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Overwatch vantage point gives Widowmaker devastating Nepal snipe spot

Published: 25/Jan/2020 20:49 Updated: 25/Jan/2020 21:27

by Alan Bernal


Overwatch fans love finding the strangest ways to get around a map like Nepal to get Widowmaker a cheeky sniping spot, and this player might have found a really effective one.

Going into its fourth year of activity, the Overwatch community are still reinventing how to approach the team-shooter in order to one-up the competition.

Even though Blizzard’s regular patches tend to shakeup the game’s state as it is, players looking to make full use out of their heroes poke and prod through different maps to find which advantages they can find for themselves.

There are a ton of places on Nepal for Widowmakers to get a sneaky kill.

Such was the case with Reddit user ‘Nisse_2005’ who took Widow to Nepal and might have found a useful sniping spot that could take people getting out their respawn by surprise.

Just as they get out of their own spawn, Nisse looked toward the first level of the building to use Widow’s Grappling Hook.

It looks like it could take a couple of tries to land the hook, but once they finally got it, they were able to hoist themselves up to an obscure corner of the map.

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Perching themselves between the building and the mountain side, there wasn’t much of a line of sight to take advantage of – especially since the building they’re on takes away any kind of vision ahead of them.

But a small leap instantly gave the player a clear look straight into the respawn of the enemy team. While it’s a brief window, a skilled player can make use of timing and the new angle to stop a teams push onto the point if they’re able to get a pick on a high-value target.

It’s these kind of sniping spots that won’t be ideal to hold all game long, but picking your moments, especially if the opposite team is regrouping, could net huge dividends thwarting an offense.

Nisse_2005 via Reddit
The apex of the jump gives Widowmaker a good look into the enemy spawn.

Overwatch really shines when players get creative with heroes to take the opponent off-guard. We’ve seen Sigma players use unconventional ults to not only get back in the game, but take entire teams by surprise.

Widowmaker players are famous for how they move around the map to get their advantages, and this snipe spot can be a dangerous tactic to add in their arsenal.


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

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14

by Theo Salaun


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.

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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.