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Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan questions what people like to watch on Twitch

Published: 26/Dec/2019 0:51

by Bill Cooney

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During Overwatch’s annual Yule Log stream, the game’s director Jeff Kaplan wondered aloud about the strange things people want to see streamed on Twitch.

Every year on Christmas Eve, Jeff Kaplan sits in front of a roaring fire for several hours on Twitch to celebrate the holidays with Overwatch fans.

This year, Uncle Jeff decorated the tree with ornaments sent in from Overwatch fans, shared messages from personalities, and even drank some milk tea boba as an early Christmas present to himself.

For one of his skits, reflected on the strange things people seem to enjoy watching on Twitch, while putting together an Overwatch LEGO set.

“I used to think it was weird people would watch streamers eat, you know there’s the ‘eating’ category,” Jeff said while building away. “But we have a guy who works on our team who’s a tech artist who streams, he would stream Overwatch and stuff, and we all thought ‘wow he’s going to be one of the most popular Overwatch streamers because he works on the game and has all the knowledge about what we do that nobody else knows.”

But, surprisingly enough, not even a member of the Overwatch team was able to draw in viewers while playing the game. Instead, it was his eating streams that drew the most viewers.

“Nobody watches his Overwatch stream, except for us, we all tune and watch him when he’s streaming to support him,” Kaplan explained. “But his top viewers were when he streamed himself eating two pizzas.”

“I think that says something about society,” Kaplan continued. “I’m not sure what it says about society, but I’ll let you all draw the conclusions.”

Besides pondering the things people like to watch on Twitch, like a video game director sitting in front of a fire for several hours, for example, Kaplan also talked about his experience playing Overwatch with real players.

“My wife actually teases me because I talk so much during video games, she said I should have been a streamer because I don’t shut up when I play games,” Kaplan joked. “With Overwatch, after a while people started recognizing my voice and at first I used to deny it.”

The Overwatch director explained that when players discovered it was him playing, it made games very strange with everyone focusing on him.

“I actually play with a voice changer when I play Overwatch,” Kaplan revealed. “It’s made the game a lot more fun because I can go back doing what I like doing, which is talking and calling out strategies.”

If you missed the 2019 Overwatch Yule Log stream on Christmas Eve, the full VOD of the festivities can be found in the YouTube video at the top of the story, along with a full replay of the stream on Twitch for Christmas Day.

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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.