When is Overwatch Summer Games 2019? Schedule and information - Dexerto

When is Overwatch Summer Games 2019? Schedule and information

Published: 12/Jul/2019 7:43 Updated: 12/Jul/2019 8:17

by Joe O'Brien


The next in-game event on the Overwatch calendar is the Summer Games, and it’s arriving sooner than you might expect.

Summer Games was Overwatch’s very first in-game event, originally celebrating the 2016 Summer Olympics. The event will be returning for its fourth iteration in Summer 2019, but this time around there are expected to be some changes to the standard format.

While Blizzard have yet to announce full details for the event, here’s everything we know about Summer Games 2019 so far.

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When is Summer Games 2019?

In previous years, like most events Summer Games has followed a consistent schedule, taking place over three weeks in August and usually beginning in the second week of the month.

For 2019, however, Jeff Kaplan had hinted that there would be changes to the summer content schedule, and in a recent Developer Update he confirmed this would affect the Summer Games event.

Fortunately, it’s good news for fans of the event, as Kaplan states “It’s going to happen much sooner than it usually happens.” With there being less than a month until the event would be expected to kick off anyway, that would imply that Summer Games could arrive before the end of July, perhaps even as soon as next week.

Blizzard EntertainmentLúcioball is the arcade brawl for the Summer Games event.

What will Summer Games involve?

Assuming no major departure from the usual Summer Games format, the event can be expected to bring back Lúcioball in the arcade, likely with a new map for players to enjoy the mode on.

Blizzard are at least shaking things up a little this year, however, adding a special challenge for each week of the event that will allow players to unlock an epic skin if completed. According to Jeff Kaplan, these will be similar in structure to the Bastet and Baptiste Reunion challenges, which tasked players with winning games and watching partnered streamers.

As always, Summer Games should also introduce a host of new cosmetics, presumably including those that will be awarded for completing the weekly challenges. Players can likely expect 8 to 10 new summer-themed skins to be released.


New Overwatch mode shows how hero ban system would work in ranked play

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:35

by Michael Gwilliam


Hero bans in Overwatch have long been a contested topic amongst the community and the developers, primarily with how such a concept could be implemented. Now, a new mode has been created that shows how hero bans would work in ranked play.

As a competitive game, Overwatch has struggled to maintain balance, often leading to stale metas or overpowered heroes. As a result, this has led to heroes calling for hero bans in ranked play.

In the past, Blizzard has attempted its own variation of hero bans, with the devs themselves deciding which heroes to ban every given week. However, this quickly fell by the wayside as many were unhappy with the implementation.

Those against hero bans normally are so because it means there is a chance those players can’t choose their favorite character. Now, however, this new hero ban mode gives those users the chance to keep playing their main while still getting the benefits of a ban.

Preview of the ingame Hero Ban & Protect system made by @GrandeurHammers for SVB’s experimental PUGs (tonight @ 8:30pm GMT) from Competitiveoverwatch

This new custom game mode lets every player in the lobby first vote on which heroes to protect from a ban before voting on which heroes would be removed from play.

Basically, the heroes with the most votes in the protect phase cannot be banned, but in the event of ties, the system will choose.

The best part about this is the fact that every player on each team has a vote, so if someone really wants to play Mercy, they can ask all their teammates to protect that support so it cannot be banned.

Once heroes have been banned, however, they will be grayed out so no one on either team will be able to pick it.

The mode itself has many different options too such as the number of votes each player gets, the ability to see who voted for what hero, the length of the protect and ban stages, and more.

According to Overwatch content creator SVB, who tested the mode with Pick Up Games, it was designed to replicate what it would be like in ranked where players may not know who their teammates or opponents are.

Overwatch hero ban settings
The hero ban system has a lot of options.

If you want to try it out yourself, the code is HDVGF. Give it a shot and see what you think of the experience.

Who knows, there is even a chance that the devs decide to implement this in some capacity, especially with Overwatch 2 still on the way.