Overwatch Workshop guide: How to create, import, and share modes

Published: 21/May/2019 11:05 Updated: 21/May/2019 11:39

by Joe O'Brien


The Workshop is about to arrive on the Overwatch live servers, and here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of it.

The Workshop is a scripting tool that gives players a huge amount of control over custom games, allowing them to create their own modes that need not adhere to even the fundamental rules of Overwatch.

The feature has been on the Public Test Realm (PTR) since April 24, but this version of the PTR has now been shut down ahead of the update’s anticipated release to the live servers on May 21.

As a result, the Workshop will now be available to players on console platforms that didn’t have access to the PTR, as well as all PC players who didn’t try out the feature while it was in testing.

Whether you want to use the Workshop to create new game modes yourself or simply want to try out some of the creations of others, here’s everything you need to know about how it works.

How to create a Workshop mode

In order to make a Workshop mode, you must navigate to the Game Browser, and hit the “Create” button as you would if you were making an ordinary custom game.

Within the Create Game lobby, go to “Settings” in the top right hand corner. Within the Settings menu, there is a Workshop section in which custom rules can be added to implement changes that wouldn’t otherwise be doable by adjusting standard settings.


Creating Workshop rules

The Workshop allows players to create rules that alter the game in ways that weren’t previously possible.

Each rule can be made up of an Event, Conditions, and Actions. The Event sets what triggers the rule to initiate, as well as which team or players the rule impacts. Conditions determine whether or not the rule actually takes effect depending on whether or not the Conditions are met, and the Actions describe what happens when the rule does take effect.

Blizzard EntertainmentExample rules for a “floor is lava” game mode.

How to import and share game modes

If all you want to do is try out some of the many incredible game modes that have been created by other players, you can do so by importing the game with the appropriate share code.

Within the Settings menu, on the right-hand side is a “Summary” bar, underneath which are four buttons. The second button from the left is the “Import” button, which will allow you to enter a share code that will set the rules of the mode you’re importing.

This mode can then be saved as a personal preset using the button on the far left so that you don’t need to import with the code every time you play it. If you’ve saved a mode you can access it through the Presets section of the Settings.

If you want to share a mode of your own creation, you can do so by generating a share code with the Share button to the right of the Import button.

The Settings menu for custom games.

The Workshop is expected to go live with the May 21 patch that will also introduce the 2019 Overwatch Anniversary event.


Simple Overwatch trick gives Sombra a huge advantage on Hollywood

Published: 1/Dec/2020 11:35

by Lauren Bergin


Hollywood is one of Overwatch’s most iconic maps, but it’s also one of its most challenging. Here’s a fun translocator trick for Sombra that’ll help you out on both attack and defence. 

Sombra has become one of Overwatch’s most notorious heroes both in terms of lore and as a playable character. The Mexican cyber queen is known for her flexibility: she works beautifully as a flanker, has enough raw power to dominate from the backline and can even become a support DPS.

One of the maps that sees the hacker played regularly is Hollywood, where often DPS players jump on Widowmaker or Hanzo to pop some heads. Sombra’s invisibility makes her perfect for dodging out of this full frontal sniper assault.

Another aspect of her kit that makes her the perfect Hollywood pick is her translocator, and one reddit user has a nifty trick to help you dodge attacks but still be impactful in fights.

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The Hollywood wild west set is one of the area’s most deadly to try and navigate.

Sombra translocator trick on Hollywood

Since the nerf to Sombra’s translocator which meant that it could no longer be placed on slanted surfaces, it’s been difficult to find an impactful spot to drop the tiny teleporter on Hollywood. The second area of the map — the Western themed set — is notorious for the slanted rooftops of the fake houses.

Reddit user TheOneLlama has come to the rescue though, and has given Sombra players a nice little translocator trick. If Sombra throws her translocator onto the Pioneer Hotel’s roof across from the walkway between the Bank and the Saloon, the device will land on the peak of the roof which is a flat surface.

From here, Sombra has a perfect eagle-eye view of the upcoming payload. This is perfect for defence because it means she’s there to pick off enemies, but also on attack so that she can disrupt the enemy backline.

nifty little translocate/invis spot I’d thought I should share from r/Overwatch

So, as if Hollywood’s back alleys and passageways weren’t good enough for Sombra, this little trick makes her even more dominant on one of her strongest maps. Try it out and see; you’ll be turning out the enemy’s lights in no time.