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Report: Esports Organization Splyce to Manage Toronto’s Overwatch League Team

Published: 13/Aug/2018 22:20

by Vincent Genova

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More details about the new Overwatch League expansion franchise in Toronto have come out and a major name in esports will be involved.

Early reports indicated that Toronto would be the fourth new franchise to enter the OWL, now there is more information on how the ownership of the team will shake out.

ESPN is reporting that a group led by Canadian entrepreneur Michael Kimel is in the final negotiations to acquire the Toronto team for $35 million.

The esports organization Splyce is being brought on to manage the new franchise and will own 10% of the team.

Kimel is a venture capitalist from a wealthy Canadian family and started a wide variety of businesses from nightclub promotion to food delivery apps. He also owns a share of NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins.

Joining in the money group is Westdale Properties, a real-estate firm in Toronto. Westdale Properties is owned by Ron Kimel, Michael’s uncle.

OverActive Media, which invested at least $1.5 million in Splyce since April, will also be a member of the ownership group.

Splyce tried to get into one of the original OWL slots in Boston last year, but the owners of American NFL team the New England Patriots were awarded the franchise instead. It may be a costly move for Spylce as OWL franchise valuations have shot up by $15 million since last year.

Joining Toronto will be new franchises in Paris, Atlanta and Gangzhou, China.

The Overwatch League wants to add a total of six additional franchises for their second season, leaving two spots remaining.

Expansion teams can start adding players to their roster on September 9.

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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.