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Overwatch Streamer for the Atlanta Reign shares funny story of how she got signed

Published: 27/Nov/2018 22:02 Updated: 27/Nov/2018 22:19

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch streamer Francine ‘Fran’ Vo recently shared the hilarious story of how an early morning email was the beginning of her getting signed as a streamer for the Atlanta Reign.

Fran has streamed Overwatch since around the time the game came out and has consistently been one of the game’s most popular streamers.

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Recently she was part of the Blizzard streamer partnership and got to stream from Blizzard HQ with Overwatch Developers, she even got to play Ashe at BlizzCon 2018 with the one and only Jeff Kaplan.

The first contact she received from the Atlanta Reign came as an email at 2:30 in the morning, she told viewers on stream.

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“It says: ‘Hi I am the owner of the Atlanta Overwatch League team, and I want you to be part of the stream team,’ and then at the bottom, it says ‘Sent from iPhone,’” Fran explained to chat. “I’m over here like, who is this schmuck, with this fake-ass email? This guy’s trying to troll me.”

The email turned out to be legit, though, and a little bit later Fran was meeting with Atlanta Reign staff to talk about becoming a streamer.

“They’re really into having women working in esports,” Fran told her viewers about the Reign’s management. “They were about that life and I loved it, it made me so happy.”

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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.