposes stream sniping ‘hitmen’ paid to ruin games

Published: 20/Aug/2020 20:25

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer Arrge shared details about a Discord server where Overwatch players would be paid to stream snipe and sabotage games, all for Spotify Gift cards and a prize of $20.

On August 19, the streamer tweeted photos from inside the server, claiming he had heard rumors about it before and only recently could prove their legitimacy.

The screenshots show a section of the server titled “game rules” which list several big name streamers as targets.

Aside from Arrge, the list of eligible targets also include: Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned, Brian ‘Kephrii’ St. Pierre, Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, and TheBasti0nmain.

Secondary targets listed included the likes of Nathen ‘KarQ’ Chan, Holowhirl, KristenRae, Valkia, and Eviltoaster.

After “10 hits” where players would sabotage a streamer’s game, they’d be able to win a 3 month Spotify card, $20, three new Overwatch accounts, and a Diamond ranked DPS account.

The ‘hitmen’ were instructed to post a screengrab of the streamer’s defeat screen with other users reacting to the image to prove its legitimacy.

Discord server to throw Overwatch games
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Seagull and TimTheTatman were targeted by stream snipers.

Arrge’s leaked photos showcase what those screens look like, but hid the identities of the stream snipers.

“If someone has more screenshots from this server, I am willing to trade it for a 3 month Spotify premium card,” he joked.

Holiwhirl, who was one of the targeted streamers couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “Spending hours doing this shit for a CHANCE to win 20$. That’s wild,” she remarked.

It’s unclear what Blizzard can do to prevent these intentional throwers from sabotaging games, but players themselves do have the ability to avoid teammates so they don’t get matched up with them again.

Nonetheless, it’s something that makes streaming extremely tedious and frustrating. Hopefully, a solution is in the works to deal with stream snipers more swiftly and effectively.

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Widowmaker and Ashe skin concepts take Overwatch fans back in time

Published: 21/Jan/2021 11:52

by Lauren Bergin

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Widowmaker and Ashe are two of Overwatch’s most popular DPS characters. The villainous duo have been given a makeover in a recent skin concept that transports us to their academy days. 

Overwatch’s extensive lore is one of the things that sets it apart from its FPS competitors. Only a thin line in the sand separates the villains from the heroes, making us fall in love with them even more.

This is something we hope to see carry through to the game’s mysterious sequel, Overwatch 2, where fans went wild over the possible reveal trailer for a new character and were just dying to learn about this ominous Asa Yamagami and what the situation is with her husband.

Digging into the lore is exactly what this new skin concept does. Posted on Reddit, the artist has imagined two of the game’s most iconic DPS villains back in their youth in a stunning piece of fan art.

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Widowmaker has become Overwatch’s most iconic villain.

Academy Widowmaker and Ashe skin concepts

Taking a deep dive into the history of the two iconic villains’ past, artist Sparrow has depicted them as the two bad girls that you wouldn’t want to mess with in high school.

Entitled ‘Academy Widowmaker and Ashe,’ both girls are seen donning super cute brown tartan skirts with a pink polo shirt with their respective logos. Widow’s shirt is fastened by an adorable red bow, whereas Ashe on the other hand has a loosely tied tie swishing in the wind.

Importantly, the artist has remembered that the French huntress’ blue tinted skin is a result of her later Talon trauma, and so we get to see Amélie Lacroix before her transformation into the navy skinned menace that she’s become.

Ashe is also shown wearing her iconic cowboy hat, with her trusty shotgun remodelled to look a little more antique slung over her shoulder. It harkens back to a time when her hair was a lot longer too, giving the artwork a real historical dimension.

Academy Widowmaker and Ashe… rendered in Cycles from r/Overwatch

Fans react

Not only are fans obsessed with the high quality rendering of u/Sparrow_21‘s amazing art, but they’re loving this skin concept too.

One fan commented on artist’s “interesting” choice of giving Ashe longer hair, calling it a pretty “casual-looking Ashe skin compared to those in game.”

Another writes that the concept is “wonderfully done,” commending the lighting, poses and clothing used to create the look.

So it’s safe to say that fans would love to see a skin like this in game. They’re somewhat reminiscent of Riot Game’s academy line that appears in League of Legends, but Blizzard has never experimented with this kind of idea. Maybe these could line up with an Academy event, who knows? We’ve certainly got our fingers crossed either way!