Overwatch Workshop $25K Twitch Rivals tournament results - xQc, Emongg, and more - Dexerto
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Overwatch Workshop $25K Twitch Rivals tournament results – xQc, Emongg, and more

Published: 3/Jul/2019 11:56 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 12:45

by Joe O'Brien

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Some of the most popular Overwatch streamers went head-to-head in a Twitch Rivals tournament that used a variety of custom modes created in the Workshop.

The Overwatch Workshop has produced a variety of incredible custom modes, and the latest Twitch Rivals competition saw twelve streamers facing off in some of the most popular and entertaining creations.

The tournament was commentated by Overwatch League analysts Brennon ‘Bren’ Hook and Joshua ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson, the British duo known for their banter and perhaps perfectly suited for such a tournament.  

The competition featured a total of 14 different modes, from simpler modes like Gun Game and Darwin’s 10K Damage FFA variant to the Infinity Stones game inspired by Marvel’s Avengers.

Most of the modes were played as free-for-alls with a single winner, but some – such as “Emote Watch”, in which players can only kill their opponents by using emotes near them, and the epic Splinter Cell-inspired “Spies vs Mercs” mode – were played in teams, with Emongg and xQc heading up opposing squads.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Overwatch Workshop lets players develop a huge variety of creative custom modes.

Free-for-alls offered a first-place prize of $400, with the amount decreasing down the placements to a minimum of $25, while team modes granted $1,200 to split between the winning squad for $200 each, and $300 split between the losers for $50 each.

The final match of the tournament was “Steal the Crown”, a free-for-all game mode in which all players compete as Tracer to capture and hold the ‘Crown’ to earn points, with only their melee ability as a weapon to stun other players.

The mode proved an appropriate ending, as John ‘Wanted’ Lin ultimate stole the crown in the tournament itself. While all eyes were on the battle between Gale_Adelade and Emongg, by winning the final game Wanted earned both a double first-place prize of $800 and a $1000 bonus for having the most wins in the tournament, coming from behind to claim victory.

Final standings and prizes:

Placing Streamer Prize
1 Wanted $3,800
2 Gale_Adelade $2,800
3 Emongg $2,775
4 PVPx $2,175
5 Aspen $2,100
6 Fitzy $2,000
7 xQc $1,950
8 KarQ $1,775
9 Fareeha $1,725
10 Fran $1,625
11 Cuppcake $1,225
12 Yuule $1,050
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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.